Hard One, Not Done


A commemoration of the 100-Year Anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment from an Iowa Perspective

60 Years of Struggle; The Women's Suffrage Movement in Iowa

Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 6:30pm
Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 8:30pm

This program will tell the stories of Iowans active in the women’s suffrage movement from the early years following the civil war through the final years before the federal amendment was ratified.  Important activists include Martha Callanan, Annie Savery, Carrie Lane Catt, Amelia Bloomer, Mary Coggeshall, Alice Baily, Rebecca Norse, and many other men and women. The story also includes the work of organizations, the Iowa Woman Suffrage Association, Iowa Political Equity Association, Iowa Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs, the State Fair Suffrage Cottage, the Boone suffrage parade, activities during World War I, and the beginning of the Iowa League of Women Voters.

Lorna Truck is a former deputy director of the Des Moines Public Library. Since her retirement she has spent her time on various volunteer projects including organizing and digitizing the Des Moines Women’s Club archives. Her research on the women and men who worked to extend voting rights to Iowa
women includes sources from the Des Moines Women’s Club archives, the University of Iowa Women’s Archives, and the State Historical Archives of Iowa.

Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
5000 Franklin Avenue
Des Moines
Intended Audience: 
Adult and teen
Contact Name: 
Sarah D. Early
Contact Email: 
Des Moines Public Library