“An able speaker, a brilliant woman” 1914–1915

Melba Porter Hay

in Madeline McDowell Breckinridge and the Battle for a New South

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125329
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135236 | DOI:
“An able speaker, a brilliant woman” 1914–1915

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This chapter provides an account of the efforts of Madeline in taking the cause of woman suffrage to the state and national levels. Madeline led KERA in a massive campaign to get the legislature to pass and submit to voters a suffrage amendment that had been drafted by her cousin, Louisville attorney Robert A. McDowell. She raised money from Kentuckians and others to finance the lobbying effort. The massive campaigning and lobbying led to the passage of a resolution asking both Madeline and Laura Clay to address a joint session of the legislature, where the two women spoke to a “standing room only” crowd in the House Chamber. This marked the first time a woman had addressed a joint session.

Keywords: woman suffrage; KERA; massive campaign; suffrage amendment; Laura Clay; legislature; House Chamber

Chapter.  8626 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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