Olive Colton portrait   Save
League of Women Voters of Ohio
Description: Portrait of Miss Olive Colton of Toledo, Ohio. Colton (1873-1972) 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: "Olive A. Colton, one of Toledo's outstanding citizens, is being placed on the State Roll of Honor by the Toledo League, of which she has been the inspirational genius since its organization. She was a vice-president during the first three years of its existence, was president for two years, and has since been a director. At the annual meeting of the Toledo League, Miss Colton was elected Honorary President for life. She was a member of the State Board for two years and has served the State and National League in various ways. Miss Colton has contributed articles on Peace, Adventures of a Woman Voter, and Adventures in Philanthropy to Scribner's, the Outlook, and the Survey. She has helped to bring about a Domestic Relations Court in Lucas County; to bring about a Street Trades Ordinance for Toledo; to bring an end to the discriminatory compulsory examination of women vice offenders; and is one of Toledo's most ardent workers for World Peace. Miss Colton is a trustee of the Consumer's League, and Treasurer of the Information Bureau of Woman's Work." 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_OliveColton
Subjects: Women--Suffrage; Social movements; League of Women Voters of Ohio; Suffragists; Activism
Places: Toledo (Ohio); Lucas County (Ohio);