Book chronicles Michigander's role in woman's suffrage

Mar 3, 2014

Anna Howard Shaw graduated from Albion College in 1875.
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March is Women’s History Month, and Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with the author of a new book about one Michigan woman's role in America’s suffrage movement. 

Anna Howard Shaw was born in England in 1847. Her family moved to America and she grew up in Michigan. After an isolated farm upbringing, Shaw enrolled at Albion College, which became a springboard to a life as a minister and medical school studies in Boston, and ultimately to work in the reform movements of that era.

Shaw served as vice president of the National American Women’s Suffrage Association in the 1890s and was the Association’s president from 1904 to 1915.

Albion College professor Trisha Franzen has written a biography of this remarkable woman called “Anna Howard Shaw: The Work of Woman Suffrage”. Franzen puts Shaw’s career in perspective.