First Security Foundation donates $15,000 for local women’s rights group

Charles City, Iowa-based First Security Foundation donated $15,000 to The National 19th Amendment Society.

First Security President CEO Kurt Herbrechtsmeyer, NNAS board members Jill Eike, Cheryl Erb, Joy Frank and Ivadelle Stevenson and First Security Marketing Manager Matt Bradley. (Photo courtesy of First Security Bank & Trust)

The donation is intended to help the local group build a secure storage shed to maintain a replica of a suffragette wagon used by suffragists more than a century ago to distribute periodicals supporting women’s rights. The wagon honors Carrie Chapman Catt, a Charles City native and Iowa State University, Ames, graduate, who founded the League of Women Voters 102 years ago to help women fulfill the right to vote.

The 19th Amendment Society maintains Catt’s childhood home, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.   

“First Security has long been a supporter of the National 19th Amendment Society and the local history the group preserves,” said First Security Bank & Trust Marketing Manager Matt Bradley.  “When they came to us with this need, we knew it was a perfect fit for the foundation.”