MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) – Next year marks the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote in the united states.
So here in Kentucky we are honoring the women who led the way during the suffrage movement with historical markers.
White Hall here in Madison County was Mary Barr Clay’s childhood home. She may not be the most well known former resident here, but historians hope the new marker will change that.
It’s the third of five markers in Kentucky to honor leaders of the suffrage movement as we near the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment.
Mary Barr Clay was the President of the American Woman Suffrage Association in 1883, and she addressed congress in support of the movement in 1884.
“When you know the rights you have today were based on all the work our foremother’s did, it’s like wait, pass me the torch, let me make a contribution. I want to help future generations and engage young people,” said Marsha Weinstein, President of the National Collaborative for Women’s History.
Weinstein says there are more plans to honor women later on this year.