Wilhelmina Kekelaokalaninui Widemann Dowsett

 

Wilhelmina Kekelaokalaninui Widemann Dowsett was a Native Hawaiian suffragist.

Thanks to the efforts of women like Dowsett and WESAH, President Wilson signed a bill allowing the residents of the territory to decide for themselves in 1919.

While many in the territory, like those on the mainland, were against granting the right of suffrage to Asian women, Dowsett included them in her vision of Hawaii’s future.

Hawaiian women became enfranchised along with their mainland sisters when the 19th Amendment became part of the U.S. Constitution in August 1920.

However, It would take another 39 years for Hawaii to become the 50th state in the Union, and for the residents of Hawaii, both male and female, to gain full US voting rights.

 

 


IATSE Facebook post dated 8/13/2020