I have learned a large amount about the history of the Connecticut Woman’s Suffrage Movement and the actions and agendas they pushed. In an article by Jessica D. Jenkins, written in 2016, she gives the history and actions of the CWSA. Connecticut’s start for pushing for woman’s rights began in the late 1860s. Frances Ellen Burr of Hartford collected signatures for a petition for the support of woman’s rights. She was described as the leader of the suffrage movement in Connecticut. Though through her efforts a bill pertaining woman’s suffrage was presented to Connecticut’s General Assembly. The bill was turned down but this caused a stir within the people of Connecticut. A result the Connecticut Woman’s Suffrage Association was formed in Hartford in 1869. The group argued for their cause to legislators and pressed to consider suffrage bills to be addressed at their hearings. Though the group was mostly dominated by woman, the movement contained some important male figures as well. A lawyer named George A. Hickox signed the CWSA constitution and became a member. In 1870, Hickox became the vice president of the group and regularly published stories on the topic of universal suffrage. The CWSA had very few victories and was lagging behind most of the other suffrage movements who have already achieved the adoption of full woman’s suffrage. These states were the Wyoming territory in 1869, Utah in 1870, Colorado in 1893, and Idaho in 1896. This slow development would quickly blossom into a large suffrage movement in the 20th Century.
In 1910, Hartford’s Katharine Houghton Hepburn became the president of the CWSA and used different tactics to lead the group to success. She focused on advertising and spreading the words of the movement. They got in a car and stopped in 32 different communities handing out flyers and giving speeches. In May 1914, suffrage clubs for men and woman stretched from Putnam to Stanford. Also in 1914, the first suffrage parade was held in Connecticut with over 2000 participants. By 1917, the group reached over 32,000 members.
This article leaves three main driving questions.
- What articles did George A. Hickox write?
- Did Katharine Houghton Hepburn stop at Suffield during her promotion spree in her car?
- Did people from Suffield attend the suffrage parade in 1914?