Lifting As We Climb
The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting American women the right to vote, is making 1920 a banner year for suffragists. Ratification power sits in the hands of white Tennessee legislators and, in order to appease them, white suffragists have distanced themselves from African American suffragists. Mary Church Terrell, a founding member of the National Association of Colored Women, racial equality activist, and ardent suffragist who has worked alongside her white counterparts, discovers this when she and her sisters-in-arms are asked to curb their activities. Now Mary must decide her future role in the movement and in a relationship with women she trusted, answering the question: did these women break faith for their own sakes or were they acting for the greater good?
Carrie Chapman Catt and her “Winning Plan” culminated in ratification of the 19th Amendment. American women waged a long and contentious battle for the vote. The struggle nurtured several generations of strong women leaders, most of which have been forgotten. Mrs. Catt, once one of the most well-known women in the world, is one of those extraordinary leaders.
And she was a friend of Mary Church Terrell.