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Carrie Chapman Catt

Artist
Mary Eliot Foote, 25 Nov 1872 - 28 Jan 1968
Sitter
Carrie Clinton Lane Chapman Catt, 9 Jan 1859 - 9 Mar 1947
Date
1927
Type
Painting
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
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")
Credit Line
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
Object number
NPG.71.31
Exhibition Label
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 all American women the right to vote.
Provenance
National American Woman Suffrage Association; gift 1939 to Smithsonian; transferred 1971 to NPG.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Exhibition
The Struggle for Justice
On View
NPG, West Gallery 220