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Open Letter on Suffrage to Women’s Clubs in 1910

(The New Citizen/March 1910) No thoughtful woman, and especially no woman so thoughtful as to be identified with the vast club organization of the enterprising women of the nation for the mutual benefit of the individual and of society through the individual, can be indifferent to the thrill in the air of the effort of the equal suffrage organizations for full political freedom for women, in order that having by interchange of ideas discovered the things to be desired for human betterment they may help to attain them through direct influence upon the laws.

None can ignore the fact that men by securing political power have been able to improve their condition from the time of Magna Charta to today. Women as a body have in the past been quiescent for obvious reasons, timidity, lack of organization and initiative until the last half centry, since the Civil War forced them out into the world to solve the problem of existence for themselves and often for the families left by the war to their support. [women] (more…)


Professor Scott of Northwestern on Women (1907)

(The Womans Tribune/March 30., 1907) When I was a boy I used to be told: “Now, John, when you get married marry some woman who will look up to you.” I went on that quest for some years but could not find what I wanted, so I began to look up, and have been looking up ever since. But that is not the reason of my belief in woman suffrage.

I have been a teacher for many years and I have found that the young women are being better educated than the young men. We never have any trouble about having women enough for the Phi Beta Kappa; there are usually ten or fifteen surplus; but it is hard to find men who can attain the degree.

This item, and others like it, can be found in Accessible Archive’s Women’s Suffrage Collection. We can provide access to fully searchable newspapers by and for women including The Lily (1849-1856), National Citizen and Ballot Box (1878-1881), The Revolution (1868-1872), The New Citizen (1909-1912), The Western Woman Voter (1911-1913), The Woman’s Tribune (1883-1909) and the antisuffrage newspaper, The Remonstrance (1890-1913).



The Revolution: Notes About Women (December 1870)

In addition to it the original writing, The Revolution sometimes included what we now call a Listicle where they shared short items picked up from other papers or in letters written to the editors.

Some items were just relayed while others have a little editorial comment added. Those comments are in italics below.

Notes About Women

  • · “Feminary” is a new Western expression for female seminary.
  • · For the first time in thirty years the New Haven county jail is without a female prisoner.
  • · A charming girl in Covington, Ky., last week, giggled to the extent of dislocating her lower jaw.
  • · Mary Louise Boree is the first purely African girl whom the New Orleans schools have graduated as a teacher.
  • · New York young ladies are forming “walking clubs,” for the purpose of walking eight or ten miles a day.
  • · A German woman living at Batavia, N. Y., has this fall husked with her own hands over three hundred bushels of corn.
  • · Here is a specimen of wood-craft: “Miss Caroline Wood, of Iowa, has reclaimed 160 acres of wild prairie land, and has planted 200 fruit and 4,000 maple trees, all with her own hands.
  • · “A girl who has lost her beau may as well hang up her fiddle.” Yes, poor soul; there is nothing for her to hope for now, this side the grave. [Sarcastic humor was a hallmark of some Suffrage paper
    editors.] (more…)

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