July 22, 1899
Women’s suffrage pioneer Clara McDiarmid died. McDiarmid, an officer in the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), had organized the Arkansas Equal Suffrage Association (AESA) in Little Rock (Pulaski County) in 1888. A native of Indiana and a lawyer in Kansas City, Missouri, McDiarmid was unable to practice law in Arkansas, so she used her law experience to counsel women on their legal rights. She had kept the AESA going by writing articles for the Little Rock women’s suffrage magazine Woman’s Chronicle and by attending National Woman Suffrage Association meetings.