Hannah J. Patterson: Feminist Trailblazer
Hannah J. Patterson was a leading figure in the Woman Suffrage Movement from 1912 through 1917. In 1912, she was the Chairman of the Woman’s Suffrage Party of Pennsylvania and with PWSA President Jennie Bradley Roessing, led the three year campaign for a suffrage amendment to the state constitution. In 1915, she was elected Secretary of the National American Woman’s Suffrage Association under Carrie Chapman Catt. When NAWSA leadership offered their organizing abilities to aid in the war effort during first World War, Patterson was named Resident Director of the Woman’s Committee of the U.S. Council of National Defense, earning the Distinguished Service Medal in 1919. Patterson continued to focus on women’s issues and politics throughout her life.
Amy Ensley, Director of the Hankey Center