Carrie Chapman Catt has been recognized as one of the most prominent female leaders of the 19th and early 20th century. She was a suffragette and the founder of the League of Women Voters.
Carrie Clinton Lane was born on January 9, 1859, in Ripon, Wisconsin. When she was seven years old, her parents moved to Charles City, Iowa, where Carrie attended school. When she graduated from high school, her father was against her continuing her education, so she taught school for a year and saved her money. She enrolled in Iowa State Agricultural College in 1878 and spent two years there. She was the only woman to graduate from the college in 1880.
Carrie had wanted to become a lawyer, but she began teaching high school in Mason City, Iowa. She found she enjoyed teaching so much that she gave up on becoming a lawyer. Within two years she became principal, and five years later, superintendent of Mason City schools.