Author: Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon


“Citizenship Schools” (April 1920)

In this article, published by the University of Virginia Record in April 1920, Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon, director of citizenship education for the Extension Bureau of the University of Virginia, makes the case for short-term institutes across the state to educate Virginians about government and their roles as citizens in holding it accountable to their interests.  She was leading this effort in advance of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution, guaranteeing women’s right to vote.