Women’s Equality Day was established to help us honor and celebrate the 19th Amendment which established voting rights for women.

Did you know an Iowa woman was a key leader of that movement? 

The Amendment was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York. A big part of this movement was Carrie Chapman Catt, an 1880 graduate of IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY, who devoted 33 years to the campaign for women’s suffrage. She served twice as president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, including the final successful push to gain approval of the 19 th Amendment by the U.S. Congress and president in 1919 and send it to the 48 states for ratification.