: Elizabeth J. Hauser, a suffragist from northeastern Ohio, wrote this letter on July 15, 1914, to Lucile Atcherson, a leader in the women's suffrage movement in central Ohio and executive secretary with the Franklin County Woman Suffrage Association. In the letter, Hauser informed Atcherson that she had enclosed a copy of Mr Westfall's response to a letter from the Ohio Woman Suffrage Association. Hauser also explained that she was sending Mr. Westfall numbers of how many women were voting in states that were already enfranchised. Hauser also recommended that Mr. Westfall get in touch with Atcherson so that she could send him updates on the work being done by the Franklin County Woman Suffrage Association.
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_16 Subjects
: Women -- Suffrage; Social movements; Franklin County Woman Suffrage Association; Ohio Woman Suffrage Association; Places
: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio); Warren (Ohio); Trumbull County (Ohio);