20 Facts Suffrage

Twenty Facts About Woman Suffrage

This list appeared in the September 1911 issue of the Western Woman Voter, a newspaper published in Seattle, Washington.

Established to serve all women voters throughout the western U.S., Western Woman Voter began publication following the passage of suffrage in Washington State. Adella Parker, a popular Seattle lawyer and prominent suffragist, was the driving force behind both it and the suffrage movement. It also served as a print forum for Parker’s progressivist sympathies regarding political and social reform.

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Twenty Facts About Woman Suffrage

Fact No. 1. Half a million women in the United States have full political rights.

Fact No. 2. In five states of the Union, Washington, Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming and Utah, women vote for President, Vice-President, Congressmen and all state, county and city officials.

Fact No. 3. Utah a suffrage state has the largest proportion of home owners of any state in the Union.

Fact No. 4. In Denver the women cast 55 per cent of the vote in the large residence wards, and only 4 per cent in the “slum” wards.

Fact No. 5. Women are only 42 per cent of the population of Colorado, but they cast 45 per cent of the vote.

Fact No. 6. In New Zealand, at the first election (1893), 78 per cent of the women voted and 69 per cent of the men. (The women less frequently “lose their vote” by being away from home.)

Fact No. 7. At later elections in New Zealand the vote of the men steadily rose. In 1905 (latest available report) 80 per cent of the men and 80 per cent of the women voted.

Fact No. 8. In most states of the Union about 60 or 65 per cent of the men vote.

Fact No. 9. In Wyoming 90 per cent of the women vote.

Fact No. 10. In Colorado 80 per cent of the women register and 72 per cent vote.

Fact No. 11. In Idaho women cast 40 per cent of the vote, though they are in the minority.

Fact No. 12. In Colorado, in the first eight months after women were enfranchised, more books on political economy and civics were sold than in the whole twenty years before.

Fact No. 13. In Seattle there were never a hundred women devoting themselves to the suffrage campaign, but 23,000 women registered at the first election.

Fact No. 14. Eighty per cent of the women voting in Seattle this year were married women the women of the “home.”

Fact No. 15. In Wyoming and Idaho a larger percentage of women are married than in any other states of the Union.

Fact No. 16. Where women have voted the longest, divorce is only one-eighth as great as in similar states where they do not vote.

Fact No. 17. In New Zealand divorce has decreased 77 per cent and crime has decreased 55 per cent since women began to vote.

Fact No. 18. There is no nation, no state, no city, where women vote where the vote of the undesirable women even remotely approaches that of the women of good repute.

Fact No. 19. Almost 30,000 women voted at the last election in Denver. Of these, only 400 could be connected with any bad element.

Fact No. 20. In letters presented to the Chicago Charter Convention in October, 1906, the 140 mayors of the five states where women at that time voted in city elections (Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Kansas) were unanimous in agreeing, first, that the women of those states do vote in large numbers (in many places 90 to 95 per cent); second, that the women are public spirited and take an intelligent interest in political affairs; third, that the vote of the “undesirable women” is an insignificant factor.

You will talk about a woman’s sphere
As though it had a limit;
There’s not a place on earth or heaven;
There’s not a task to mankind given;
There’s not a blessing or a woe;
There’s not a whispered yes or no;
There’s not a life or death or birth
That has a feather’s weight of worth
Without a woman in it.

—A. C. Bowman

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