Carrie Chapman Catt

Carrie Chapman Catt, 1859–1947, American suffragist and peace advocate, b. Carrie Lane, Ripon, Wis., grad. Iowa State College (now Iowa State Univ.), 1880. She was superintendent of schools (1883–84) in Mason City, Iowa. In 1885 she married Lee Chapman, a journalist (d. 1886), and in 1890, George Catt, an engineer (d. 1905). From 1890 to 1900 an organizer for the National American Woman Suffrage Association, she became its president in 1900. She led the campaign to win suffrage through an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. After the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment (1920), she organized the League of Women Voters for the political education of women. At the Berlin convocation of the International Council of Women she helped organize the International Woman Suffrage Alliance, of which she was president from 1904 to 1923. After 1923 she devoted her efforts chiefly to the peace movement. With Nettie R. Shuler she wrote Woman Suffrage and Politics (1923).

See study by R. B. Fowler (1986).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Woman Suffrage and Politics: The Inner Story of the Suffrage Movement
Carrie Chapman Catt; Nettie Rogers Shuler.
Charles Scribner's Sons, 1923
Women Public Speakers in the United States, 1800-1925: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook
Karlyn Kohrs Campbell.
Greenwood Press, 1993
Librarian’s tip: "Carrie Lane Chapman Catt (1859-1947), Leadership for Woman Suffrage and Peace" begins on p. 321
Cross Currents in the International Women's Movement, 1848-1948
Patricia Ward D'Itri.
Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 10 "Carrie Chapman Catt and the International Woman Suffrage Alliance" and Chap. 11 "Catt's World Tour"
Man Cannot Speak for Her
Karlyn Kohrs Campbell.
Praeger Publishers, vol.1, 1989
Librarian’s tip: "The Leader" begins on p. 164
Man Cannot Speak for Her
Karlyn Kohrs Campbell.
Praeger Publishers, vol.2, 1989
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 23 "Carrie Chapman Catt, Presidential Address, 1902," Chap. 24 "Carrie Chapman Catt, "The Crisis," Alantic City, NJ, 1916," and Chap. 25 "Carrie Chapman Catt, "Address to the United Sates Congress," 1917"
Victory, How Women Won It: A Centennial Symposium, 1840-1940
National American Woman Suffrage Association.
H. W. Wilson, 1940
Librarian’s tip: Chap. X "The Winning Plan"
Connecting Links: The British and American Woman Suffrage Movements, 1900-1914
Patricia Greenwood Harrison.
Greenwood Press, 2000
For the Public Record: A Documentary History of the League of Women Voters
Barbara Stuhler; Robert H. Walker.
Greenwood Press, 2000
Kenneth Burke at the Nexus of Argument and Trope
Birdsell, David S.
Argumentation and Advocacy, Vol. 29, No. 4, Spring 1993
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