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The Blue Book of Iowa Women A History of Contemporary Women

Compiled by Winona Evans Reeves, 1914.


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Carrie Chapman Catt

For more than twenty-five years Mrs. Carrie Chapman Catt who is president of the International Woman's Suffrage Alliance, lived in Iowa.  She was state lecturer and organizer of the Woman's Suffrage Association of Iowa in 1890-'92.  To her is due in a large measure the marked impetus which equal suffrage received in Iowa at that time.  She was born in Ripon, Wis., the daughter of Lucius and Maria Clinton Lane.  She was educated in the State Industrial College of Iowa.  Later she took a special course in law, which knowledge has been of the greatest aid in promoting suffrage measures.  For several years she was principal of the high school at Mason City and later was elected superintendent of the schools.  In 1884 she was married to Lee Chapman who died two years later.  She was married in 1890 to George William Catt, a prominent civil engineer, who died in 1905.  No other woman in the United States has a wider reputation in the work for equal suffrage than Carrie Chapman Catt.  She served in various capacities in the state work in Iowa, then became president of the National Woman's Suffrage Association and is now president of the International Association.  She has lectured in every state in the union.  She went to Colorado, Idaho, and Louisiana during the campaign and was an active agent in bringing about the passage of suffrage bills.  She has gone again and again to Europe in the cause of suffrage and has lectured in many countries.  She has worked for the passage of laws in various states to give women the right to vote on tax levying questions.  She has a remarkable mind, which reasons questions with the greatest logic.  As a platform speaker she has few equals.



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