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The Woman’s Century Club was founded in July, 1891 by 10 prominent Seattle women to address the important issues of what those founders believed would be “the century of the woman.” The club’s founding president was suffragette Carrie Chapman Catt, a woman who got things done. The founder not only of the Woman’s Century Club, but of the League of Women Voters, Catt was also president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association in 1920, the year the 19th amendment was ratified. Though her name, like that of her arch-rival Alice Paul, is overshadowed in casual memory of early/proto-feminism by the likes of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, Catt was a shrewd activist. Her courting of the Wilson administration’s approval—through tactics like encouraging women to volunteer for the Red Cross when WWI broke out—proved crucial to the suffrage movement’s eventual success. (Alice Paul’s strategy was more radical—burning “Kaiser” Wilson in effigy on the White House lawn, organizing workhouse hunger strikes, and so on.) Catt literally wrote the book on suffrage—Woman Suffrage and Politics: The Inner Story of the Suffrage Movement—in 1923 (with co-author Nettie Rogers Shuler), the same year the the Woman’s Century Club bought the parcel of Capitol Hill land on which its clubhouse would eventually be built…

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