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20 [handwritten:] Times Dispatch Sunday June 20, 1915 [newspaper clipping:[WOMEN FALL OUT OVER SUFFRAGE QUESTION Local League "Disclaims Responsibility" for Work of Congressional Union. MISS PERRY EXPLAINS OBJECTS Organizations Are Rivals, One Fighting for Suffrage by Amendment to Federal Constitution, and Other by State Enactment. The recently organized Congressional Union of Virginia - an organization formed for the purpose of pushing the Susan B. Anthony amendment to the Constitution granting suffrage to women - has brought down from Washington a professional organizer, Miss Emily K. Perry, to stir up interest in the work. Miss Perry, who is a Virginian, arrived yesterday and began immediately a strenuous campaign, the first move of which was a street meeting last night on the corner of Fifth and Broad Streets. Miss Perry explains the reasons for her coming to Virginia as follows: "I feel that in coming here to Virginia and talking about an amendment to the United States Constitution I am far from infringing on any right of the State: rather, I am calling to the attention of Virginia, one of the oldest and most important States in the Union, to her inalienable right and privilege of changing the Constitution in the framing of which she had so large a part, at any time she so desires. I have come to Richmond to try to help the splendid Virginia women among you make you want an amendment to the Constitution as quickly as possible."
MISS PERRY IS GUEST OF MRS. CHARLES V. MEREDITH Miss Perry is the guest in Richmond of Mrs. Charles V. Meredith [Sophie Gooding Rose Meredith], and will accompany her in the deputation to call on Congressman A. J. Montague at an early date. She will also assist at the open-air meetings to be held in Richmond and will help organize the Virginia branch of the Congressional Union. Miss Perry states that she is not here to in any way interfere with or handicap the State work; on the other hand, she says: "I feel so very strongly the great benefit this campaign for Federal work is bound to be to the Virginia woman suffrage campaign. Every bit of suffrage and activity helps rather than hinders, and the wonderful enthusiasm that Federal work has met with at every public meeting held throughout the State is propaganda in itself."
SUFFRAGE LEAGUE DISCLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY On the other hand, the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia has disclaimed all responsibility for the Congressional Union, and announced that that body and its aims are "diametrically opposed" to the objects of the President of the United States at a [erroneous line break in article] dorses the action taken at a recent National American Woman Suffrage Association in condemning the action of the Congressional Union in attempting to force an interview on the President of the United States as at a most inopportune time. In literature sent out by the local league yesterday it is stated that "this organization (the Congressional Union) is in no way connected with the great body of suffragists, but is a new organization with methods and policies diametrically opposite to those of the national association." The action of the Congressional Union is deprecated, and the league "disclaims any responsibility for or sympathy with the same." The Equal Suffrage League of Virginia is bending every effort at this time to securing signatures on a petition to the State Legislature requesting that body to submit to the qualified voters for ratification an amendment to the Constitution of Virginia giving suffrage to women.
[separate clipping:] Richmond Suffragettes [text underneath sticker] read with surprise and [with] some degree of shock of a recent meeting held by the suffragettes of Richmond on the street corner, and over which the wife of one of the leading lawyers of the city presided. Of course no one will deny the right of the women to assemble in doors or out doors to prosecute the cause which seems to be so near their hearts; but the shock of this meeting was born of the fact that though held in the one time capital city of the Confederacy and still of Virginia, that during the proceedings a vigorous and something of a venemous attack was made upon President Wilson and threats made to drive the gifted Montague from the political arena unless he should come to terms. True these attacks were led by women from other States, and yet were not promptly rebuked by women of Virginia. Think if you can what result would follow should the women of this South land succeed in driving from office such leaders of the Democracy hosts as are [Woodrow Wilson] and Andrew Jackson Montague. Born as they were in Democratic households, reared under Democratic influence, it is but natural that they would preserve some semblance of the time honored doctrine of State rights. They are both on record as referring to the several States the question of woman's suffrage, rather than to the federal government, just as they are on the subject of prohibition. - Appomattox Times-Virginian
Mr. Montague and the Woman. Former Governor A. J. Montague, who represents the Third Virginia District in the Congress of the United States, has made a sensible reply, we think to the suffragists who recently called upon him and requested him to vote for the proposed amendment to the Constitution of the United States giving the ballot to women as well as to men. - Newport News Press [handwritten:] Journal June 30
[separate clipping:] Virginia--or Wyoming? To the Editor of The Times-Dispatch: Sir, - In your issue of July 2 "Piedmont" [says] "Do you know how many thousand women are working in the factories of the State? Do you know how many women there are in the cabins and shacks of the mountains who are even worse off" because they have no votes? May I ask "Piedmont" does he know how many thousand men are working in factories in the State and living in the same cabins, shacks, etc.? All these men have votes. Do they revel in luxuries denied to the women in the same cabins, shacks, etc.? "Piedmont" also says the ballot will enable women "to grow as men grow (?) and mother a better race of men than we now know of"! In Wyoming the women have had this magic ballot for much more than a generation. Does he assert that the women of Wyoming are superior to the women of Virginia? Can he prove that the men they have "mothered" are better and finer than the men of Virginia? Then, let him name just one great statesman, or soldier, or teacher, or minister, or poet, or author, or artist, or musician, or scientist, or sociologist, or philanthropist, who was born in Wyoming. When he has done this, perhaps The Times-Dispatch, from its cautious, but inglorious, position on the fence, may review the list of men and women that Virginia has produced since 1869. In 1869 Virginia was still ravaged and exhausted from the great war, and in 1869 young, lusty Wyoming received the inestimable boon of female suffrage. A. V. W. Richmond, July 2, 1915 [handwritten:] Times Dispatch July 4 - 1915