She’s A Winner!

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By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS Board Member & Volunteer)

A little more than a year after the 19th Amendment was passed and women won the right to vote, Lawrence County was faced with a first.

Nearly a dozen women became candidates in the 1921 election. The primary saw the largest enrollment of voters in the history of the county. A large percentage of the enrollment was made up of women. It caused quite a stir in political circles where it “had been presumed that the so-called ‘feminine vote’ would be more or less of a negligible quantity.”

The election resulted in many women winning seats as new directors on city and township school boards.

1921 winners on city and township school boards

1921 winners including rose nothdruft
Mrs. Rose Nothdruft, the first women to be elected to the Board of Education in New Castle

Wins included:

  • Mrs. Rose Nothdruft for a six-year seat in New Castle
  • Clara Anderson for a six-year seat in Enon Valley
  • Mrs. J. A. McClure of New Wilmington (unspecified term)
  • Hettie Johnson of Volant (unspecified term)
  • Mrs. Benjamin Jenkins for six-year term in Little Beaver
  • Jane Gilmore six-year term in Little Beaver

Photo: 1921 Winners of New Castle City Offices; includes Mrs. Rose Nothdruft, the first women to be elected to the Board of Education in New Castle.

Addendum from Andrew Henley
Jane Gilmore was my second great-aunt! She eventually moved to Alameda, California where she died in 1962 at the age of 86.

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