Ruth Page Jones

Ruth Page Jones
Topics: American Old West, History, South Dakota, Women
Program Types: Speakers Bureau, Women's Suffrage Commemoration Topics
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A Century Celebration: Woman Suffrage in South Dakota 1868-1918
Celebrating the century birthday of Woman Suffrage in South Dakota in 1918, and throughout the United States in 1920, this presentation reviews the key moments, key individuals, and key issues that helped women achieve their equal voting rights in the United States, and more specifically, in South Dakota one hundred years ago.

Pioneer Nurse Jean Todd: A Woman Professional on the Dakota Frontier
Jean Todd, a professionally trained nurse, emigrated from Scotland to Dakota Territory in 1887. She practiced medicine in Aurora County until she retired at the age of seventy-two. Todd entered the nursing profession as a working-class woman in an era when training in medicine was rare for all women, regardless of class. She established herself as one of the first professional nurses on the Dakota frontier. Within the context of the nursing profession, medical care and pioneer life at the end of the nineteenth century, this presentation describes how Todd obtained her early training, practiced her profession for thirty years, and built a contented life on the Dakota prairie.

"The Women Voted": The Role of School Suffrage in the Woman Suffrage Movement
Long before the United States Constitution guaranteed women full voting rights, most states granted women limited access to the ballot box to vote on school and city matters. Decades before achieving full suffrage, women responded to their partial rights by casting ballots and running for political office - even running campaigns for statewide office. Jones' talk on school suffrage in South Dakota highlights the value of partial suffrage as an aspect of female empowerment and a step towards full voting rights.