“The women of Athens in their various splendid organizations." (1914)

“The women of Athens in their various splendid organizations.” (1914)

This article describes the many clubs and missions of white Athenian (no Black women’s organizations are listed) women, including the Women’s Club, the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, the Ladies’ Hebrew Benevolent Association, and the Daughters of the Confederacy. Note that there was an “Athens Equal Suffrage League” promoted by the artist Lucy Stant on. Not all white Athenian women held anti-suffrage views. “So far not a single window has been smashed in Athens for the cause of Votes for Women!” (FYI: On July 24, 1919 Georgia was the first state to reject the 19 th amendment. While women across the county were able to vote in the 1920 presidential election, Georgia women were not able to cast their ballots. The state of Georgia cited a rule that required voters to register 6 months before an election. Most other states waived this rule, allowing women to vote in the 1920 election, but women in Georgia had to wait until 1922 to take part in a national election. Georgia belatedly ratified the 19th Amendment on February 20, 1970.)

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