Suffrage In Sixty Seconds: McDiarmid Establishes Arkansas Equal Suffrage Association

Jul 1, 2019

After the passing of Lizzie Fyler, there appears to have been a three-year lull in suffrage activity in Arkansas. It was not until February of 1888 that Little Rock resident, Clara McDiarmid founded the Arkansas Equal Suffrage Association. In her announcement in the national Woman’s Journal, McDiarmid described their activities. “We are distributing leaflets,” she wrote, and “have a committee on program[e] and are to have two papers at each monthly meeting. Innumerable obstacles to overcome, but ‘onward’ is the catchword.”

From this point forward, Little Rock would be the center of the women’s suffrage movement in Arkansas. To learn more about women’s right to vote, visit