S.P. Breckinridge letter to Lucile Atcherson, April 1, 1914   Save
S.P. Breckinridge letter to Lucile Atcherson, April 1, 1914
Description: On April 1, 1914, S.P. Breckinridge, an educator and activist, sent this letter to Lucile Atcherson, a suffragist in central Ohio and executive secretary for the Franklin County Woman Suffrage Association, informing Atcherson of the letter Breckinridge sent to the wife of William O. Thompson, President of the Ohio State University. Breckinridge's hope was that college women at Ohio State would make an impact in the Ohio women's suffrage movement. 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.
Image ID: MSS1025_B01F01_06
Subjects: Women--Suffrage; Social movements; Franklin County Woman Suffrage Association; College students;
Places: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio); Chicago (Illinois);