: Elizabeth J. Hauser, a suffragist who worked for the Ohio Woman Suffrage Association, wrote this letter on September 4, 1914, to Lucile Atcherson, who worked as executive secretary for the Franklin County Woman Suffrage Association. In the letter, Hauser informed Miss Atcherson that suffragists in Toledo had requested pennants and decorations for a Lucas County Fair. The Ohio Woman Suffrage Association had no pennants to loan to the women in Toledo and couldn't afford any. Hauser asked Atcherson if she and the suffragists in Franklin County had any decorations they could loan or sell to the women in Toledo, and gave Atcherson Mrs. May Barlow Stearns's contact information in case Atcherson could help out the women in Toledo.
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_09 Subjects
: Women--Suffrage; Social movements; Franklin County Woman Suffrage Association; Ohio Woman Suffrage Association; Parades--Ohio; Places
: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio); Warren (Ohio); Trumbull County (Ohio);