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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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Miss May Rogers

Miss May Rogers, club woman, journalist and lecturer, was born in Dubuque, and that city has always been her home.  She wears the insignia of the Colonial Dames, D. A. R. and U. S. Daughters of 1812.  She has been president of the Dubuque Woman's Club, regent of the Dubuque Chapter, D. A. R. and chairman of Borough Number One of the Iowa Society of Colonial Dames.  She was the first state correspondent of the General Federation of Women's Clubs.  She was a member of the first board and a signer of the articles of incorporation, May 13, 1892.  The Iowa Federation was admitted to the General Federation on her motion.  She has been a frequent after dinner speaker on club and patriotic themes.  She was one of the principal speakers as the Semi-Centennial of Iowa, at Burlington, October, 1896, her subject, "The Pioneer Woman and the Club Woman."  She has lectured in many cities in this state and elsewhere.  She has delivered her lecture on Madame Roland in New York, Baltimore, Washington, Chicago, New Orleans, Cheyenne and Oakland.  During the Columbian Exposition she spoke in the Woman's building on "The Novel as an Educator of the Imagination."  She spoke in 1910 before the Chicago Equal Suffrage League on "The Conservation of Privilege."  At the Philadelphia Biennial, G. F> W. C., May 12, 1894, she spoke on women as "A New Social Force."  At the Des Moines Chautauqua in 1898, she lectured on "The Civic Duty of Women."  In New York City in 1892 she spoke before the association for the advancement of women from the capitalistic point of view, being, "Women in Relation to Labor Reform."  Recently she has largely confined her lectures to Iowa history, and to patriotic themes as "Forefather's Day,"  "Causes and Ideals of the Revolution."  She spoke before the Iowa D. A. R. Conference in 1900, on "The Settlement of Iowa."  As a journalist she has done much editorial and special reporting.  Her book reviews are literary essays.  Her papers on Lydia Maria Child, Charlotte Bronte and George Eliot were widely copied and commented on.  In 1878 she published her Waverly Dictionary, of the characters of Scott's novels, which has had a very wide circulation.  Her father, Thomas Rogers, came to Dubuque, from New York, in 1839.  He was a scholar, a lawyer and an orator.  In 1850 he married Anna W. Burton.  He directed the historical studies of the daughter and read with her the Greek and Latin classics.  Miss Rogers has been an extensive traveler.  She wrote for the Dubuque papers her experiences in the shipwreck of the City of Chicago, off the Irish Coast, July 1, 1892.  She is much interested in financial affairs and manages her own business interests.



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