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In 1922, the United states suffrage frontrunner Carrie Chapman Catt traveled to Italy to aid get ready for the Congress that is upcoming of Global girl Suffrage Alliance in Rome. Home, Catt had been a towering figure regarding the women’s legal rights motion; she had succeeded Susan B. Anthony as president for the nationwide American lady Suffrage Association, and played a role that is pivotal securing the use of this 19th Amendment, which granted American women the proper to vote. Catt ended up being a competent and effective organizer—and she had not been completely impressed aided by the means things had been shape that is taking Rome.
“A more unpromising location for a Congress we never ever saw,” she recorded in her own diaries, explaining the place where in fact the occasion ended up being due to occur. “The Italian females could maybe perhaps maybe not understand our disapproval.”
If Italy’s suffrage campaigners didn’t measure to Catt’s objectives, at the least the country’s scenic splendors didn’t disappoint. The Bay of Naples filled her with “such an excitement of enjoyment.” The mountains and vineyards that surrounded the Mediterranean that is blue were, amazing.” In Pompeii, Catt noted with interest, there have been “houses of prostitution with a phallus as their indication.”