Celebrating 125 Years of Women at MIT 1873 —1998

Aumnae fought for women's right to vote

Katherine Dexter McCormick '04

Katharine Dexter (Left, Photo: F. Stern Studio) was one of 44 women students and 185 students graduating in 1904. Her field was biology.

She married Stanley McCormick, whose mental illness emerged soon after. Throughout her life she tried to find a biological basis and cure for schizophrenia. She supported Margaret Sanger's birth control movement and in 1927, hosted the first International Population Conference at the Dexter family's chateau in Switzerland. She also supported the crusade for women's right to vote. In 1909, she helped found the College of Equal Suffrage League of Massachusetts. She funded the National Women's Suffrage Association, and in 1916 was a Suffrage worker in NYC.

Mabel Warren Sawyer '94 was ward chairperson of the Boston Equal Suffrage Association.

Florence Luscomb

Florence Luscomb '09 (Right, c.1912) was a suffrage activist. She worked in the Architecture firm founded by Lilley Howe '88.

Charlotte Simmonds Sage '13 another suffrage activist, belonged to the professors wives' group, The Technology Matrons, founded in 1913.

When women won the vote in 1920, the National Women's Suffrage Association became the League of Women Voters and Mrs. McCormick became its first vice president.