Frances Willard Day, September 28th

Frances Willard (1839-1898) was an educator, a women’s rights activist, and a temperance reformer. She served as the president of the Chicago chapter of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) and later as the national president of the organization, a position she held for 19 years. In this role, Willard encouraged WCTU members to become involved with national politics to promote social reforms, such as women’s suffrage and working conditions improvement. Under her leadership, the WCTU came to be the largest women’s organization in the US, and she became a key figure in the passage of various laws and reforms, including raising the age of consent and the establishment of the eight-hour workday.
Her actions influenced the ratification of the 18th amendment that prohibited manufacturing, transporting, and selling alcohol, as well as the ratification of the 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote.

Frances Willard Day is celebrated annually in Minnesota and Wisconsin on September 28th, on Willard’s birthday. The day provides a platform to acknowledge Willard’s life and contribution to the nation. On the day, public schools in those states are commemorating her achievements in various educational activities.
Go and visit one of her landmarks:

If traveling is not an option, join the celebrations by raising a glass to honor Willard, learn about her path, and reflect on how her deeds affect your life in the present.


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