"Not ratified but hereby rejected"
Summerlin, Elizabeth Stephens
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The women’s suffrage movement in Georgia consisted of a small but spirited group of women who unsuccessfully fought for enfranchisement from 1895 to 1920. Though this movement failed nominally, the strategies white southern women pursued represent an important case study of conservative progressivism in the New South. Suffragists publicly pushed for change while maintaining that their enfranchisement would actually shore up existing power structures, especially white supremacy; however, their very existence in politics and public space symbolized the disorder that many southerners had used to characterize the changes wrought by industrialization and modernization in Georgia. While comprehensive studies on this subject have been limited, this thesis also benefits from seminal regional and transnational studies that have inspired more theoretical perspectives on this topic and illuminated the complex forces that impacted Georgia’s suffragists in their battle for the ballot.