: Elizabeth J. Hauser of the Ohio Woman Suffrage Association wrote this letter on September 14, 1914, to Lucile Atcherson of the Franklin County Woman Suffrage Association to inform her that the state association was asking Franklin County to take responsibility for promoting suffrage in two extra counties, in addition to the three they already managed. Franklin County was asked to take Ross and Fairfield Counties, in addition to Delaware, Fayette, and Pickaway which they already managed. Hauser said that the state association wanted more of an effort to combat anti-suffragist influence in Chillicothe and Ross Counties.
Hauser also informed Atcherson that the state association was requesting that Franklin County take responsibility for organizing meetings for Rose Livingstone and Mrs. Vorce in Chillicothe, Mt. Gilead, Delaware, Lancaster, and Logan. The purpose of these meetings was to increase organization of suffragists in these areas. The state association hoped to form committees in these regions that would promote women's suffrage locally and encourage voters to pass the amendment.
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_B01F04_01_01 Subjects
: Women -- Suffrage; Social movements; Franklin County Woman Suffrage Association; Places
: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio); Warren (Ohio); Trumbull County (Ohio);