Celebrating the 19th Amendment: cookbook sales kept the suffragette movement funded

Photo: Kansas City MO City Councilwomen and female staff gathered to recognize the Woman’s Suffrage Movement on August 20, the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment. Photo courtesy Andrea Bough.

The Dish – Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment 


Publishers Note: To fund their cause, suffragettes who fought for the women’s right to vote over a hundred years ago collected recipes and sold cookbooks. To commemorate the anniversary, the American Bar Association has published recipes from Supreme Court justices and other legal luminaries in its Nineteenth Amendment Digital Centennial Cookbook: 100 Recipes for 100 Years. (You can find recipes from Justice Ginsburg’s husband Martin on pages 14, 32, 57.) We thought that was a great idea. Here is our version featuring recipes from our local city councilwomen, Andrea Bough and Ryana Parks-Shaw. 


By D’Ann Dreiling


     They marched, picketed, were fined and jailed.  When World War I broke out, they stepped up to fill hundreds of thousands of jobs vacated by men entering the military.  They abandoned their hoop skirts for bloomers and “kept the home fires burning”.  And in August of 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified.  Women had the right to vote. It took almost 80 years of hard work and determination, but the battle was won.

     Thanks to the suffragettes, today’s women cannot only vote, but play a prominent role in our  political system.  Our local city councilwomen are no exception. 

Cover of The Woman Suffrage Cook Book, published in 1886.

Andrea Bough, was elected as the 6th District at Large in 2018.  As an attorney specializing in real estate she is involved in a myriad of councils, committees and causes, including the City Planning Commission and Boards of Zoning Readjustment. In 2017, she received a Women’s Justice Award from Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly. Always interested in local governments, she ran for office to ensure that decisions made by local elected officials would have a positive impact on Kansas City’s families.

Bough lives in the Brookside area with her husband, Steve, two kids and two dogs.  When asked for a recipe, she admitted this might not be her family’s favorite recipe, but “it has great sentimental value to me. I was an only child and my babysitter, Mrs. Trevathen, often made these ‘dumplins’ for me and my best friend Julie. Before she died, she gave each of us the hand written recipe. The recipe is verbatim”.

Representing the 5th District is the incredible Ryana Parks-Shaw.  With a masters degree in Healthcare Services Administration, this councilwoman comes to office with 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry.  She ran for city council after learning that the life expectancy of Kansas City residents in her district is twenty years less than neighboring communities.

“I wanted to work to make an impact”, says Parkss-Shaw.  She frequently collaborates with Swope Park Health Services, Black Care Coalition, Kansas City Health Department, local churches and neighborhood groups to bring assistance to those in need in her district.  She concerns herself both physical and mental health issues as well as the terminally ill.  A graduate of Ruskin High School, she and her husband Michael have raised their three children in Kansas City and are dedicated to improving  the lives of it’s citizens.

Her favorite recipe these days is a green smoothie.

City Councilwomen Andrea Bough (l) and Ryana Parks-Shaw introduced a resolution to the City Council recognizing the Woman’s Suffrage Movement on August 20, the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment. Adoption of the resolution also supported numerous organizations’ goals to eliminate existing gender biases and sex discrimination. Photo courtesy Andrea Bough.


Here’s the dish…


Mrs. Trevathen’s Dumplins

  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 chicken bullion cubes
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


Put flour in mixing bowl.  Make a well in the center, add salt, eggs and 1 cup of boiling broth. 

Stir with spoon until cool enough to handle with hands.  Turn out on a floured board and knead 100 times.  Roll very thin and cut into strips.  Have remaining broth boiling.  Add dumplins a few at a time. Let boil after each addition, simmer about 15 minutes.   


Ryana’s Green Smoothie 

  • 1 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
  • 2 – 3 large kale leaves
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

     Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  Adjust liquid for desired consistency.  Pour in a glass and throw in a straw.  If you want to get fancy, garnish with some grated cashew and dried red fruit like açaí or cranberries.


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