Jessie Annette Jack Hooper, pt 2

Going through emails I found a paragraph written by Helen Brannan, a retired professor in Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, on Jessie Hooper:
“In the early years of the twentieth century, people in Oshkosh knew Jessie
Jack Hooper (1865-1935) as a talented local woman who became a leader of the women’s suffrage movement, instrumental at both the national and state levels in working toward the passage of the 19th Amendment and in making Wisconsin the first state to ratify it. After that success, Hooper’s remained prominent as the first state president of the League of Women Voters, the organization formed by former suffragists to ensure that women’s votes, won with such difficulty, would be effectively cast. Only two years after casting her first ballot, Hooper appeared on one, running as the Democratic candidate for the US Senate against Robert M. LaFollette in 1922. Her defeat did not diminish her commitment to political activism; instead, she simultaneously increased the geographical scope of her efforts while retreating back within the sphere of women’s voluntary organizations. Hooper worked with Native women, notably Lilly Oshkosh, to organize a chapter of the League of Women Voters on the Menominee Reservation, which won tribal support in 1925 for amending an allotment law to enable the tribe to retain all mineral rights and unalloted lands. Hooper’s strongest activist commitment after suffrage was the movement for world peace. She served as chair of international relations for the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, and later brought the petitions from a Conference on the Cause and Cure of War to the World Disarmament Conference in Geneva in 1932.

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