Clay, Mary Barr (1839 - 1924)

Section J, Lot 6  
Daughter of Cassius and Mary Jane Warfield Clay, Mary Barr attended the 10th anniversary meeting of the National Woman Suffrage Association in St. Louis in 1879 as a self-appointed delegate. There she arranged to bring Susan B. Anthony to Kentucky, where Anthony gave her "Bread, Not the Ballot" speech which emphasized that the ballot was necessary for the economic protection women needed. In 1883, Mary Barr Clay was elected president of the American Women Suffrage Association. It is thought by many that Mary Bar Clay's greatest contribution to the women's movement was her introduction of her sister, Laura Clay, to the cause.  

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