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In 1922, the United states suffrage leader Carrie Chapman Catt traveled to Italy to assist plan the Congress that is upcoming of International 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 associated with the nationwide United states lady Suffrage Association, and played a crucial part in securing the use of this nineteenth Amendment, which granted American women the proper to vote. Catt ended up being a simple yet effective and effective organizer—and she wasn’t completely impressed using the means things were shape that is taking Rome.
“A more unpromising destination for a Congress we never ever saw,” she recorded in her own diaries, explaining the venue where in fact the occasion had been due to happen. “The Italian females could maybe perhaps not understand our disapproval.”
If Italy’s suffrage campaigners didn’t compare well to Catt’s objectives, at least the country’s scenic splendors didn’t disappoint. The Bay of Naples filled her with “such a excitement of pleasure.” 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 by having a phallus because their indication.”