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BOSTON LETTER
State House Corridors Crowded by Friends and Opponents of Woman Suffrage-

The House corridor has been crowded today by friends and opponents of woman suffrage, women button-holing the members of the House in preparation for the great debate, which is scheduled to occur on Wednesday. There is no doubt that the women will exert themselves in politics, if their activity to-day is an indication. The antis seem to have found their voice, judging by the advertisement in the morning papers reminding the Legislature of the overwhelming majority of 133,000 against suffrage in 1915, when every senatorial and every representative district in the state and every town, but two little ones and every city gave a majority against suffrage. But the suffragettes come back with their circular, "Why stop with 1915?" and submit a map showing how fast the cause has progressed since 1915. The antis want a referendum to the people next state election, but the vote of 34 to 5 in the Senate for the main proposition is proof enough that they will not get what they want.

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The Senate passed the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution on June 4, 1919 and sent it to the states to ratify. This amendment granted women the right to vote. The Massachusetts legislature ratified it on June 25, 1919 and was the eighth state to do so. The people against the ratification wanted a referendum in the next election, but the Senate voted to ratify by an overwhelming majority. The active participation in the war effort from 1917 to 1918 helped to win support for the amendment which became part of the constitution on August 26, 1920.

 

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Excerpt from the "Boston Letter" article on Suffrage from Greenfield Gazette and Courier newspaper

publisher   Greenfield Gazette and Courier
date   Jun 28, 1919
location   Greenfield, Massachusetts
width   1.5"
height   1.75"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Newspaper
accession #   #L08.023


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See Also...

"Beecher on Female Suffrage" article from Greenfield Gazette and Courier newspaper

"Suffrage Canvass Success" article from The Greenfield Recorder newspaper

Suffrage letter to George Sheldon


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