Saturday, November 05, 2016

Women's Suffrage: circa 1880 in Arizona

"The demand for women's suffrage began to gather strength in the 1840s, emerging from the broader movement for women's rights. In 1848, the Seneca Falls Convention, the first women's rights convention, passed a resolution in favor of women's suffrage despite opposition from some of its organizers, who believed the idea was too extreme." Source:

"In July 1880, Matilda Joslyn Gage, the owner and editor of the pro-woman suffrage newspaper, The National Citizen and Ballot Box, compiled a massive list of notes from women all over the country who sent in postcards with notes on why they wanted to vote," says my friend JD Thomas of Accessible-Archives where the digital version of the newspaper is located. He indicated women in Arizona were involved in asserting their support of women's right to vote.

IMAGE: Screen shot with image of Matilda Joslyn Gage
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IMAGE: courtesy of
University of Arizona Institutional Repository
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