: This is a copy of a letter written on April 1, 1914, by S.P. Breckinridge, an educator and activist from Illinois, to Mrs. W.O. Thompson, the wife of the president of the Ohio State University. Breckinridge wrote to Mrs. Thompson to congratulate her on recent resolutions passed by the Conference of College Women. She also wrote about her hope for all women to experience the the right to vote, a right which women in Illinois had already achieved. Breckinridge informed Mrs. Thompson that she admired the work Ohio college women were doing.
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_B01F01_07 Subjects
: Women--Suffrage; Social movements; Franklin County Woman Suffrage Association; College students; Places
: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio);