Laura Clay (1849-1941), Kentucky Suffragist and Voice of the South

Laura Clay (February 9, 1849 — June 29, 1941) grew up in a large family of activists at a farm in Madison County. Her father, Cassius Clay, was a friend of Abraham Lincoln and ambassador to Russia. Her mother, Mary Jane Warfield Clay, and her sisters all supported the woman suffrage movement, and farming kept them economically independent as they went on in life, whether divorced or married.

Kentucky legislature refuses to return to partial suffrage for women again

In addition to her many other social reform campaigns, including the building of a state tuberculosis sanitorium, Madeline McDowell Breckinridge lobbied in the early years of the 20th century for the restoration of Kentucky women's right to vote in school board elections.

Repeal of School Suffrage for Kentucky Second-Class Cities

Women's right to vote in school board elections In Lexington, Covington and Newport (Kentucky's second-class cities) was revoked in late January 1902. During the Lexington school board elections of 1901 there was a swell of political activity by Black women who were supporting the Republican Party. In fact, more black women registered to vote than white women. Newspapers and politicians alike complained that “illiterates” and “prostitutes” had overwhelmed the women’s voter booths. Lexington's Representative William A. "Billy" Klair and Senator J.

Fayette Equal Rights Association hosts booth in Lexington Manufacturers Exposition Hall

Under the direction of Josephine Henry, the Fayette County Equal Rights Association (FERA) set up a booth in the Lexington Manufacturers Exposition that opened on 17 December 1894 and lasted for three weeks.


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