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For Mabel Lee, a pioneer for suffrage, some recognition at last

Not all US women were given the right to vote in 1920, despite leading courageous efforts to widen the franchise

By Dawn Starin  


Throughout the US organisers are gearing up to celebrate the centennial of the 19th amendment, ratified in 1920. Touted as the law that finally gave women the right to vote, it is often forgotten, or maybe even ignored, that this law had very little effect on the wishes and requirements of those who did not fit into the categories of middle-class and upper-class white women.

In a 2018 New York Times op-ed piece, editorial writer Brent Staple warned that the importance of the passage of…

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