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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

"Suffrage Stirs Up Missionaries"

"San Francisco Chronicle" 17 October 1911

Miss Harriet E. POLLARD, a missionary leaving tomorrow for Corea[sic],stated she had voted in Colorado and found nothing disagreeable in the experience. A woman is no more exposed to objectionable intrusion, she explained, while waiting to cast a vote than waiting to purchase a ticket at a railway office. She further gave assurance that Colorado did not repent of its woman suffrage privilege
Women of the West Museum
In 1914, taking lessons from their sisters in Kansas, California and Colorado, suffragists lobbied Progressive legislators until they offered a bill to enfranchise women. They spoke into bullhorns from Model T's and organized public parades, undaunted by taunts or threats to southern womanhood. A formidable two-thirds legislative majority posed too great a barrier to passage, however, and the bill was defeated.
Female Texans joined Arkansans and Oklahomans as the first women allowed in polling places in the South, when they won "primary suffrage," the right to vote in state primaries and political conventions, in 1918.

Our foremothers fought hard for the right to vote. Have you exercised that privilege today?

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