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Sophie, our oldest grandchild, is on her first college tour at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Her dad, Jon, just texted this photo of Sophie and her mother Katrin in front of a women’s suffrage display in the State Capitol. I love learning about pre-centennial celebrations of the 19th Amendment in 2020—from this display to youngsters planting daffodils in Portland to the new suffrage statue in Little Rock, featuring ECS with her daughter Harriot, SBA, Sojourner Truth, Ida B. Wells, & Alice Paul. I wrote about Wisconsin suffragists in my new book “The Vote: Women’s Fierce Fight,” including Olympia Brown, a pioneer suffragist who finally voted in 1920 at the age of 91. Brown, the first woman to be ordained by a

regularly established denomination, spent 10 years as the pastor of a Unitarian Universalist Church in Racine before resigning in 1887 to fully fight for the vote. Today the church is named for her. (Click of image to enlarge it.)

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