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Lena Morrow Lewis

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18621950
Biography

In 1909, Lena Morrow Lewis became the first woman to be elected to the Socialist Party’s National Executive Committee and served as its delegate to the International Socialist Congress in Copenhagen in 1910. She became an itinerant American Socialist Party leader and was in Alaska from 1912-1917 organizing socialists, advocating for women’s rights, preparing women to vote, and running for political office. She herself ran for Territorial Delegate on the Socialist Party ticket in 1916, making her the first woman to run for national office in Alaska. Leaving Alaska shortly after the election, she became one of the most active women socialists in the U.S. during the first half of the 20th century.

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In 1909, Lena Morrow Lewis became the first woman to be elected to the Socialist Party’s National Executive Committee and served as its delegate to the International Socialist Congress in Copenhagen in 1910. She became an itinerant American Socialist Party leader and was in Alaska from 1912-1917 organizing socialists, advocating for women’s rights, preparing women to vote, and running for political office. She herself ran for Territorial Delegate on the Socialist Party ticket in 1916, making her the first woman to run for national office in Alaska. Leaving Alaska shortly after the election, she became one of the most active women socialists in the U.S. during the first half of the 20th century.