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Suffrage in Milwaukee

Suffragist members of the Political Equality League in Milwaukee ride in an early Ford automobile draped with bunting reading "Votes for Women" in this undated photo. 

This State Journal editorial ran on Jan. 2, 1917, two years before Congress sent a suffrage amendment to the states:

The Wilson administration has determined to place no obstacle in the way of the movement to enfranchise women by federal amendment.

The judiciary committee got the tip to report out the Susan B. Anthony amendment and did so. Champ Clark, when asked by the Congressional Union to permit the use of statuary hall in the Capitol building for a memorial service to (suffragist) Inez Milholland Boissevain, did not hesitate to grant the request. And now the chief of police of Washington has granted a permit to hold a suffrage parade on Pennsylvania Avenue, even in the evening if suffrage workers wish a torch-light parade.

If the amendment is not passed at this session, it will be the vote of congressmen that will prevent its passage, and the congressmen will have to assume personal responsibility for their opposition.

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