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Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Women’s Right to Vote

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GFWC Florida District 10’s Role During the Woman’s Suffrage Movement

Five years before the passing of the 19th Amendment, Mrs. Zena M. Dreier made history when she cast a ballot in the June 19, 1915 city election. Mrs. Zena M. Dreier was the first woman to cast a ballot not only in Fellsmere and all of Florida, but also the first woman to cast a vote south of the Mason-Dixon Line. The town residents took much pride in this unique woman’s right, and urged neighboring municipalities to follow the ‘Fellsmere Way’ to equal suffrage. In 1919, a U.S. Constitutional amendment granted suffrage to women. But history will note that Fellsmere led the way.