Ripon has a special role in the suffragist effort that needs to be remembered as the state celebrates the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women national suffrage. ...

     Ripon’s history includes the birth of Carrie Chapman Catt on Jan. 9, 1859, who was an associate of Susan B. Anthony and Lucy Stone, all self-proclaimed Republicans.

     Catt was Susan B. Anthony’s successor to the National American Woman Suffrage Association. ...

     She later became the founder and first president of the League of Women Voters.

     So as Wisconsin prepares to celebrate the ratification of the 19th Amendment Ripon residents need to know their history that helped enfranchise 5 million new voters — women — and forever changed the political landscape in America.

— Tom Mortenson
Turning Point Suffragist Memorial national board member
Detroit Lakes, Minn.

     To read the entire letter, see the June 6, 2019 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.