Voters / You may know a man by the company he keeps. [Handbill] - Rare Book Insider
Voters / You may know a man by the company he keeps. [Handbill]

[Women's Movement - Ohio] Ohio Woman Suffrage Association

Voters / You may know a man by the company he keeps. [Handbill]

Warren, 1912
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Warren, 1912. Handbill measuring 10 ¼ x 6 ½ inches. Some tanning and faint crease marks from fold, near fine. The Ohio Woman Suffrage Association, founded in Cincinnati in 1869, was one of the earliest state-level suffrage organizations. It was active for several decades. Like the NAWSA, the group defined itself as moderate, condemning the picketing actions of the National Woman's Party. Offered here is a poster from the campaign in favor of Constitutional Amendment no. 23 in 1912, which would have granted suffrage to women had it passed. The OWSA campaign in favor of the amendment in 1912 was run by Harriet Taylor Upton, who had political experience on the national level. Upton raised $40,000 for the campaign, hiring a crew of fifty workers. This poster was produced as part of the group's efforts. It urges voters to support the amendment, listing the state-wide organizations that have lent their support, the biggest of which is the Ohio Federation of Labor. The handbill states "4,500,000 women will vote for the next president." The amendment may have failed in part because of opposition efforts to link women's suffrage to prohibition, with a series of anonymous handbills making this claim leading up to the election. Amendment 23 was one of many similar efforts spanning several decades that failed in Ohio before the legislature passed a bill granting women suffrage in 1917, which was overturned before 1920. In 1920 the National League of Women Voters subsumed the OWSA and the 19th Amendment finally gained passage. We find no other record of this handbill.
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