at the Jefferson Historical Museum!
Jefferson Historical Society & Museum
Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020
Leah Cooper presents "Reflections on Suffrage"
|Leah Cooper doesn’t pretend to be an historian. She has a degree in Chemistry and a career assisting area industries with environmental compliance. But she has always enjoyed learning about historical events and people. When a neighbor asked her to give a program for the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) on the 100th Anniversary of the passage of the bill that sent the Amendment for Women’s Voting Rights to the states for ratification, her first question was, “How long do I have to prepare?” Relieved that the program was more than six months away, she said yes.|
During that six month period, she grew to appreciate the struggles and commitment required of so many so that she could vote without question. Once she discovered a book documenting the woman suffrage movement in Texas, she was able to bring her presentation into focus. It is filled with photographs of some of the many women who fought over the decades to win the right for women of the United States of American to vote. This will be the fourth time she has given this program, but the first for a group of men and women. Her hope is that, after learning more about the woman suffrage movement, we all will truly appreciate what a privilege it is to be able to vote, and will exercise our right to vote each and every time we have the opportunity.
Leah and her husband Robert have lived in Jefferson for twenty-five years. They have two daughters and two grandchildren. Between visits to family, they enjoy gardening, books, and hiking.