Beatrice Lumpkin, 98

Chicago, IL

“How proud I was to learn what the suffragettes dared do to win women's right to vote”

  • Born August 1918 in New York, NY

  • Labor activist for 83 years

  • Officer of Chicago Metro Retirees, part of the Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans

  • Founding member of Coalition of Labor Union Women

  • Four children, three grandchildren, one great-grandchild, three great-great-grandchildren

 

“It started before I was born. My mother was among the first women to cut her hair short and to switch from the long skirts that dragged in the mud to short dresses. It's all about our rights, starting with the right to vote. When I got old enough to understand, how proud I was to learn what the suffragettes dared do to win women's right to vote. But the fight went on until African Americans won the right to vote. We'll never let anyone take that away from us!”

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