Summer Series 2020: Carrie Lee Carter Stokes – Janet Olson (Show-Me Suffragists, Part 3)

Season Description

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.

Episode Description

This episode focuses on the life of Carrie Lee Carter Stokes, and explains how the Dexter (MO) schoolteacher rose to become a prominent leader in the Woman's Christian Temperance Union and the Missouri Equal Suffrage Association.

About the Guest

Janet Olson holds an MA in History from Loyola University in Chicago. She served as the Assistant University Archivist at Northwestern University from 1998-2020. Since 2007, she has served as the part-time Archivist for the Frances Willard House Museum and WCTU Archives.