One Hundred Years Ago Today, February 3, 1916

ajaxhelperHarriot Goes to Kansas

One hundred years ago today Long Island resident Harriot Stanton Blatch was tired of waiting for New York to give women the vote, and so announced she was buying another residence in Kansas. Kansas law stated that if a woman owned property in the State for six months she could then vote there. Harriot (daughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton) reasoned that if she could vote in federal elections in Kansas she could influence legislators to vote for the 19th Amendment, thus enfranchising all women throughout the nation. It does seem sad that women had to resort to such wily solutions, but their perseverance paid off in the long run.

The read the whole story of Harriot’s Kansas purchase click here: newspapers.com/clip/4196910//

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