Carrie Chapman Catt (1859 -1947) began her career as a national women’s rights activist when she addressed the National American Woman Suffrage Association in 1890 at their national convention in Washington D.C.. She quickly became a dedicated writer, lecturer, and recruiter for the suffrage movement. In 1892 Susan B. Anthony asked Catt to give an address to Congress on the proposed suffrage amendment. Anthony supported Catt as her successor as NAWSA president in 1900. A few years later Catt focused her energies on the International Suffrage Alliance and promoted equal suffrage rights while traveling world-wide. When she returned to the States about ten years later, she personally saw to it that President Wilson supported a suffrage amendment, and the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified on August 26, 1920. Catt then founded the League of Women Voters and served as its honorary president until she died in 1947.
Last updated: February 26, 2015