ANYTHING BUT MINOR: THE SUFFRAGE, EQUALITY, AND WOMEN’S RIGHTS ACTIVISM OF VIRGINIA L. MINOR, 1867-1894
Monnig, Donna M.
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This study reassesses the women’s rights activism of St. Louis suffragist Virginia L. Minor. It challenges the traditional historical interpretation of her work that relegates her legacy to the failure of the landmark Supreme Court case Minor v. Happersett in 1875. Minor’s activism extended beyond her suffrage case and encompassed a wide range of women’s rights issues. Nineteenth century newspapers from across the nation between 1867 and 1894 reflect the popular awareness of her activism and provide new perspectives on her previously unrecognized work for women’s rights. Her work included tax revolts in protest of women’s disenfranchisement, public lectures across Missouri and the Midwest on behalf of suffrage, and protest against the unfair legal principle of femme covert. Minor’s activism consistently demonstrated a commitment not only to the woman’s suffrage movement, but also to women’s right of equality with men.