: Portrait of Belle Coit Kelton of Columbus, Ohio. Kelton (1855-1956) was included on the "Ohio State Honor Roll" from the League of Women Voters of Ohio, ca. 1930, which listed prominent Ohio women involved in the suffrage movement. Her brief biography from the Honor Roll reads: "Belle Coit Kelton was an early pioneer in suffrage movements and president of the Franklin County Suffrage Association. She was one of the organizers of the Franklin County League of Women Voters, its president for two years and is now its honorary president."
This photograph comes from the League of Women Voters of Ohio Collection. The League of Women Voters was first formed at the national level in early 1920 by Carrie Chapman Catt, President of the National Woman Suffrage Association. Soon, additional leagues began to form at the state and local level, with the League of Women Voters of Ohio being organized in May 1920 in Columbus. The League was first formed to empower women to use their newfound right to vote, and today its primary purpose remains citizen education. To this goal, it supports voter registration efforts, provides information on candidates and issues, sponsors debates and offers publications on public policy and voter engagement topics. View on Ohio Memory.
: MSS354_B10_LWVO_BelleCoitKelton Subjects
: Women--Suffrage; Social movements; League of Women Voters of Ohio; Suffragists; Activism; Franklin County Woman Suffrage Association; Places
: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)