Mrs. Jessie Davisson portrait   Save
League of Women Voters of Ohio
Description: Portrait of Mrs. Jessie Davisson of Dayton, Ohio. Davisson 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: "Mrs. O. F. Davisson was for eight years president of the Montgomery County Suffrage Association, a member of the board of directors of both the national Suffrage Association and the Ohio Suffrage Association. Whenever the part played by Montgomery County in the campaign for woman's suffrage is mentioned, the name of Mrs. Davisson as the leader is always to be heard. After the ratification of the suffrage amendment, Mrs. Davisson took the first steps toward the organization of the League of Women Voters in Dayton and has been a member of its Board of Directors ever since." 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.
Image ID: MSS354_B10_LWVO_Davisson
Subjects: Women--Suffrage; Social movements; League of Women Voters of Ohio; Suffragists; Activism
Places: Dayton (Ohio); Montgomery County (Ohio)