Item #17652 “Votes for Women! The Woman’s Reason Because…” [Pro-suffrage broadside.]. Woman's Suffrage, Nation Woman's Suffrage Association, NAWSA.

“Votes for Women! The Woman’s Reason Because…” [Pro-suffrage broadside.]

New York: [National Woman Suffrage Publishing Company Inc., n.d., ca. 1917]. Probably printed ca. 1917. An earlier printing by the Libbie Printing Co. (Boston), which was printed with the name of the Boston Equal Suffrage Association rather than the NAWSA, states “Because 5,000,000 women in the United States are wage workers…” This flier states the number as “8,000,000,” which conforms with a holding at the University of Houston dated 1917. A couple small nicks to edges of paper. A very good copy of a fragile, scarce item. Orange paper sheet printed in black. Broadside (7 x 10 ”). Item #17652

The broadside presents ten arguments for why women should have the right to vote, including “because women must obey the laws just as men do, they should vote equally with men” and “because women pay taxes just as men do, thus supporting the government, they should vote equally with men.” Other arguments include the fact that millions of women worked industrial jobs at the time, so they deserved a voice in improving workplace legislation; and that “mothers want to make their children’s surroundings better.” The final reason reads, “Because women are citizens of a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, and women are people, they should vote equally with men.”.

The National American Woman Suffrage Association was formed in 1890 when the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA), led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, merged with Lucy Stone and Julia Ward Howe’s American Woman Suffrage Association (AWSA). The two organizations had previously taken different approaches to securing the vote for women, with the NWSA pursuing a constitutional women’s suffrage amendment and the AWSA arguing for a state-by-state approach. The winning tactic eventually proved to be a combination of both, with the NAWSA, under Carrie Chapman Catt’s leadership, proving essential to the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. After the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, the NAWSA became the League of Women Voters. See “Votes for Women! The Woman’s Reason Because…” 100 Years of Progress exhibit (item 20156). University of Houston Libraries.

Price: $500.00