Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate was in Floyd County last week. In this election year no less, he visited the Carrie Lane Chapman Catt Museum – the childhood home of a key figure in the women’s suffrage movement. And Pate made his first-ever appearance at this landmark for one major reason: to award the Nashua-Plainfield School District with the ‘Chapman Catt Award’.
This award was created by Pate to encourage teenagers to vote for the upcoming election. Each school district was challenged with getting 90% of their students who were eligible to vote in 2020 to register. If they could accomplish this – they would receive a Pate visit and award.
NP High School was one of only 18 in the state who were able to surpass the 90% threshold – so Pate met some of the school officials at the Chapman Catt Museum and presented them with a trophy.
Pate says: “Carrie Chapman Catt was a national leader in the women’s suffrage movement. More than anyone else, she deserves the credit for passage of the 19th Amendment, granting women access to the ballot box 100 years ago. It was a 33-year struggle, but she proved that if you have a dream, believe in yourself and work hard, you can accomplish anything. I’m thrilled to do this award presentation at Carrie Chapman Catt’s childhood home.”
Charles City High School which is located even closer to the museum missed the 90% threshold – only being able to register 84% of its eligible students.