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Women of substance: Arizona duo that changed history

A chance meeting in Prescott for a pair of future suffragettes led to a lifelong friendship and increased rights for women across the Grand Canyon State.

Frances Willard Munds and Pauline O’Neil crossed paths during the late 19th century at the Arizona chapter of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. In 1899, O’Neil became president and Munds secretary of the Arizona Equal Suffrage Association – spending countless hours rallying for women’s suffrage.

After achieving the right to vote in 1912 (on the heels of Arizona’s statehood), O’Neil served two terms in the Arizona House of Representatives and Munds sat on the Senate.

– Hannah Van Sickle, The Arizona 100

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