Many Stories Series: Votes for Women: The Southern Story

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Learn about the story of the women’s suffrage movement in Mississippi with special guest Marjorie J. Spruill, Distinguished Professor Emerita of the University of South Carolina, as we honor Women’s History Month in this edition of the #ManyStories Series. Spruill will discuss the legacies of Reconstruction, reforms of the Progressive Era, and the white supremacist attitudes of Mississippi’s early suffragettes such as Nellie Nugent Somerville and Carrie Belle Kearney. The program will be streamed live from the Museum of Mississippi History’s Facebook page. Viewers are encouraged to participate in the Q&A through the Facebook chat.
Nellie Nugent Somerville and Carrie Belle Kearney advocated for women’s rights under the appeal of white supremacy and spear headed the Temperance movement and Prohibition in Mississippi. After the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment for women’s suffrage, both Somerville and Kearney became the first elected female legislators in Mississippi history in 1923.