On this day in Alabama history: Hattie Hooker Wilkins was born

On this day in Alabama history: Hattie Hooker Wilkins was born
Hattie Hooker Wilkins (1875-1949) was the first woman elected to the Alabama Legislature. She was a founding member of the Selma Suffrage Association and was heavily involved in the effort to pass the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving women the right to vote. (From Encyclopedia of Alabama, photo courtesy of Ann Wilkins Dalton)

July 28, 1875

Born on July 28, 1875, Hattie Hooker Wilkins was the first woman elected as a representative in the Alabama Legislature. The Selma native ran in the 1922 election with a firm belief that government should have a better representation of woman. While in office, Wilkins was most concerned with reforming education and improving health care in Alabama. Wilkins also founded the Selma Suffrage Association and was a member of the Alabama Equal Suffrage Association, where she spearheaded the movement proclaiming a woman’s right to vote. She served one term, and was the only woman elected to the Alabama Legislature until 1937.

Read more at Encyclopedia of Alabama.

Portrait of Hattie Wilkins (July 28, 1875-1949), American progressive-era suffragist and women’s rights activist from Alabama. (Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame, Wikipedia)

 

 

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