Viola M. Harrison letter to Lucile Atcherson, August 14, 1914   Save
Viola M. Harrison letter to Lucile Atcherson, August 14, 1914
Description: On August 14, 1914, the executive secretary of the Nebraska Woman Suffrage Association, Viola M. Harrison, sent this letter to Lucile Atcherson, a suffragist in central Ohio and executive secretary of the Franklin County Woman Suffrage Association. Harrison wrote to Atcherson to confirm that the Nebraska Woman Suffrage Association's state banner, which had been on loan with the FCWSA, had arrived safely in Lincoln, Nebraska. Harrison also congratulated Atcherson on a successful petition event in Ohio, and expressed her hopes for both Ohio and Nebraska to achieve equal 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.
Image ID: MSS1025_B01F04_13
Subjects: Women -- Suffrage; Social movements; Franklin County Woman Suffrage Association;
Places: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin (Ohio); Lincoln (Nebraska);