: Mrs. Evelyn Canada wrote this letter on August 25, 1914, to Lucile Atcherson (addressed as Lucile Addinson) regarding an invitation to attend a meeting in Franklin County later that month. Evelyn Canada was informing Atcherson, who served as executive secretary of the Franklin County Woman Suffrage Association, that she would not be able to attend the meeting due to family matters. She said that she regretted the fact that she would not be able to be a part of the committee to organize a suffrage movement among non-white women. She also expressed her feeling that in the near future, women would become the ruling power in the United States.
The Franklin County Woman Suffrage Association was formed in 1912, after the Ohio Constitutional Convention elected to bring to a vote the question of removing the words "white male" from the state constitution with regard to voting rights. Headquartered in the Chamber of Commerce building in Columbus, Ohio, the organization put out regular publications, organized public speeches and meetings, distributed literature and held parades in support of the suffrage movement. Women's suffrage in Ohio was defeated in a special election in 1912 and again in 1914 and 1916 before a resolution narrowly passed in 1917 allowing municipal voting by women in Columbus. In 1920, the 19th Amendment passed, extending the vote to women and prohibiting state and federal government from denying suffrage on the basis of sex. View on Ohio Memory.
: MSS1025_B01F02_04_01 Subjects
: Women -- Suffrage; Social movements; Franklin County Woman Suffrage Association; African American women -- Ohio Places
: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio);