: H.E. Rainier wrote this letter on September 9, 1914, addressed to the Equal Suffrage League, to inform the League of a debate Rainier would be participating in. Rainier requested facts and statistics that would help support women's suffrage in the debate on the issue of equal suffrage. Rainier requested statistics especially on the rates of divorce in states that had already achieved suffrage for women.
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_B01F08_01 Subjects
: Women--Suffrage; Social movements; The Equal Suffrage League; Places
: Groveport (Ohio); Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio);