Author Archives: Ruth Page Jones

About Ruth Page Jones

I am an independent Historian, writing and speaking on topics about community, the Midwest, and Woman Suffrage. I created this account as a Graduate Student UW Milwaukee. I graduated in December of 2015.

Celebrate the Century: Woman Suffrage in South Dakota

This past week I presented the South Dakota story of Woman Suffrage at three venues, all of them virtually. Hosting my talk, via the South Dakota Humanities Council Speaker’s Bureau, were: Siouxland Libraries of Sioux Falls (707 views), Dakota Wesleyan … Continue reading

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National Woman Suffrage Month – August 2020

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This August, 2020, America celebrated the century anniversary of Woman Suffrage. With the ratification of the 19th amendment in 1920, women won the franchise and could no longer be denied access to the ballot box “on account of sex.” I … Continue reading

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South Dakota PBS Interviews Suffrage Historians

This week, South Dakota PBS TV just aired a video called “Simple Justice: Suffrage in South Dakota.” This was produced as part of South Dakota’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment. I was interviewed for this video. … Continue reading

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My Interview on the McGovern Report Podcast

Check out my recent interview on Woman Suffrage in South Dakota with Joel Allen from the McGovern Report at the McGovern Center for Leadership and Public Service at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell South Dakota. I will be speaking at … Continue reading

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Celebrate Woman Suffrage This August

On August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment, and on August 26, that amendment officially became part of the United States Constitution. Let’s Celebrate Women’s Right To Vote this August – one hundred years … Continue reading

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“The Women Voted” – long before 1920

Long before the Nineteenth amendment passed in 1920, women in many states could vote and run for elective office in certain types of elections. In some states they could vote in school elections or in city elections. For more information … Continue reading

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My thesis about Rural Women Creating Community now available for download

A Case Study: The Role of Women in Creating Community on the Rural Frontier: 1880-1920 During the Dakota Boom years of 1878 to 1887, Dakota Territory welcomed droves of new families, adding close to 400,000 people in the 1880s. Creating … Continue reading

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South Dakota Suffragist — Mary (Mamie) Shields Pyle, 1866-1949

Exercising excellent organizational, political, and people management skills, suffrage leader Mamie Shields Pyle led the successful effort to deliver full suffrage to South Dakota’s female citizens. As president of the South Dakota Universal Franchise League (SDUFL) from 1911 to 1918, … Continue reading

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Equality at the Ballot Box Authors

I was privileged to meet several authors of the book “Equality at the Ballot Box” when we each presented a talk on the chapter we wrote for the book. We met first in October in Las Vegas and then in … Continue reading

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Speaking in South Dakota

I was on the road last week presenting my talk on Woman Suffrage to two audiences in South Dakota. On Tuesday, I spoke in Yankton at the recently renovated Mead Building, home of the Mead Cultural Education Center. I was … Continue reading

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