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"The Lady from Seward" - Minnie J. Grinstead, the first woman elected to the Kansas House of Representatives

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dc.contributor.author Enicks-Kniss, Lori
dc.date.accessioned 2014-07-10T13:12:22Z
dc.date.available 2014-07-10T13:12:22Z
dc.date.created May, 2014 en_US
dc.date.issued 2014-07-10
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/3299
dc.description.abstract Kansas native, Minnie J. Grinstead, made significant contributions to the history of Kansas. Born at a time where women had few political rights and little social freedom, she grew to become an influential speaker for prohibition and equal rights for women. She succeeded, further, by becoming the first woman legislator in the State of Kansas. Opening doors for all future female representatives, Grinstead has a unique story to tell. To facilitate a discussion of Grinstead, this thesis begins with a brief overview of the women’s suffrage movement and the culture of Kansas at the time Grinstead was entering into the political realm. It includes, briefly, her childhood and early life, with the main focus on her years in office as a state representative between 1918-1924. The first chapter examines Grinstead’s early life, her first political race, and her actions as the only woman legislator during her first term in office. The next two chapters explore her legislative actions during her last two terms as a Kansas State Representative. Included is a chapter introducing three other Kansas women legislators who were elected during Grinstead’s second term in office and a short comparison with Montana native, Jeanette Rankin, the first female ever elected to the United States House of Representatives. The thesis concludes with a literature review of the many primary and secondary resources consulted and utilized for creating Grinstead’s biography, and an extensive bibliography. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Baptist minister en_US
dc.subject Kansas House of Representatives en_US
dc.subject Minnie J. Grinstead en_US
dc.subject Women's suffrage in Kansas en_US
dc.title "The Lady from Seward" - Minnie J. Grinstead, the first woman elected to the Kansas House of Representatives en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.college las en_US
dc.advisor Karen Manners Smith en_US
dc.department social sciences en_US

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