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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Grace Wilbur Trout

The fight for the right of all women took place all over the United States. One woman from the great state of Illinois was Grace Belden Wilbur Trout. Born March 18, 1864 Grace was the president of the Chicago Political Equality League and was instrumental in getting the Illinois legislature to pass a law allowing women to vote in both local and national elections.

Grace Trout was the president of the Chicago Political Equality League. The league formed in 1894 and published pamphlets and petitions to lobby the legislature for the right for women to vote Trout joined others on speaking tours of Illinois arguing for suffrage.

On June 11th the right for women to vote for many on the ballet. Offices of state rep, congressional rep or governor were still off limits.

Later in life Trout would move to Jacksonville Florida where she continued to lead. She was the president of th Planning and Advisory Board as well as president of the Jacksonville Gardens club.

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