Gentleman of the Tidewater Ministerial Association: - I feel I have taken my courage in my hand to presume to come before you, but the need of the hour demands courage in those who have the vision, and you will grant me, I know, that the women who worked for suffrage had the full vision of the power of woman's vote in the ballot box, added to her ever present personal influence which she by no me and need sacrifice. My vision included the power of the Ministry over the good women of their various congregations. I say this from personal experiences because I myself for 25 years was a secretary of a missionary society, and know that my rule of life and my opinions were formed entirely by the preaching I sat under, and a word from my Pastor for a or against anything was sufficient unto me. In this I was only one of the majority of the women members of the Church. My courage has been aroused to appeal to you because here and there one or more women from every Church in this Ministerial association has appealed to us to rouse the women of her neighborhood, some even saying if only our pastor approved I could get the women to listen and learn. Women are so timid about voting, so conscious of knowing nothing about politics, so fearful of the dirty mire of which they have been warned. They repeat like parrots "Politics is mens business", not having the slightest idea what politics really means. Even a W.C.T.U. worker told me she was willing to leave the voting to her husband. She had worked for Prohibition for 40 years, she said and repeated with intense sorrow the many stories now circulation as to lack of enforcement of the law, and yet she could not see that the lack of her vote and the votes of thousands more such short visioned women in the ballot box will keep goo men who would enforce the law out of office. A word from that woman's pastor, concerning her duty to add now her ballot to her 40 years of work and prayer, would open her understanding and when she had wakened thoroughly she would be a power to go out and awaken others and see the ballot box of her ward full votes for the best man. I say good women are timid and backward about voting because conscious of their ignorance on political questions of all kinds and their unwillingness to cast their vote simply ask a male relative or friend may direct. Instinctively they see no need of being a rubber stamp. Most of us have not been able to get satisfactory answers to our questions from our male relative. Often we find he is perfectly willint to be a rubber stamp, even counts that his greatest asset. "My Father was a Democrat, My grandfather was a Democrat and I have always voted to straight ticket" is the proud boast of my. On the other hand our relative may be one who, thought not willing to be a rubber Stamp, declares his lack of interest as a virtue and a credit to him. So we woman are thrown back on to other resources.