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Carrie Chapman Catt

Carrie Chapman Catt
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Mary Eliot Foote, 25 Nov 1872 - 28 Jan 1968
Carrie Clinton Lane Chapman Catt, 9 Jan 1859 - 9 Mar 1947
Oil on canvas
Stretcher: 120.7 x 89.5 x 2.5cm (47 1/2 x 35 1/4 x 1")
Frame: 132.1 x 99.7 x 7cm (52 x 39 1/4 x 2 3/4")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; transfer from the National Museum of American History; gift of the National American Woman Suffrage Association through Mrs. Carrie Chapman Catt, 1939
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© Estate of Mary Foote, courtesy of John Pence Gallery
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Born Ripon, Wisconsin
Carrie Chapman Catt’s organizational talents are credited with making the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) an effective force in winning the struggle for women’s right to vote. In NAWSA, she worked with such leaders as Susan B. Anthony to win the franchise state by state and also for a constitutional amendment. Initially condemning America’s flood of immigrants, whom she believed were influenced by their paternalistic Old World cultures to vote against women’s suffrage, Catt eventually discarded such xenophobic simplifications, founded the International Woman Suffrage Alliance, and became a crusader for internationalism and world peace. In 1900, she replaced Anthony as president of NAWSA and was again elected president in 1915, leading the organization during the successful passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920, which guaranteed women the right to vote.
Nacida en Ripon, Wisconsin
Fue gracias al talento organizador de Carrie Chapman Catt que la Asociación Nacional Estadounidense por el Sufragio Femenino (NAWSA en inglés) logró ser una fuerza eficaz en la lucha por el derecho de las mujeres al voto. En NAWSA Catt trabajó con líderes como Susan B. Anthony para ganar el sufragio estado por estado y también para lograr que se añadiera una enmienda a la Constitución. Aunque inicialmente condenó el torrente de inmigrantes que llegaban a Estados Unidos, a quienes suponía inclinados a votar contra el sufragio femenino debido a las culturas paternalistas del Viejo Mundo, Catt terminó por descartar tal simplismo xenofóbico, fundó la Alianza Internacional por el Sufragio Femenino y se convirtió en defensora del internacionalismo y la paz mundial. En 1900 reemplazó a Anthony como presidenta de NAWSA y fue electa de nuevo en 1915. Estaba a la cabeza de la organización cuando se aprobó en 1920 la 19na Enmienda a la Constitución, que garantizaba a todas las mujeres el derecho al voto.
National American Woman Suffrage Association; gift 1939 to Smithsonian; transferred 1971 to NPG.
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NPG, West Gallery 220