I’m so thrilled to be selected as one of the winners in the Jessie Butler Poetry Contest 2020. This contest is conducted by Mila Johanson, Grand Daughter of Jessie Haver Butler, as a homage to the 100th of the Women’s Suffrage movement. The winning entries will be curated into a book marking the 100th anniversary of the suffrage movement, right to vote for the women in the United States of America.
This poetry contest was created to bring awareness to the 100th anniversary coming up this August 18th and as a partial introduction to Jessie Haver Butler who was one of the major suffragettes on the front lines in 1920 alongside Alice Paul and Carrie Chapman Catt.
Jessie was on the front lines of so many historic events: putting together the Pulitzer School of Journalism, setting the first minimum wage for women, the first official woman lobbyist in D.C., arranging the celebration in D.C. the day women won the right to vote and more. And all this after escaping a childhood riddled with tragedies and dangers on a Colorado cattle ranch. She worked tirelessly for the rights of women until the age of 94.
So looking forward to its publication in August 2020.