Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mothers' Day - Mother on Election Day - Postcard 1909 - 1912

Happy Mothers' Day!

This card doesn't have direct ties to British Columbia but the theme seems doubly appropriate here as it's Mothers' Day today and Election Day for British Columbians on Tuesday this week.

Coloured postcard, private collection. Election Day, Suffragette Series No 7, Dunstan-Weiler Lithograph Co. 1909. Her ribbon says 'District Captainess 23rd Dist'.

Postmarked: Canton Ohio Jun 6 1912 7-PM
Addressed to: Mrs. D. Moore 1614. N. High St Columbus Ohio
Dear Mother: This will be in 10 yrs when the women vote,
oh! you poor men, Ina

In 1912, Ohio voters turned down a state amendment that would have allowed women to vote, but Ina and her mum didn't have to wait quite 10 years as Ina predicted until they could vote.

Although most of Ohio's national representatives voted against the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution which prohibited each of the states and the federal government from denying any citizen the right to vote because of that citizen's sex, the Amendment was ratified, August 18, 1920.

Ohio state representatives did then pass the Amendment, and Ohio was the fifth state to ratify the 19th Amendment.


Nineteenth Amendment, Ohio History Central:
Women Working for the Right to Vote, Ohio Secretary of State:

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