Adele Goodman Clark championed women’s right to vote in Virginia and around the country.
For her efforts, the 1901 St. Catherine’s alumna was selected this past December as one of just 12 women from the state of Virginia to be immortalized in bronze for a monument in Richmond’s Capitol Square. She is joined by legends such as Martha Washington and Maggie Walker. The monument is targeted for completion in March 2015.
Clark's activist career began in 1909, when she and 18 other women founded the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia. In 1910, she was a delegate to the National American Woman Suffrage Association convention in Washington, D.C.
Clark then became the first president of the Virginia League of Women Voters 1920. After the 19th Amendment passed on Aug. 26, 1920, she traveled around the state lobbying government officials to support and encourage women to engage in the voting process. Clark also traveled to polling locations to ensure the safety and encourage minority voters.
Clark was also an accomplished artist and reportedly used her art to spread her message about women’s suffrage. She would set up her easel in downtown Richmond and hand out leaflets.