: Portrait of Gertrude Foran Handrick of Cleveland, Ohio. Handrick 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: "Gertrude Foran Handrick (Mrs. Franklin A.) was a member of the National American Woman's Suffrage Association. Through her father, Judge M. A. Foran, who was a staunch supporter of woman's suffrage, Mrs. Handrick came naturally to her devotion to the cause. Mrs. Handrick is a lawyer, a member of the American Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the Cleveland and Cuyahoga Bar Association. She was the organizer and first president of the Wage-Earners' Suffrage League, a large group of business and professional
women organized under the Cleveland Woman's Suffrage party. Subsequently she was for a number of years, chairman of the Committee on the Legal Status of Women of the Cleveland League of Women Voters."
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_GertrudeForanHandrick Subjects
: Women--Suffrage; Social movements; League of Women Voters of Ohio; Suffragists; Activism; Lawyers--Ohio; Places
: Cleveland (Ohio); Cuyahoga County (Ohio)