Making Change: They Won the Vote - Suffrage and Suffragists in New Mexico
The campaign for woman’s suffrage in New Mexico is rich and deep. But, as with other aspects of women’s lives, most of their stories—political, economic, social—are not found in history books. This talk travels from suffrage nationally to suffrage and suffragists in New Mexico. Some of the protagonists in this story, such as Adelina Otero Warren and Octaviano A. Larrazolo, are well known historical figures. Others, including Ada McPherson Morley, Isabella Selmes Ferguson, Cora Armstrong Kellam, and Evelyn Fisher Frisbie are less so. We’ll look at some of the women and men whose contributions to that 72-year-long struggle are still being unearthed in family lore, memoirs, songs, newspapers, and a few precious, oft-quoted scholarly works.
Our speaker, Sylvia Ramos Cruz, is a retired general surgeon, poet, writer and women's rights activist. Her ongoing creative work focuses on women's history in New Mexico. The centennial of the 19th amendment to the US Constitution, Woman's Suffrage, inspired her to research and write about the suffrage movement here and the people who took part in it.