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The following is a letter which has been signed by leading suffragists in different Southern States and forwarded to each Southern Governor.
"My dear Governor: The undersigned women of the Southern States, on the part of the suffragists of their respective States, earnestly request the Governors of the Southern States or their representatives, to meet them in conference in New Orleans, Nov. 10-11 to discuss and adopt a uniform plan of action for the adoption of woman suffrage in the South. We are united in the belief that suffrage is a State right and that the power to define a State's electorate should remain in the exclusive right of the State. However, we recognize that woman suffrage is no longer a theory to be debated but a condition to be met. The inevitable "votes for women" is a world movement. and unless the South squarely faces the issue and takes steps to preserve the State right, the force of public opinion will make it mandatory through a National Constitutional Amendment. "In fact the National Council of Voters, consisting of enfranchised women, has for its object the influencing of national legislation to secure the ballot for the women who have not yet received it. While as Southerners we wish to see the power of the State retained, yet as women we are equally determined to secure as of paramount importance the right which is the birthright of an American citizen. We therefore appeal to you gentlemen vested with the power to so largely shape conditions, to confer with us and influence public opinion to adopt woman suffrage through state action. Failing to accomplish this, the onus of responsibility will rest upon the men of the South. If Southern women are forced to support a national amendment, weighted with the same objections as the Fifteenth Amendment. Hoping for an early and favorable response: (Signed) Mrs. Solon H. Jacobs, Birmingham, Ala. President Alabama Equal Suffrage Association. Mrs. Alice Ellington, Little Rock, Ark., President Little Rock Political Equality League. Mrs. Chester Jennings, Little Rock, Ark. President Little Rock Political Equality League. Mrs. Helen Rand Tindell, Washington, D.C. Mrs. Mary F. McLendon, Atlanta, Ga. President Georgia Equal Suffrage League. Mrs. Desha Breckenridge, Lexington, Ky. President Kentucky Equal Rights Association. Miss Laura Clay, Lexington, Ky. Secretary Kentucky Equal Rights Association. Mrs. Sarah Clay Bennett, Richmond, Ky. Mrs. Mary B.Clay, Richmaon, Ky. Miss Kate Gordon, New Orleans, President Louisana State Suffrage Association. Miss Florence Leeber, New Orleans, President Era Club of New Orleans.