Carrie Chapman Catt Writes that "Women Vote on Equal Terms With Men in 26 Countries" Four Years After Obtaining Suffrage
ANSLeader in women's rights and the founder of the International Women's Suffrage Alliance, which continues to work on behalf or women's and girls' human rights today. Autograph Quotation signed in full by Catt: "Women vote on equal terms / with men in 26 countries / of the world. / Carrie Chapman Catt / Jan. 25, 1924". On card stock, 5-1/8" x 3-1/4", soiled on rear where traces of glue and paper remain, a bit of edgewear, else very good.
Carrie Chapman Catt (1859-1947), suffragist and women's rights advocate, was Chairman of the Committee on Organization, a committee created after she persuaded Susan B. Anthony of its necessity. Catt proved an able lieutenant to Anthony and succeeded her as the head of the NAWSA in 1900. She developed a two-prong campaign which came to be known as Mrs. Catt's "Winning Plan" and which sought passage of a suffrage amendment while continuing to push for winning suffrage for women on a state level. Her tact and statesmanship won over Woodrow Wilson and other influential politicians who previously objected to women's suffrage. Catt cleared the path for the 19th Amendment by leading the NAWSA in a campaign in 1917 to unseat four unsympathetic senators. As a politician and a general she was quite prepared to promulgate a 'take no prisoners' policy when necessary. She was crucial to the 1920 ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the vote. As the founder of the International Woman Suffrage Alliance, she was also integral to women obtaining the right to vote across Europe. Today, under the name International Alliance for Women, the organization continues working for worldwide human rights that improve the lives of women and girls by increasing access to education, political and legal protections, and healthcare.
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