Carrie Chapman Catt

Learn about Carrie Chapman Catt, a suffrage leader.
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Carrie Chapman Catt
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Carrie Chapman Catt


  • American suffragist and peace advocate
  • Born Carrie Lane in Ripon, WI
  • Graduated from Iowa State College in 1880
  • Superintendent of schools in Mason City, IA, from 1883 to 1884
  • In 1885 she married Lee Chapman, a journalist (d. 1886)
  • In 1890 she married George Catt, an engineer (d. 1905)
  • Catt was an organizer for the National American Woman Suffrage Association from 1890 to 1900
  • She became president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association in 1900
  • She led the fight to win suffrage through a federal amendment to the Constitution
  • Catt organized the League of Women Voters (dedicated to the education of women in politics) after the ratification of the 19th Amendment (1920)
  • Catt was president of International Woman Suffrage Alliance from 1904 to 1923
  • Beginning in 1923, she devoted her efforts to the peace movement
  • She wrote Woman Suffrage and Politics (1923) with Nettie R. Shuler


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