Evanston Political Equality League
The Evanston Political Equality League was a group dedicated to fighting for suffrage that included many prominent Evanston women. While the organization was officially founded in 1903 or 1904, Evanston women had been interested in women’s suffrage for many years. Many of the EPEL’s members had been involved in temperance and other reform causes as part of women’s clubs or the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, headquartered in Evanston. In 1895, an Evanston Index article recognized the efforts of Celestia McKinnie and Elizabeth Harbert, who had been “urging the legislature to extend further suffrage to women”—the kind of effort that other accounts tell us was often met with ridicule.