: Elizabeth J. Hauser of the Ohio Woman Suffrage Association wrote this letter to the executive secretary of the Franklin County Woman Suffrage Association, Lucile Atcherson, on September 28, 1914. Hauser wrote to discuss the ministerial letter that the Franklin County Woman Suffrage Association was planning to send to ministers in Franklin, Fayette, Pickaway, and Delaware Counties. The letter would encourage ministers to mention the vote on the women's suffrage amendment to their congregations on the two Sundays preceding the election. Hauser, along with Harriet Taylor Upton, decided that the state association would try to raise enough funds to allow the Franklin County Woman Suffrage Association to send the letter to ministers in almost every county in Ohio, and asked Atcherson if she would be able to do this provided the extra funds. Hauser also mentioned that she sent Atcherson a leaflet concerning the war and suffrage issue.
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_07_01 Subjects
: Women -- Suffrage; Social movements; Franklin County Woman Suffrage Association; World War I, 1914-1918 Places
: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio); Warren (Ohio); Trumbull County (Ohio);