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IWA. Elvira Gaston Platt papers.

Women’s involvement in mid-nineteenth century social movements including abolition, black suffrage, child welfare, prison reform and care of Civil War soldiers paved the way for later suffrage work. Correspondence from the 1860s reveals that Iowa women (and men) were discussing major issues of social change.

Although she was not an active suffragist, Boone County resident Ellen Mowrer (1848-1922) described an encounter with a male acquaintance in an 1869 diary entry...

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IWA. Ellen Mowrer Miller papers.

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IWA. Ellen Mowrer Miller papers.

“He is very hard against woman voting. Because, because was the only argument he could put forth. was a little tickled at him in the evening, when it was raining he said, Well Miss Mowrer..now how would you like to be out in the rain at a woman’s rights convention. & I said the rain is pure. it comes down from heaven you know refreshes & revives all things.”