In August of 1920, women weren’t allowed to vote in this county – and then, one morning, they were. This national social movement was spearheaded by one of our most famous Chuck Townians – Carrie Lane Chapman Catt. Her childhood home, which graces the edge of town, is a historical site people visit from all over the country.
Cheryl Erb, the president of the National 19th Amendment Society and many other members dressed in full garb to attend last night’s Charles City city council meeting. At the meeting, Mayor Dean Andrews signed a proclamation recognizing the 19th amendment’s 100th birthday and its importance to the town.
The society will be running anniversary events all year long. For example, on the 4th of July, the society is going to recreate a suffrage parade with special hats and banners and will be asking 100 men, women, and children to participate in the event.