Library jewel #3: Women’s suffrage documents

Library jewel #3: Women’s suffrage documents

(A 1910 letter sent to Washington suffrage leader Emma Smith DeVoe from the president of the California Equal Suffrage Association, courtesy of Washington State Library)

Our third State Library jewel for August is an assortment of documents pertaining to women’s suffrage in Washington State and beyond.  Just in case you were not privy to the state’s recent celebration of the 100th anniversary of Washington women winning the vote, you can still find a marvelous collection of women’s suffrage documents in the Washington State Library.  The citations below make up only a fraction of the information made available to the public through the State Library.

Women vote in Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Norway, Finland, Australia, New Zealand This is a 1910 poster advertisement which states “Women vote in Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Norway, Finland, Australia, and New Zealand.  Are the women of Washington less entitled to vote?”

Annual report of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (It has Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony listed as authors.)

Speech of the Hon. D.R. Bigelow, on female suferage [sic] : delivered in the House of Representatives of Washington Territory Legislature, October 14, 1871

Woman suffrage : the argument of Carrie S. Burnham before Chief Justice Read, and Associate Justices Agnew Sharswood and Mercur of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, in banc, on the third and fourth of April, 1873, with an appendix containing the opinion of Hon. George Sharswood, and a complete history of the case, also, a compilation of the laws of Pennsylvania touching the rights of women

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