Do you have a piece of Ballou jewelry? Mary Ballou may have been a jewelry manufacturer’s wife, but she was an activist, too. She spent 50 years fighting for the vote and then was part of the Rhode Island League of Women voters.
Back in 1920 when Rhode Island ratified the Nineteenth Amendment, the Providence Journal named Mary Ballou (of Providence and the Bristol Ferry neighborhood of Portsmouth) as a “Rhode Island …
Source: Portsmouth Historical Society