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A Legacy Of Female Political Leadership And Suffrage In Kansas

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Langston Hughes as a baby, held by his mother Caroline "Carrie" Mercer Langston.
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University
Carrie Mercer Langston was a writer at the center of progressive clubs in Kansas who encouraged women's participation in politics and journalism. She was also the mother of famed Kansas poet Langston Hughes, shown here as a baby in 1902.

A look at Kansas’ pioneering role as a leader in getting women the right to vote with the documentary "Chronicle: Pioneers. Patriots. Trailblazers."

Kansas played a pioneering role in the battle for women's suffrage, granting women the right to vote years before the country followed suit. A new KMBC documentary about that history airs Aug. 18 at 7 p.m., 100 years after the 19th Amendment was ratified.

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