The hallmark of the TCC's membership has always been “doing” and working to better our community. Many members' efforts have had impact beyond the borders of our state
—and, in doing so be the first woman to do so.
Selecting just one word to describe the members of the Twentieth Century Club—it would have to be “formidable.” Over the next year, we will be profiling TCC women past to present.
Even at age 13, Helen was a do-er making the honor roll of Scribner’s Illustrated Magazine for Boys and Girls. Born and raised in Ohio, she attended Putnum Seminary. Completing her education, she taught in schools on the East Coast before coming to Nevada in 1887 to teach at Bishop Whitaker’s College.
She became Mrs. Walter McNab Miller in 1888. The couple were active members of the National Education Association in San Francisco and presented educational papers to Nevada’s Legislature.
Helen served as 1st vice president of the National American Women Suffrage. Before women had the right to vote, she lobbied for food safety programs in Washington, DC—securing passage of the ground-breaking consumer protection bill, the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906.
A Nevada educator, activist and feminist. She organized the state's first private school and was co-founder of the state's first kindergarten. She was the first instructor and librarian at the University of Nevada, Reno. Clapp is a co-founder of the Twentieth Century Club.
Her company “H.K. Clapp of Carson City” installed the iron grill-work fencing around the Capitol building in Carson City.
In addition to teaching classes, Clapp also managed the women’s dormitories and the school library. Clapp was also a dedicated suffragist, working tirelessly for women’s voting rights for several decades. When she died in 1908, the Reno Evening Gazette wrote “it is doubtful if any single individual has had a wider influence in the forming days of Nevada than Miss Clapp.”
Anne Martin is a well-documented suffragette. Her father's death gave her a revelation, "suddenly made a feminist of me! . . . I found that I stood alone in my family against a man-controlled world."
What most biographies don’t mention is that she was a sketch artist and caricaturist—capturing the activities at Bishop Whitaker’s Seminary . If humor could be found in any incident, Anne found it. Her candid sketchbooks were confiscated by school officials twice.
Anne attended the University of Nevada (1891–1894), where she earned a degree in History. She earned a second B.A. in 1896 and an M.A. in History in 1897 from Stanford University.
In 1897, Martin established the University of Nevada's department of history.
She was president of the Nevada Woman's Civic League and led a successful fight for state suffrage in Nevada in 1914. In 1918 she ran on independent ticket for the U.S. Senate in Nevada. She was arrested picketing for suffrage in Washington, D.C., July 14, 1917 and sentenced to 60 days at Occoquan Workhouse. She was pardoned by President Wilson after three days.