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Nurses Fight for the Right to Vote

Pollitt, Phoebe, PhD, RN

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: November 2018 - Volume 118 - Issue 11 - p 46–54
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000547639.70037.cd
Looking Back

The Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees women the right to vote. Its ratification in 1920 represented the culmination of a decades-long fight in which thousands of women and men marched, picketed, lobbied, and gave speeches in support of women's suffrage. This article provides a closer look at the lives of four nurse suffragists—Lavinia Lloyd Dock, Mary Bartlett Dixon, Sarah Tarleton Colvin, and Hattie Frances Kruger—who were arrested for their involvement in the women's suffrage movement.

The author shares the stories of four nurse suffragists—Lavinia Lloyd Dock, Mary Bartlett Dixon, Sarah Tarleton Colvin, and Hattie Frances Kruger—who were arrested for their involvement in the women's suffrage movement.

Phoebe Pollitt is an associate professor in the Department of Nursing at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. The author wishes to acknowledge the assistance of Mary Neal Meador, a professional consultant at the Appalachian State University Writing Center, for her review of this manuscript. Contact author: pollittpa@appstate.edu. The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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