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NORFOLK LEDGER DISPATCH-FRID [written on side of page] March 19 1920 WOMAN'S VAR Virginia Suffragists To Have Citizenship Education Campaign Mrs. Townsend Tells Of The Work Done At National Convention
Mrs. Jessie Townsend, vice-president of the Virginia State Equal suffrage league, one of the few Virginians who attended the nation suffrage convention just closed at Chicago, gave an interesting talk before the Norfolk Equal Suffrage League at its March session in the Young Women's Christian Association Today. Mrs. Townsend described the convention as the greatest event in the history of the suffrage organization. "To see those 2,000 prominent women from forty eight states gathered together in the gold room of the Congress hotel and to not their dignified hearing, their intellectual faces and their earnest manner, was a truly inspiring sight," she declared. This was the fifty first convention of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Long before the convention was over, the organization was merged in that of the league of women voters, members of both organization agreeing that in view of the triumph of enfranchisement now practically assured, there was no further need of a suffrage league, but vital need for a tremendous organization to teach women citizenship. Accordingly, ten regional directors were appointed under Mrs. Maud Wood Park, of Massachusetts, now president of the league of Women Voters, with Mrs. Carrie Chapman Catt, honorary president. The Virginia league will be under the direction of the southern regional director, Miss Delia Dortch, of Tennessee, and a full program of "citizenship" will be started immediately.