July 29, 2020 Feature

Two Trailblazing Women Their Legacy and Lessons for Us Today: Arabella Babb Mansfield and Carrie Chapman Catt

By Judge Emily Chafa

This year we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote. Many women and men throughout the nation supported this effort with their time, talent, and treasure. Some are household names, some are less well known. This article highlights two trailblazing women with Iowa roots who courageously and strategically accomplished their goals. One of these women became the first woman lawyer in the United States. The other created and successfully executed the winning plan for the Nineteenth Amendment’s ratification. Here are their stories.1

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