: On April 13, 1914, Mary Ware Dennett, a women's rights activist, wrote this letter to Lucile Atcherson, a suffragist in central Ohio who served as executive secretary of the Franklin County Woman Suffrage Association. In the letter, Dennett is answering a request from Atcherson for a list of female Labor movement speakers who could have come to Ohio to campaign for women's suffrage. Dennett listed several speakers who could have been available to come to Ohio.
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_B01F02_02 Subjects
: Women -- Suffrage; Social movements; Franklin County Woman Suffrage Association; Labor movement -- United States -- History -- 20th century; Places
: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio); New York City (New York);