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President's Message: Thoughts on State Council 2006 (Sue Irvine)
Florida League Takes on Frightening Legislation (Mary Anne Raywid)
Why Don't More Good Candidates Run? (Carol Bain)
Violence Prevention Committee to Meet (Suzanne Meisenzahl)
Helene Hale's Legacy (David Shapiro)
Legislative Report (Jean Aoki)
League Goals and Objectives (Jackie Parnell)
National Convention
Fate of Full Public Funding of Campaigns (Kory Payne)
Women's Suffrage (Jean Aoki)
Chapter Reports - Honolulu (Piilani Kaopuiki)
Chapter Reports - Kauai
Chapter Reports: Hawaii (Marianna Scheffer)

Women's Suffrage

1920

In celebration of the League's 75th birthday, the December, 1995 issue of The Massacusetts Voter quoted a Women's Anti-Suffrage Association of Massachusetts ad attempting to defeat ratification of the 19th mendment. Wrote Mrs. John Balch, President and Mrs. Charles P. Strong, Secretary of the Massachusetts group, "There are 53,000 more women than men of voting age in Massachusetts. DO NOT place the government of this State under the control of an inexperienced feminine majority. VOTE NO ON WOMAN SUFFERAGE [sic] November 2, 1915."

Adds Jean Aoki, who found this item in some papers she was going through, "When I think of the time and effort invested in achieving suffrage for all women in America by a group of women who convened formally in Seneca Falls in New York in June of 1848 to hammer out a resolution that was to culminate 72 years later in the 19th amendment to the Constitution of the United States, I despair that so many women are not taking advantage of this right to vote. The 19th amdenment simply states, "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of Sex.

Jean Aoki
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