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Pure Perseverance: 100 Years of Women's Suffrage on the High Plains


“Equal suffrage, we beg for thee/ May we hide our wrongs in thee./May the ballot men have stole/ From their soiled hands be removed;/ If polluted, here’s the cure;/ Equal suffrage’ll make it pure./ ‘Vote for women’ is our cry;/ We will scream it till we die./ When we pass this earthly pale,/We may go to heaven or- well,/ Matters not our lot may be-/ Equal suffrage makes us free.”  

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women's constitutional right to vote. Therefore, I asked WTAMU's Dr. Marty Kuhlman to join me on air for a look back at women fighting for the vote across the High Plains. He specializes in the Old South, Civil War, Reconstruction, civil rights movements and the United States since 1945, and he recently penned a fascinating article about the women's suffrage movement in the Texas Panhandle for the university’s Panhandle-Plains Historical Review. I wanted him to share his insight with HPPR listeners, so that we can all mark this milestone with some of the history from our region. To hear the full interview, click the link below. Also, be sure to check out his article for the full story.