19th at 100: Commemorating the Suffrage Struggle and Its Legacies in Northeast Ohio Main MenuIntroductionThe Road to SuffrageThe Struggle at CWRUNotable FiguresAfter SuffrageEinav Rabinovitch-Fox2e56e3d6b4b5f137a53bf7f9d80912f3b70a7958Lauren Dostal628641db4e19e9efe2242726f29ce1860e9c6baeIsabel Fedewa20dc403a88a0fde6c4856bc25beccbae49174777Jewel Yoder Kuhns34ffc591dd6b165c1079a95ab2c0ba1ad4aecf01Kellyn Toombsef2469033dbca72962b50fe7dea33c71c0a45069Abbey Wellsef2cda5c08d1ad75ae8532e3f202032ddc31cee0
Jane Edna Hunter
12020-05-04T03:18:37+00:00Isabel Fedewa20dc403a88a0fde6c4856bc25beccbae4917477783plain2020-05-04T04:37:13+00:00Isabel Fedewa20dc403a88a0fde6c4856bc25beccbae49174777The daughter of two sharecroppers, her father the child of a plantation overseer and a slave, Jane Edna Hunter keenly felt her racial inheritance. As a young girl she worked as a live-in servant and was given the chance to attend school by a missionary. She took her education as far as she could, attending Marshall Law School in Cleveland, Ohio. Hunter’s background led her to support other poor black girls and women working alone, and she founded the Phillis Wheatley Association in 1911, under its first name, the Working Girls Association. The association provided lodging, job placement, and job training. In addition, Hunter founded the Women’s Civil Rights League of Cleveland. Hunter also worked on the national scale and served as Vice President of the NACW. She received honorary degrees from four different universities and has multiple present day buildings named after her.