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  • Title: Dr. Mabel Ping Hua Lee - First Chinese Baptist Church
  • Location: New York, NY
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Dr. Mabel Ping-Hua Lee was born in 1896 in Guangzhou, China, but relocated to the USA with her family when she was 9 years old. While growing up in New York City, Lee became interested in activism and women’s rights. In May of 1912, Lee co-led a suffrage march through NYC (starting in Greenwich Village) on horseback. Lee went on to study history and philosophy at Barnard College, where she continued to rally for women’s rights by leading student organizations and publishing essays, such as "The Meaning of Woman Suffrage" in 1914. When the 19th Amendment was passed in 1920, Lee—and all Chinese-Americans—was still unable to vote. While attending graduate school at Columbia University, Lee continued to advocate for every woman’s right to vote, but it was not until the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1943 that Lee would finally be able to cast her own ballot. Today, she is remembered for her tireless efforts as a suffragist & fervor in rallying for the rights of all women of color.