Jessie Daniel Ames. In The Early Twentieth Century, Woman
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Jessie Daniel Ames In the early twentieth century, woman did not share the right to vote or share any of the privileges of white mn but worse was the status of the African American who were living in the negative climate of the south at the time. Jessie Daniel Ames was an early civil rights activist and Texas Woman suffragist who through determination and perseverance fought to acquire voting rights for women and to change the lynching laws for blacks in the south. She brought awareness and change to the minds of individuals living in a white male dominant world. Jesse Harriet Daniel was born in rural east Texas in 1883, the third out of four children, and grew up during the Indian wars in an era of widespread vigilantism (p.42). Her…show more content…
In 1914 after her husband died, she and her children return to Georgetown where she went to work at the Georgetown Telephone Company, owned by her mother, also a widow. Both emerged as competent, tough-minded competitors in a male-dominated business.
Without a husband, a boss, and not dependent on public opinion Ames confidence grew and she emerged as a voice for women. By the 1916’s, the Texas Equal Suffrage Association, called to arms local woman to step up and take leadership role to for the rights of woman and Ames was the first in Georgetown to answer to call. Jesse hosted the first Georgetown Suffrage meeting her house and was unanimously elected as President for the local ESA organization. From there, she broadened her efforts and begin to publish weekly newspapers columns and speak a gatherings around the state. She quickly became the third most influential woman in the state movement for woman’s right to vote.
As a leader in the women’s suffrage movement Ames had many successful accomplishments. When lawmakers passed a bill that limited women time to register to vote Ames and her fellow suffragettes organized and help women to get to locations to register. Ames and her co-workers registered 3,800 women in 17 days and provided voting instructions and mock elections to prepare the women to responsibly use their new franchise. She coordinated intensive voter education to give women the skills they needed to vote. In addition, when