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Suffragists in North Carolina

Charlotte Hawkins Brown, Sedalia: In addition to building her school, she was active in the women’s club and suffragist movements. She later became president of the North Carolina Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, and she helped organize voter registration drives for black women and tried to get white club women to support suffrage for black women.

Anna Julia Cooper, RaleighFamous African American suffrage advocate.

Mary (Thompson) Cowper, Durham County: Received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago in 1916. She employed this extensive knowledge of the social sciences to further Progressive reforms, focusing primarily on advancing the social, economic, and political status of women and working-class children by encouraging women’s suffrage.

Gertrude Weil, Goldsboro: Helped found the Goldsboro Equal Suffrage Association in 1914 and served as the first president. By 1917, she was an officer in the North Carolina Equal Suffrage League.