Amy A. Kaukonen

From Ohio History Central

In 1920, a sufficient number of states ratified the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. This amendment granted women the right to vote. Immediately upon receiving this right, some women began to pursue elected office. One woman who attained quick success was Amy Kaukonen. In 1921, Kaukonen was elected mayor in Fairport Harbor, Ohio, a small community in the northeastern portion of the state. Kaukonen was the first woman elected mayor of a community in Ohio. She also was one of the first women elected mayor in the entire United States. Most women who won election to political office initially served at the city level as city council members or on local schoolboards. As the twentieth century continued, Ohio women began to win offices at all levels of government.

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