: Mrs. Mary Ekelberry wrote this letter to the Franklin County Woman Suffrage Association on October 20, 1914, to request posters in support of women's suffrage. She said there was good window space in her town to advertise the cause. She also expressed her wish that a good speaker could come to Galena, Ohio, to help convince the residents to support women's suffrage, but believed it was too late to arrange it. At the end of the letter, she explained that she had enclosed stamps for postage for the posters to be mailed. However she requests that if there was a need for the posters to go to a bigger town where they could reach a bigger audience, the postage to be used to send the posters elsewhere.
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_B01F10_11 Subjects
: Women--Suffrage; Social movements; Franklin County Woman Suffrage Association; Places
: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio); Galena (Ohio); Delaware County (Ohio);