Ripon in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Carrie Chapman Catt
Inscription. A national leader of the woman suffrage movement, Carrie Chapman Catt was born in Ripon, Wisconsin, in 1859 and spent most of her life as a tireless crusader for women’s rights. A gifted organizer, political strategist and public speaker, Catt suceeded Susan B. Anthony as president of the nation’s most important suffrage group, the National American Woman Suffrage Association, from 1900-04 and 1915-20. She transformed the movement into a purposeful organization and led the successful campaign for ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote. After passage of the amendment in 1920, Catt helped found and served as first president of the League of Women Voters. Her concern with women’s rights was worldwide, and in 1904 she was elected first president of the International Woman Suffrage Alliance and served in the post until 1923. In later years, she was active in the international peace and disarmament movement. She died in New Rochelle, New York, in 1947.
By Keith L, October 28, 2007
1. Carrie Chapman Catt Marker
“How I pity those who have not felt the grip of the oneness of women struggling, serving, suffering, sacrificing for the righteousness of women’s emancipation!”
Erected 1984 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 273.)
This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
By Keith L, October 28, 2007
2. Carrie Chapman Catt Marker
Location. 43° 51.019′ N, 88° 51.037′ W. Marker is in Ripon, Wisconsin, in Fond du Lac County. Marker is at the intersection of West Fond du Lac Street (State Highway 23 / 49) and Union Street on West Fond du Lac Street. Touch for map. Marker is at the southwest corner of the intersection in Pedrick Wayside. Marker is in this post office area: Ripon WI 54971, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ceresco (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Congregational Church of Ripon (approx. 0.6 miles away); Ripon College (approx. 0.7 miles away); 401 Watson Street (approx. 0.8 miles away); Birthplace of the Republican Party (approx. 0.8 miles away); Birthplace of Republican Party (approx. 0.8 miles away); First Baptist Church of Ripon (approx. 0.9 miles away); In Memory (approx. 5.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ripon.
Also see . . . Carrie Chapman Catt: A Biography. "On August 26, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment officially became part of the United States Constitution. One hundred forty-four years after U.S. independence, all women in the United States were at last guaranteed the right to vote." (Submitted on December 21, 2007.)
By Allen C. Browne, August 9, 2015
3. Carrie Chapman Catt
This 1927 portrait of Carrie Chapman Catt by Mary Eliot Foot hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.
“Carrie Chapman Catt’s organizational talents are credited with making the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) an effective force in winning the struggle for women’s right to vote. In NAWSA, she worked with such leaders as Susan B. Anthony to win the franchise state by state, and also for a constitutional amendment. Initially condemning America’s flood of immigrants, whom she believed were influenced by their paternalistic Old World cultures to vote against women’s suffrage, Catt eventually discarded such xenophobic simplifications, founded the International Woman Suffrage Alliance, and became a crusader for internationalism and world peace. In 1900 she replaced Anthony as president of NAWSA and was again elected president in 1915, leading the organization during the successful passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920, which guaranteed all American women the right to vote.” — National Portrait Gallery
Additional keywords. Carrie Clinton Lane
Categories. • Notable Persons • Women •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 21, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 2,174 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 21, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. 3. submitted on August 10, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.