Biographical Database of NAWSA Suffragists, 1890-1920
Biography of Lulu Alice Boyers Markwell, 1865-1941
By Ryan Driskell Tate, St. Paul, MN
For a biographical sketch, see the online "Encyclopedia of Arkansas": https://encyclopediaofarkansas.net/entries/lulu-alice-boyers-markwell-7440/
Mrs. Markwell's suffrage activism is well described in the History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 6, pp. 16-17.
In January, 1911, the Political Equality League was organized in Little Rock. This organization came about indirectly as a result of an article written by Mrs. D. D. Terry of this city and published on the front page of the Arkansas Gazette, the largest paper in the State. It was in answer to a scathing criticism of women by another paper for attending the trial of a child victim and was a demand that the suffrage should be given to women.
Immediately following this occurrence Mrs. J. W. Markwell called a public meeting in one of the Methodist churches to discuss this question. She was chairman and Mrs. Rice, Mrs. Terry, Mrs. L. B. Leigh, Mrs. Minnie Rutherford Fuller and members of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union and the College Women's Club, almost to a unit suffragists, were among the prominent women present. They were deeply stirred and as the Legislature was in session they asked for a hearing. This was granted by the Judiciary Committee and they were courteously received, as they stated their desire. They went from the hearing into one of the committee rooms of the Capitol and decided to form a woman suffrage society. The same women with a few others met in the home of Mrs. Markwell that evening. Miss Julia McAlmont Warner was made chairman and the following officers were elected: President, Miss Mary Fletcher; vice-president, Mrs. W. P. Hutton; secretary, Mrs. Jennings; treasurer, Miss Warner, and the name adopted was Woman's Political Equality League. It started with 20 in the treasury — of which 3 were paid by men — Dr. J. W. Markwell, Mr. Boyer and Clio Harper.