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About the Book

Mary Morgan Blackburn  Ketchel has penned an historical fiction for children, bringing to life the excitement of the day women won the right to vote! 

She is joined by her mother, US Senator Marsha Blackburn in writing Camilla Can Vote, an intriguing story of the suffrage movement through the eyes of a precocious child. 

Camilla’s class trip to the history museum proved to be both instructive and enlightening when Camilla is transported back to August 18, 1920. That’s when women achieved the right to vote with the “Yes” vote from Harry T. Burn, a young legislator from East Tennessee whose mother encouraged him to do the right thing by breaking the 48-48 tie in the Tennessee House of Representatives. Until that day, women did not have the same rights as men.  

“…be a good boy and help Mrs. Catt put the ‘rat’ in ratification.”

Legislator Harry T. Burn received a letter from his mother that changed the course of history. 

The state of Tennessee became the last of the necessary 36 states to ratify the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.  

It was a seventy two year effort led by some amazing American women, and a story that should be celebrated by every American woman. Join Camilla as she explores this exciting history!

About the Authors

Mary Morgan Ketchel

Mary Morgan Blackburn Ketchel feels particularly connected to the women’s suffrage movement. She was able to exercise her right to vote for her own mother, to become the first woman elected to Congress, and then to the Senate, in her home state of Tennessee.  Women gained the hard fought right to vote just 100 years ago.  The suffragists were mothers and daughters who changed history for mothers and daughters. She hopes Camilla Can tell this amazing story to as many little girls as she can reach. 


Marsha Blackburn
Marsha Blackburn is a member of the United States Senate.

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