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Our Woodrow Wilson who grasped the great truth that real Democracy has no part nor lot with war. That is the altruistic in the extreme. It was he who realized governments need of womans special qualities & the terrible consequences to posterity if governments still continued to keep out of its momentous decisions those needed qualities. It was he who whipped the U. S. Senate into passing the Suffrage Amendment that had lain there seventy years. Va.'s great son failed her not in chivalry, true chivalry, which is the recognition of that quality in God's creation recounted in Genesis first chapter, 27th verse, "God man man male & female created he them & gave unto them dominion." And so, delegates to the convention, you who have come from the four corners of this great old state, to answer that clarion call, to waken women to their governments dire need for purified Democracy, to consult together how best to use our great opportunity, we gladly welcome you. Virginia's greatest seaport welcomes you! May our councils together result in better citizenship throughout the state, better laws & better enforcement; more efficient government & a higher class of public service. And now I want also to welcome to all our meetings those other fellow citizens, our men friends. The men who believed in us, trusted us, fought for us & have stood by us, sometimes it was friend husband, sometimes friend politician, but always one who understands, whose advice we seek, whose council we appreciate and whom we shall ever welcome into our midst. Jessie E. Townsend speech of welcome to convention Va. L. W. Voters May 1924