Life of Kate F O'Connor
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, speaker Lynell Cannell introduces you to local suffragist Kate F. O’Connor. The more you learn about Kate F. O’Connor, the more you will wish you could have known her. This Rockford native was well-known all over town as she became a public servant, successful businesswoman, noted suffragist, public speaker, defender of labor rights for women and children, and finally a state and federal official.
Her achievements from the 1880s to the 1940s were noteworthy, but even more interesting were the fearlessness and good humor with which she approached life and its adventures. Come see what an interesting life she had and how she could hold her own when surrounded in the public sphere by men. Learn about her decades-long dedication to women’s suffrage.