Frankfort Suffrage Lane banner

Example of the street banners that the Frankfort Women's Suffrage Centennial Chorus has been putting up each year since 2019 - this one features Madeline McDowell Breckinridge of Lexington, Fayette County. Click on her name in the tags below to see all the entries in the Kentucky Woman Suffrage Project that relate to her career.

NVWT marker for Madeline McDowell Breckinridge

Image for National Votes for Women Trail marker for Madeline McDowell Breckinridge - located at Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate, 120 Sycamore Road, Lexington, KY 40502 @38.029307,-84.479944

The marker content states: "Childhood Home, Kentucky Equal Rights Assn. Pres. Madeline McDowell Breckinridge who whosted receptions here 1916 & 1920 for suffrage conventions. (William G. Pomeroy Foundation 2020, [marker no.] 21)

Hamilton Female College Delegation in Lexington's 1916 Suffrage Parade

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Perhaps it was the charisma of the vision that the new president Burris Jenkins had for a rejuvenated Transylvania College soon after he arrived in 1901. Perhaps it was the long tradition of Lexington's support for women's professional education and higher learning. At any rate, new faculty hires at Transylvania and the newly merged Hamilton Female College in the early 1900s created a unique grouping of women's rights activists.

Dolly Manire (1874-1965) of Christian County, suffragist and election officer

Dolly (or Dollie) Frances Winsett Manire (November 6, 1874 - December 27, 1965) lived in Christian County, Kentucky; and, according to her granddaughter Flora Schaller, Manire "met with groups, wrote letters, and answered questions as she campaigned for the right for women to vote." The Christian County Suffrage League was formed at a public meeting in Hopkinsville on April 16, 1914. The local newspaper described a "large crowd" at the new assembly hall, the Avalon, which had opened only a year before. Introduced by local judges W.P. Winfree and William T.

Re: Kentucky Ratifies the 19th Amendment

This post is a reply to one of the entries on the KWSP Timeline. Kentucky was the 24th state to ratify the "Susan B. Anthony" Amendment - not the 23rd as has been stated in several reputable sources. Rhode Island's legislature had also met on its opening day on January 6, 1920, and passed the ratification resolution in both houses soon after 1 p.m. Kentucky's legislature did not finalize its resolution until just after 4 p.m. the same day.

Laura Clay's Split from the Kentucky Equal Rights Association

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One of the most intriguing aspects of the Kentucky equal rights movement is the tension that led to Laura Clay’s break from the Kentucky Equal Rights Association (KERA) and the National Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA). From the establishment of KERA in 1888, Clay had dedicated her life to the organization and fighting for women’s rights.

Pamphlet of suffrage sites in downtown Lexington KY

Title: "A Tour of Downtown Lexington, KY of Sites Relating to Women's Suffrage History"

Publication: Developed by Randolph Hollingsworth, PhD, in support of Breaking the Bronze Ceiling - an initiative to build a monument commemorating women's history in the Bluegrass. See more at

Date: [2019]

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