1925 May 12

OK to Issue Passports in a Woman’s Maiden Name


President Calvin Coolidge on this day endorsed Secretary of State Frank Kellogg’s decision to allow the State Department to issue passports to women in their maiden name if they preferred. A year earlier, the State Department had ruled that a married woman’s passport had to be issued in her husbands name. Lobbying by the National Woman’s Party, led by Alice Paul,  persuaded the State Department to reverse its policy.

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