When Jewelia Galloway Higgins first walked into a meeting of the segregated Dayton Women’s Suffrage Association in the early 1900s, she was labeled “the colored woman” in the meeting minutes. But, soon, the women were not only calling Galloway Higgins' by her name but following her lead.
The minutes detail how Galloway Higgins invited the other women to speak with her at the courthouse. There, Galloway Higgins gave speeches on suffrage and equal rights, distributed pamphlets and hosted community speakers.
Galloway Higgins’ work is just one example of the deep impact Black women had on the women’s suffrage movement in the early 20th century.