Timeline of Carrie Chapman Catt's Life

  • 1859 - Born January 9 to Lucius and Maria (Clinton) Lane in Ripon, WI.
  • 1866 - Moves with family to Charles City, IA.
  • 1877 - Enters Iowa Agricultural College (now Iowa State University) in Ames, IA.
  • 1880 - Graduates with a Bachelor of Science degree in general science course for women as the only woman in her class.
  • 1883 - Becomes Superintendent of Schools in Mason City, IA, one of the first women to hold such a position.
  • 1885 - Marries Mason City newspaper editor and publisher Leo Chapman in February.
  • 1886 - Leo Chapman dies of typhoid fever in San Francisco, CA. Remains in San Francisco, canvassing for ads and writing freelance articles.
  • 1887 - Moves back to Iowa and joins Iowa Woman Suffrage Association.
  • 1890 - Marries engineer and Iowa State classmate George W. Catt in June. Delegate to National American Woman Suffrage Association national convention.
  • 1900 - Succeeds Susan B. Anthony as president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association.
  • 1904 - Establishes the International Woman Suffrage Alliance and serves as president. Resigns as president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association to take care of her ailing husband.
  • 1905 - George Catt dies in October.
  • 1911-12 - World tour promoting woman suffrage and international peace. Visits Norway, Sweden, South Africa (meets with Gandhi), Egypt, Ceylon, India, Hong Kong, the Philippines and China.
  • 1914 - New York City magazine editor and publisher Miriam Folline Leslie bequeaths Catt one-half of her estate (worth more than $1 million) “for the cause of woman suffrage.”
  • 1915 - Returns to the United States and resumes leadership of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Organizes Women’s Peace Party with Jane Addams.
  • 1916 - Proposes “Winning Plan” to campaign for suffrage on both state and federal levels.
  • 1919 - U.S. House of Representatives passes suffrage amendment on May 21. U.S. Senate passes suffrage amendment on June 4. Continues to work to ensure ratification of 19th Amendment by 36 of 48 state legislatures. Proposes creation of nonpartisan educational organization for women voters.
  • 1920 - League of Women Voters founded on February 14. Tennessee becomes 36th state to ratify suffrage amendment on August 18. U.S. Secretary of State certifies ratification of 19th Amendment on August 26.
  • 1921 - Becomes the first woman to deliver a commencement address at Iowa State.
  • 1923 - Co-authors “Woman Suffrage and Politics: The Inner Story of the Suffrage Movement.” Retires as president of the International Woman Suffrage Alliance and made honorary chair.
  • 1925 - Forms the Committee on the Cause and Cure of War and serves as its chair.
  • 1926 - Featured on the cover of Time magazine.
  • 1930 - Delivers commencement address at Iowa State. Receives Pictorial Review Award for her international disarmament work.
  • 1932 - Resigns as chair of the Committee on the Cause and Cure of War and becomes honorary chair.
  • 1941 - Receives the Chi Omega Award at the White House from longtime friend Eleanor Roosevelt.
  • 1947 - Dies at her home in New Rochelle, New York, on March 9.
  • 1975 - Becomes one of the first inductees into the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame.
  • 1982 - Inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
  • 1992 - Named one of the 10 most important women of the century by the Iowa Centennial Memorial Foundation and presented with its Iowa Award for service of nationwide importance. Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics established at Iowa State University.
  • 1995 - Dedication of newly renovated Carrie Chapman Catt Hall, formerly Old Botany, at Iowa State University.
  • 2013 - One of the first four women to be honored on the Iowa Women of Achievement Bridge in Des Moines, Iowa.