One hundred years ago this summer, Missourians awaited news regarding the ratification of the 19th Amendment. The state had approved the amendment, which prohibited the federal government and states from denying a citizen the right to vote based upon sex, a year prior, in 1919. However, it would take another year before Tennessee became the 36th and final state needed to ratify the new constitutional amendment in August 1920. As we consider the centennial of woman suffrage, the Our Missouri Podcast invites listeners to join us as we explore the fight for the right to vote through the eyes of a group of "Show-Me Suffragists" who are not as well-known in Missouri History.
This episode focuses on Alma Nash and how Maryville's Missouri Ladies Military Band became key participants in the 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession.
Elyssa Ford holds a Ph.D. in History from Arizona State University. Presently, she serves as Associate Professor of History, Honors Program Director, and Public History & Museum Studies Director at Northwest Missouri State University. Her book, "Rodeo as Refuge, Rodeo as Rebellion: Gender, Race, and Identity in the American Rodeo," will be published by the University Press of Kansas in 2020.