Courts in the Classroom
Supreme Court of Indiana
Division of State Court Administration
30 S. Meridian Street, Ste 500
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Dr. Elizabeth R. Osborn
Court History and
Public Education Programs
History Project Award
from the National Council
on Public History
The Indiana Supreme Court held a free CLE event, "Indianapolis Women Working for the Right to Vote: the Forgotten Drama of 1917," on Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 3:00 - 4:15 pm in the Supreme Court.
This is a free CLE event sponsored by the Indiana Supreme Court Legal History Lecture Series and Indiana Humanities as a part of their Legal History Grant program. The program is also supported by the Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal Education. It has been assigned course number 156498 for 1.3 hours. Registration will be completed at the door.
Following the passage of Maston-McKinley Suffrage Bill, in the fall of 1917, between 30,000 and 40,000 Indianapolis women registered to vote. The bill, passed earlier that year, granted women the right to vote in municipal elections, school elections, liquor matters, and constitutional convention elections. While the bill did not grant women the right to vote in presidential and state elections, this “limited suffrage” gave them a significantly amplified voice in the public realm.
William Knight, an Indianapolis lumber company owner, quickly filed a lawsuit claiming the legislature did not have the right to extend their voter base through these means. Both the Marion Superior Court and the Indiana Supreme Court ruled in favor of Knight and women lost their right to vote.
Jennifer Kalvaitis, a graduate student in IUPUI’s history program, will be the featured speaker.