Dec 30 2019

Women Suffrage Committee Update

The OH WSCC has been diligently working on creating, organizing and circulating a structure for the public to use from a logo design to a website for event postings across Ohio to include suggested event proposals to honor the complicated struggle of Ohio women and the significant milestone that provides an opportunity to learn about the most significant movements for equal rights in U.S. history.​

Women Suffrage website: ​https://www.ohiosos.gov/secretary-office/office-initiatives/ohio-womens-suffrage-centennial/

Visit the website to learn how you can help support and work with the commission.

How to submit events to website, use of logo, committee members, voter registration
kits, donations, commission mtg dates, etc.​

What is the OH WSCC? The OH WSCC oversees the statewide commemoration of the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote. Throughout 2020, the commission will host and promote service projects, youth education opportunities, public memorials and other events around the state. The commission is led by OH Secretary of State Frank LaRose and co-chaired by State Senators Stephanie Kunze and Sandra Williams. 

Ohio ratified the 19th amendment June 1919. Tennessee was the 36th state to ratify the 19th amendment August 1920. The centennial celebration will end on Aug. 26, 2020 during the Republican Party National Convention. Major events are being discussed to be held in Columbus in early Aug. 2020. Cleveland Indians baseball team is working on holding a celebration of the Wscc against the Cincinnati Reds at the Ohio Challenge in June.​


Ohio women who saw the results of their 1900 combats:
1. Harriet Taylor Upton – Warren Ohio. Her father was a congressman. She was the first woman elected to a local school board & was elected president of the Ohio Woman’s Suffrage Association.
2. Florence E. Allen – Cleveland, OH. A graduate of Western Reserve University she was a lawyer and started her own law practice at a time when women lawyers were rare. She was the first woman to serve on Ohio Supreme Court; one of the first women to be a US federal judge,
3. Hallie Quinn Brown – Wilberforce, OH. Hallie was born a free slave. She graduated from Wilberforce University taught in Dayton public schools. She later taught at Central State University &  Wilberforce. Many women suffrage groups didn’t  welcome African=American women  taught that they could only win suffrage if they excluded African- American suffrage from their debate. Brown helped found the National League of Colored Women.
4. Pauline Perimeter Steinem – Toledo, OH. Pauline grew up in Germany amp; immigrated with her husband at the age of 19. She was the first woman elected to the Toledo school board & may have been the first Jewish woman to hold elected office in America. She became president of the Ohio woman Suffrage Association; wrote to suffrage association chapters across the state. Steinem is the paternal grandmother of feminist Gloria Steinem.
5. Betty Wilson – Cincinnati, OH. Betty taught for 40 years in Cincinnati public school; was elected to the school board. She was an officer of the Hamilton County Suffrage Association. She ran unsuccessfully for the state House of Representative twice.

6. Belle Sherwin – Cleveland, OH. Belle was the founder of the Consumers League of Ohio, that lobbied for fair wage ; safe working condition for women. Sherwin, father was the founder of the Sherwin Williams Co. When the suffrage party disbanded, the Cleveland chapter of the League of Women Voters was formed which Sherwin helped lead. Sherwin was president of the National League of Women Voters from

Here are some Ohio women first following the passing of the 19 th amendment:
Frances Bolton first woman to serve in Congress
Nancy Hollister, first woman to serve as Lt. Gov & was Gov for 11 days
Maureen O’Connor first woman to serve as Chief Justice of the OH Supreme Court
Jeanette Bradley, first African Woman to serve as Lt. Gov
Jo Ann Davidson first woman to serve as Ohio Speaker of the House
Bette Montgomery , first woman to serve as Attorney General
Jane Timken, first woman to hold Chair of the Ohio Republican Party
Victoria Woodhull, first women to run for US President
Mary Ellen Withrow, first woman Ohio Treasurer & US Treasurer
Bobbie Sterne, first woman elected to Cincinnati City Council & first woman Mayor
Marian Spencer, first African Woman elected to Cincinnati City Council
Sandra Beckwith, first woman appointed Judge US District Court of Southern OH
Sojourner Truth, a free slave “Ain’t I a Woman” Spoke at the first suffrage convention in Salem, OH
Harriet Beecher Stowe, author “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”

The first 6 women elected to the Ohio Legislature in 1922 were:
Nettie Mackenzie Clapp, Cleveland
Lulu Thomas Gleason, Lucas Cty
Nettie Bromley Loughead, Cincinnati
Adelaide Sterling Ott, Youngstown
May Martin Van Wye, Cincinnati
Maude Comstock Waitt, Cleveland
Harriet Tubman may not be from OH but she will replace President Andrew Jackson picture on the $20 bill. She was the first woman conductor of the underground railroad.