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Stephanie Hunter: Sculpting a pioneer of women’s suffrage

Stephanie Hunter, a Surprise artist who specializes in bronze statues, has been commissioned to create a sculpture of women suffrage leader Frances Willard Munds. PHOTO BY JULIA SHUMWAY/ARIZONA CAPITOL TIMES

rances Willard Munds doggedly lobbied the Arizona Territorial Legislature to recognize women’s right to vote, then turned her attention to winning at the ballot box when the territorial governor objected, fearing it would jeopardize Arizona’s bid for statehood. Months after Arizona finally became a state, the voters – all men – overwhelmingly embraced women’s suffrage.

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