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Anna Howard ShawThe Work of Woman Suffrage$
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Trisha Franzen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038150

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038150.001.0001

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A Worker to the End (1916–1919)

A Worker to the End (1916–1919)

(p.164) Chapter 8 A Worker to the End (1916–1919)
Anna Howard Shaw

Trisha Franzen

University of Illinois Press

This chapter considers the life of Anna Howard Shaw after her 1915 resignation from the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Official retirement, although at first it brought a lessening of her administrative responsibilities, in the end allowed Shaw the freedom to broaden her involvements. During these last years, much of the public, from the youngest suffrage supporter up to the U.S. president, saw her as an elder stateswoman, a role Shaw enthusiastically embraced. On February 14, 1917, Shaw celebrated her seventieth birthday. Close to two hundred letters, gifts, and congratulations from her long-time suffrage colleagues through President Wilson celebrated her life. On May 19, 1919, Shaw became the first woman to be honored with the Distinguished Service Medal, the government's highest civilian award. Shaw died on July 2, 1919.

Keywords:   National American Woman Suffrage Association, Anna Howard Shaw, biography, Distinguished Service Medal

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