Profile in Courage: Anne Martin

27 Aug

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Anne Henrietta Martin was born in 1875 to large family in Nevada. She was educated at an all-girls school and went on to study at the University of Nevada. She received another bachelor’s degree and her Masters from Stanford University. Into the early 1900’s she continued her education in many places, traveling the world.

After her father’s death in 1901, she traveled to London and took part in the British suffragist movement, even being arrested for participating in a demonstration. Ten years later she returned to Nevada and became the press secretary and eventually the president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association who lobbied for and won ratification of women’s suffrage in 1914.

Later, Anne Martin went on to stay active in the suffragist movements and served on the executive committees of the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage and National American Woman Suffrage Association. In 1916, she was chosen as the first president of the Woman’s Party of Western Voters. During the elections of 1916, she actively spoke to boycott the Democratic Party unless they agreed to support the women’s suffrage amendment. She ran independently for the US Senate in 1918 and 1920.

After the passage of the women’s suffrage amendment, Anne Martin became an activist for the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. She died in 1951. She stated that she became a feminist after the dismissal of her business acumen in favor of her brother’s after their father’s death. 

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