|Name||Lottie Holman O'Neill|
Downer's Grove, Illinois , United States
|| November 07, 1878
|Died||February 17, 1967
Mar 08, 2019 05:46pm
|Info||Lottie Holman O'Neill |
Macomb Junior/Senior High School, Macomb
Lottie O'Neill was one of the women who made a political difference for women in Illinois politics. She, along with Winifred Mutch, helped open the door for women in Illinois politics.
Lottie O'Neill was born in Barry, Illinois, on November 7, 1878. She married William O'Neill in 1904. She then moved to Downer's Grove in DuPage County. Her husband strongly supported her views on women having the right to vote. He even refused to vote himself until women gained the right to vote. When Lottie O'Neill ran for office he strongly supported her.
Lottie O'Neill was inspired to run for office because of a Congresswoman's idea, and she became an active political worker. O'Neill was a member of the Association of Business and Professional Women. She also joined the League of Women Voters, the Women's Trade Union League, and the Guild of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. She was elected to the Illinois General Assembly in 1922. She served thirteen terms first in the House, then in the Senate. Her political career was interrupted when she tried to run for U.S. Senate and failed. Lottie O'Neill was a very amazing woman who just did not give up.
After sponsoring thirteen bills, of which only three passed, she was frustrated and bitterly wrote, "Perhaps never before have women's organizations of the state considered legislation so carefully, discussed it so fully and agreed so fully in their endorsement of several measures so that their failure to achieve success is all the more conspicuous. The three measures which passed . . . were to save the wild flowers, to help crippled women and children, and to assure some added rights to the inheritance of wives." This shows that Lottie O'Neill was a fighter for equal rights for women.
Lottie O'Neill stood for women's rights as well as to help the crippled women and children. Although she was a Republican, she had many Democratic friends. She believed that if we elected a woman president and had a few more women ambassadors, we would have fewer wars. She had a reputation for being fair and honest. She had opposed the United Nations, the federal income tax, and the encroachment of government into the domain of private business.
Many people thought Lottie O'Neill was a unique person. Some of her friends thought she was energetic. Some others thought that she was too radical. One thing was certain, however; everyone agreed she was a diligent worker who worked for equal rights for women as well as crippled women and children.?
[From Downers Grove Reporter, Mar. 30, 1977; Robert Howard, Illinois: A History of the Prairie State; Adade Wheeler and Marlene Wortman, The Roads They Made: Women in Illinois History.]