History of the League of Women Voters
The League of Women Voters of
Crawfordsville and Montgomery County as a whole had a remarkable tradition of active, vital work on behalf of women’s suffrage in the late l9th and early 20th centuries. Zerelda Wallace, stepmother of General Lew Wallace, was notable among women leaders, as was Dr. Mary Holloway Wilhite, one of Indiana’s earliest female doctors and the president of Montgomery County’s women’s suffrage organizing committee. Everything that the LWVMC has achieved rests on the shoulders of such pioneers and decades of subsequent work to remind Americans that educating oneself about civic issues and then acting upon issues when action is called for lies at the heart of a democratic society.
The birth of the League as an official organization in Montgomery County happened in 1947. Georgia Manson, along with her invalid husband, ran a coal yard. This experience, according to oral testimony on the 40th anniversary of the LWVMC, made her “very hot on women’s rights.” Manson organized a town meeting and invited presidents of all the women’s organizations in town. Pat Hall, another businesswoman, stepped up to help lead this effort. [See More]
The League of Women Voters of the United States
The League of Women Voters was founded by Carrie Chapman Catt in 1920 during the convention of the National American Woman Suffarge Association. Thge convention was held just six months before the 19th amendment tot he U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote after a 72-year struggle. [See More]