Lee, Mabel Ping-Hua – Women’s Suffrage


This Mabel Ping-Hua Lee history mug is one of a collection of Women’s Suffrage biographical mugs.  An image of Mabel Ping-Hua Lee and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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Mabel Ping-Hua Lee was born in China and raised in N.Y.C., she was a women’s rights activist and minister who campaigned for women’s suffrage in the United States.  In 1921, she became the first Chinese woman to earn a doctorate in economics.  Lee was a community advocate for the Chinese community in New York and the residents of Chinatown.  She was a tireless supporter of a woman’s right to vote. When the 19th Amendment passed in 1920, Mabel Ping-Hua Lee was still not able to vote since she was a Chinese immigrant per the Chinese Exclusion Act.  It was not until the passage of the Magnuson Act of 1943 that Lee was able to vote.

Civil Rights & Women’s Suffrage

In the United States, women did not have the right to vote until the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920.  It states The right of citizens of the U.S. to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the U.S. or by any State on account of sex.  Women’s suffrage emerged from the broader women’s rights movement of the 1840s, and two competing organizations, one led by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and another led by Lucy Stone.  In 1890, they merged becoming the National American Woman Suffrage Association led by Susan B. Anthony.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

  • Mugs are food and microwave safe.
  • To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
  • Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days. 

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