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25 1917 Texas Suffragists Send a Message to President Wilson The seventh convention of the Texas Equal Suffrage Association was held in Waco after the United States entered World War I. The call to the convention urged President Woodrow Wilson to help secure for American women the democratic rights which American soldiers were fighting to obtain for others. The delegates in Waco endorsed a federal suffrage amendment and wired President Wilson, urging his support. Minnie Fisher Cunningham, in spite of her protests, was reelected president. A $30,000 budget was adopted, six times that of the previous year. The new budget called for a state headquarters , a staff of thirteen, including a field secretary and organizers, and funds for a speakers bureau and a large quantity of campaign literature. The struggle for the cause had finally become a sophisticated political campaign. DOCUMENT* CALL TO THE SEVENTH CONVENTION OF THE TEXAS EQUAL SUFFRAGE ASSOCIATION To BE HELD IN WACO MAY 15, 16, 17, 1917. This is the call to the Annual Convention of the Texas Equal Suffrage Association. Our times are troubled with wars and rumors of wars! Our hearts are saddened at the certainty that some of us, nay many of us, must suffer bitter losses before the dove of peace again comes to rest upon the banners of the nations of the world! The call comes: To see beyond the present to a future when, before the nations of the world shall again unfurl their battle flags, the voices of the Mothers of the Nations, upon whom falls the ultimate price of war, shall be heard in National Councils; To let hope lift up our saddened hearts and whisper in our cannon- *From: "Call to the Seventh Convention of the Texas Woman Suffrage Association, May 12-14,1917," Jane Y. McCallum Family Papers, Austin History Center, Austin Public Library. 146 DOCUMENTS 147 deafened ears of a time when peace shall reign because we shall have established "Just Governments derived their power from the consent of the Governed;" To lay aside for a few days the work of our hands and come together in council, and to again reiterate the undying truth that there is no more important duty before America than the enfranchisement of her women, and particularly now when she goes forth to do battle in the sacred name of Liberty. President Wilson said in his message to Congress: "There are, it may be, many months of fiery trial and sacrifice ahead of us. It is a fearful thing to lead this great peaceful country into war, into the most terrible and disastrous of all wars, civilization itself seeming to be in the balance, but the fight is more precious than peace, and we shall fight for the things which we have always carried nearest our hearts—for democracy, for the right of those who submit to authority to have a voice in their own governments, for the rights and liberties of small nations, for a universal domination of right by such a concert of free people as shall bring peace and safety to all nations and make the world itself at last free." He cannot have penned these words, "for the right of those who submit to authority to have a voice in their own governments," with ought a thought of the women of America so long asking for that very right. And when he acclaims it the highest right of all he puts the seal of his approval upon our Cause as he has done so often before! This call, then is indeed a "Call to the Colors,"—a call to the Suffragists of Texas to gather and plan how we can best help our country to live up to the ideals of a government of, for and by the people, so that when we preach Democracy to the rest of the world it will be by practice as well as precept; so that when we proclaim a government by the consent of the people, there will be no mental reservation toward the women people which may cause a smile of derision and make our message of less value to the world. Russia contemplates Universal Suffrage. France plans to enfranchise her women at an early date. The vote for the English women is sure and is advocated by their erstwhile bitterest enemy, Mr. Asquith. Canada has seen province after province give the women the vote with magical rapidity. Even in Mexico the province of Yucatan has...

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ISBN
9781623493684
Related ISBN
9781623493653
MARC Record
OCLC
954671611
Pages
268
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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