FLOR500, Garden 209 Eleanor McWilliams Chamberlain, Suffragist (ca. 1845–1934) Eleanor McWilliams Chamberlain was Florida's first advocate for women's rights. She was among the first generation of women college graduates. She settled in Tampa in 1883 with her husband and soon began speaking on the right to vote. She founded a suffrage organization and spoke around the state arguing for suffrage. As younger women began to lead the later effort for the vote, Chamberlain worked for “Mother’s Pensions” – an early form of Social Security for widows with children. In the 1920s, after the vote was won, she concentrated on charity work.
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Eleanor McWilliams Chamberlain, Suffragist 

(ca. 1845–1934)

Eleanor McWilliams Chamberlain was Florida's first advocate for women's rights. She was among the first generation of women college graduates. She settled in Tampa in 1883 with her husband and soon began speaking on the right to vote. She founded a suffrage organization and spoke around the state arguing for suffrage. As younger women began to lead the later effort for the vote, Chamberlain worked for "Mother’s Pensions” – an early form of Social Security for widows with children. In the 1920s, after the vote was won, she concentrated on charity work.





 




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