On Tuesday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. the Princeton Public Library will present a program on how improved transportation on Illinois roads helped the Women’s Suffrage movement. Kay Shelton will talk about the history behind these pivotal moments in history. She is the president of the Lincoln Highway Association and the League of Women Voters in DeKalb County and has taught in college for over 25 years.
The automobile freed women to be more mobile and the improved roads in Illinois helped. Before the development of interstates, Illinois had two major roadways that traveled to Washington D.C.: the National Road and the Lincoln Highway. For the 1913 Women’s Suffrage Parade in Washington D.C., women were able to drive and participate in the event.
Illinois was a leader in both the Good Roads movement and Women’s Suffrage. This presentation will also look at the histories of the abolition movement, President Lincoln’s role in emancipation, and the Women’s Suffrage movement.