By Kelbi Culwell, undergraduate, Louisiana State University
Miss Elizabeth Green Kalb was born in 1895 in the state of Ohio. After moving to Houston, Texas, she attended and graduated from the Rice Institute in 1916. While studying at Rice, Kalb was awarded the Carnegie Prize in the Texas state intercollegiate oratory contest in 1915. She later went on to study at the University of Chicago. In 1918 Kalb became active in the woman’s suffrage movement and went to work for the National Woman’s Party in Washington, D.C. She joined NWP protesters at a 1918 picket of the U.S. Capitol. She was later arrested during a watchfire demonstration in January of 1919, for which she was sentenced to five days in District Jail. After her arrest in 1919, Elizabeth Green Kalb was one of 166 women who were awarded the “prison pin” from the NWP for their time spent in jail. Kalb later became the librarian at NWP headquarters, where she was in charge of the literature and library department.
A short biography and image of Elizabeth Green Kalb is available through the Library of Congress at https://www.loc.gov/item/mnwp000097/
She is also included in Doris Stevens, Jailed for Freedom (New York: Boni and Liveright, 1920). Information concerning her duties in the NWP is mentioned in Suffragist, Vol. 8-9. See also Kalb’s response to a Survey article on prison conditions in the District of Columbia: Elizabeth Green Kalb, Letter on “The District Prison,” The Survey, October 16, 1920, p. 1906.