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37 Jane Y. McCallum's Account of the Movement Jane Y. McCallum of Austin, suffrage leader, author and mother of five children, served as publicist of the Texas campaign. McCallum also became the movement's unofficial historian. She collected material from the Texas leaders and later shared it with the first historians to research the state suffrage movement, including Willie D. Bowles and A. Elizabeth Taylor. Excerpts from one of McCallum's diaries and her short history of the suffrage fight in Texas are revealing accounts from a leading participant. DOCUMENT* DIARY June 12, 1918 This pretends to be something of a diary it seems, from glancing over it, and yet the occurrences of real historic value that have not even been referred to! Why, Texas women are voters now; I helped lobby to make it possible ; wrote-Mr. Metcalf (our leader in the house) declares most effectively to make it possible and was present when Gov. Hobby signed the bill. Others present were Mrs. Cunningham, of course. Mrs. Doom. Mrs. Metcalf Mr. Metcalf and Captain Sackett. The silver embossed pen was presented Mrs. C—bless her heart—she certainly deserved a crown. I've been writing about primary suffrage so much— making so many speeches— yes think of it—speeches on suffrage, Hobby etc and trying so many things out that when time to write comes I am exhausted —as now. . . . Juneteenth 1918 Tomorrow paper day, have been sick with cold; got breakfast; worked all morning in outskirts explaining registering & voting to those poor, poverty stricken women. Pretty good success. Been sewing all aft. on *From: Jane Y. McCallum, "Diaries/' Jane Y. McCallum Family Papers, Austin History Center, Austin Public Library. 199 200 CITIZENS AT LAST After Texas women won the right to vote, Jane Y. McCallum organized the Women's Joint Legislative Council, popularly called "the Petticoat Lobby," to drive a program of social reform through the state legislature. (Courtesy Betty Jane McCallum, Austin.) DOCUMENTS 201 K's dress. How am I to get a magazine article off that I have been asked to write. Tomorrow last day and not a line. Hobby Club meeting in A.M. Conference with Mrs. C. before—then work for paper. And I'm so hot and tired—tired. Sat June 29, 1918 Attained my majority at last, thank you, registered to vote 6th of Travis Co. women at about 7.45 on June 26th. We had a lot of fun. I seem to be always getting up and going down. Made three speeches for Hobby and the rest in three consecutive days. 1st at Confederate Woman's Home where we had to out-wit Miss Dafin, 2nd at GoValle where the women are fine. 3rd about 30 miles at Mr. Haynor 6 miles beyond Dripping Springs in a regular Ferguson den. Before I commenced speaking there seemed to be a million people—guess there really were hundreds—full, and they treated me beautifully—laughed at my jokes and applauded frequently, but never in my life did I see any one heckled and treated as Mr. Yeiser when he finished his hour & 40 minute talk. They claim we made hosts of converts. Could write a dozen pages about it. Some experience. Sat. July 7, 1918 Doing organizing, sending "Women in Politics" to paper nearly every day besides Sunday. And speaking & 'phone'phone'phone—company —oh Gee! Last Tuesday spoke at High S. at 4:30—to Confederate Veterans at 7:00. Spent Wed aft. at Court house where women registering . Thursday did paper work and lived in a cyclone until left to speak at school house beyond Del Valle at 8 o'clock. Got home not until 2:00 next morning and I had to break & refuse engagements until I've just this minute promised to go to Manor tonight. Tuesday July 9,1918 Thank the good Lord that the last entry in this book means so much for good honest government. An S.O.S. call came from Miss Blanton for funds; Mrs. A. Caswell Ellis & I went to San Antonio yesterday to see Col. Brackenridge & he saw that we returned with a check from Miss Eleanor for a cool $1000°°!! Sat. July 20, 1918 Just got last batch of ballots off to community meeting. As chairman, appointed sub-chairman in each yard who in turn appointed neigh- 202 CITIZENS AT LAST borhood chairmen. This last group we call together and explain to them the ins and outs of voting and tell them why...


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