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Antoinette Funk

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Antoinette Funk
Antoinette Funk circa 1920.jpg
Funk circa 1920
Marie Antoinette Leland

(1873-05-30)May 30, 1873
DiedMarch 26, 1942(1942-03-26) (aged 68)
Alma materIllinois Wesleyan University (J.D.)[1]
OccupationLawyer, activist
Years active1913–1939
Known forContributions to the women's rights movement
Spouse(s)Isaac Lincoln Funk

Antoinette Funk (May 30, 1873 – March 26, 1942) was a lawyer and women's rights advocate during the 20th century. She served as the executive secretary of the Congressional Committee of the National American Woman Suffrage Association.[2]


She was born on May 30, 1873 in Dwight, Illinois as Marie Antoinette Leland. In 1892 she married Charles Thurber Watrous, who died shortly after the marriage.

In 1893, she married Isaac Lincoln Funk. Five years later, she attended Illinois Wesleyan University Law School, where she received J.D.. In 1902, she moved to Chicago, where her work for women's rights would begin.[1]

As part of her women's rights advocacy, Funk gave speeches to women's rights groups.

In 1914, Funk rode stagecoaches across South Dakota and Nevada. She gave speeches several times a day, speaking at sits ranging from mines to the homes of butchers to organized dinner dances.[3] Funk particularly enjoyed speaking outdoors because it exposed passersby to her message.[3] On October 2, 1914, Funk was jailed in Minot, South Dakota for making an unauthorized street speech.[4]

In 1915, she addressed the College Equal Suffrage League of Bryn Mawr College in a speech entitled "The Best Arguments for Woman Suffrage."[2]

In 1917, she also supported the United States war effort during World War I along with other women's rights advocates as a member of the Women's Committee of the Council of Defense.[1] In 1918, Funk was the vice chairman woman's liberty loan Committee at the Treasury Department.[5]

During Franklin Delano Roosevelt's administration, Funk served as Assistant Commissioner of the Land Office.[6]

She retired from the NAWSA in 1939. In 1942, she died in San Diego, California.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d Funk, Kathryn (2012). "A Woman's Place". Illinois Wesleyan University Magazine. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  2. ^ a b "The Suffrage Cause and Bryn Mawr - More Speakers". Dedicated to the Cause: Bryn Mawr Women and the Right to Vote. Bryn Mawr College Library Special Collections. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  3. ^ a b Lumsden, Linda J. (1997-12-01). Rampant Women: Suffragists and the Right of Assembly. Univ. of Tennessee Press. ISBN 9781572331631.
  4. ^ Snodgrass, Mary Ellen (2015-04-08). Civil Disobedience: An Encyclopedic History of Dissidence in the United States: An Encyclopedic History of Dissidence in the United States. Routledge. ISBN 9781317474401.
  5. ^ Congress, United States (1918-01-01). Congressional edition. U.S. G.P.O.
  6. ^ Ware, Susan (1981-01-01). Beyond Suffrage: Women in the New Deal. Harvard University Press. ISBN 9780674069220.
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