Roanoke PETITION IN BEHALF OF EQUAL SUFFRAGE PRESENTED BY WHEREAS- in the One Hundred twenty-six years of national life of America, no class of man has been forced to organize a movement in behalf of their own enfranchisement. However, American women have been forced to organize and conduct a persistent and intelligent movement, for more than half a century, for this enfranchisement, which movement has grown stronger with the years.
WHEREAS- twelve states now give women EQUAL enfranchisement with men. Illinois gives Presidential and Municipal suffrage. More than four million women are fully enfranchised and entitled to vote in this Presidential election. These thirteen states extending this right have a total of ninety-one electoral votes. Iowa is to hold her election in June before the Convention. Also- in twenty states women have municipal suffrage, totaling thirty-three states in which women have a voice in the government.
WHEREAS- in Virginia there are twelve thousand enrolled suffragists. In Roanoke City there are largely over one thousand suffragists who have enrolled in the city leagues. The majority of these are voters in the city of Roanoke.
WHEREAS- BE IT RESOLWED- That we, the Roanoke suffragists petition you - the duly elected delegates to the State Convention representing the city of Roanoke - Roanoke county - and elsewhere, to consider Equal Suffrage and lend your influence to the end that a plank for Equal Suffrage may be incorporated in the State platform of the Democratic Party, as well as the National Democratic Party when the Convention assembles in St. Louis on June 14th.
BE IT RESOLVED further that we pray that the hand of the Almighty may direct your deliberations at the state convention, to the end that Justice may wear a more resplendent jewel in her diadem, represented by a declaration of the right that equal suffrage for men and women should prevail.
RESOLVED- that we present you with a suffrage Map for your careful consideration, that you may be convinced that equal suffrage is a fact and cannot be long denied.