On this day in Alabama history: Pattie Ruffner Jacobs was born

On this day in Alabama history: Pattie Ruffner Jacobs was born
Pattie Ruffner Jacobs, back row, far right, meets with fellow suffragettes. Several Alabama women were eager participants in the suffrage movement, although Alabama did not ratify the 19th Amendment until 1953, long after its 1920 passage. ((From Encyclopedia of Alabama, courtesy of Birmingham Public Library Archives)

October 2, 1875

Women’s suffragist Pattie Ruffner Jacobs was born. A longtime resident of Birmingham, Jacobs founded the Birmingham Equal Suffrage Association in 1911 and the Alabama Equal Suffrage Association (AESA) in 1912. As the AESA’s first president, she became the youngest president of any state suffrage association in the nation. Jacobs later served on the board of the National American Woman Suffrage Association and, following the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920, founded the state’s League of Women Voters and served on the board of the national League of Women Voters. She was inducted into the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame in 1978.

Read more at Encyclopedia of Alabama.

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