When considering the women’s suffrage movement, most Americans think of iconic national figures like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. However, the fight for the right to vote was by no means monolithic. In fact, much of the work was done on a state and local level by women whose names don’t make the pages of high school history textbooks. As I’m sure you all know, the Kentucky Woman Suffrage Project has done amazing work to uncover and catalog the history of these women across the state. This year, Dr. Melanie Beals Goan is releasing a book detailing the history of the

A Conversation with Melanie Goan

Joanna Lile Blog Post

This week I had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Melanie Goan.  Dr. Goan, an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Kentucky, is currently conducting research for a book on the suffrage movement in Kentucky.  I asked her to address some of the ways she is seeking to fill the gaps in our knowledge of the movement, as well as some of the challenges and unexpected findings she has encountered along the way.   

JL: What are some of the main questions you are hoping to answer through your research?

MG: I study Kentucky history and I’ve always known the story of Kentucky

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Rachel Norton Blog Post


Hello H-Net Kentucky friends! 

My name is Rachel Norton and I currently working at the Mountain Association of Community and Economic Development (MACED). I am a part of a program called How$mart where I perform home energy evaluations for low to moderate income families all over eastern Kentucky. We are able to provide on-bill financing through rural electric cooperatives in order to complete energy efficiency retrofits on their homes which saves them money and improves their quality of life. 

I also started my own home energy evaluating business called "Rachel Saves the World" here in