Martha Hughes Cannon’s Legacy of Leadership

blazed trails as a frontier doctor, suffragist, public health reformer, and the first female state senator in the nation. When she spoke at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, one newspaper commented that she was “one of the brightest exponents of the women’s cause in the United States.” Historians from the women’s history non-profit Better Days will discuss Dr. Cannon’s unique opportunities and challenges in her work to reform public health and advance women’s rights, and contextualize her involvement with the national suffrage movement and women’s political organizing in the early years of Utah statehood. They’ll also share details about the statue of Dr. Cannon that will be installed in the U.S. Capitol later this year as Utahns mark 125 years of women in public office.

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