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Carrie Chapman Catt

From: United States: Iowa, Wisconsin
Fields: Activism and Social Service
Catt, Carrie Chapman (1859-1947), American woman suffrage leader, born in Ripon, Wisconsin, and educated at the State College of Iowa. After serving as teacher and principal in the schools of Mason City, Iowa, she became in the 1890s an organizer and lecturer for the woman suffrage movement. She was president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association from 1900 to 1904 and of the International Woman Suffrage Alliance, which she helped to organize, from 1904 to 1923. She was reelected president of the national association in 1915, retaining this post until her death. Catt's campaign achieved success in 1920, when all American women won the right to vote. In the same year she participated in founding the National League of Women Voters. In the 1920s and '30s, Catt was active in the cause of international peace, serving as head of the National Committee on the Cause and Cure of War from 1925 to 1932.

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