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"Correspondence, 1910", Item 008

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[letterhead] Equal Suffrage League of Virginia President, Lila Meade Valentine, Richmond, VA First Vice-President, Mrs. Charles V. Meredith Second Vice-President, Miss Mary Johnston Third Vice-President, Miss Ellen Glasgow Treasurer, Mrs. E.G. Kidd Recording Secretary Mrs. G.M. Smithdeal Corresponding Secretary, Mrs. Alice M. Tyler State Headquarters, 800 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA

Since the establishment of new headquarters for the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia, at #800 East Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia, an active campaign that will extend through the approaching winter, has been entered upon by the League. This campaign aims to effect State wide organization, consequently, the first annual Suffrage Convention will be held in Richmond, December 1, 1911. At the convention there will be full representation from branch leagues established at Norfolk, Lynchburg, Williamsburg and other points throughout the State, a full discussion of public questions of interest and importance and the relations of these questions to the welfare and future development of women.

A bill, asking the legislature of Virginia to amend the State Constitution so as to grant women the right to vote, will be introduced at the next meeting of the General Assembly, by Hon. Hill Montague of Richmond. It will be approved and furthered by Speaker Richard Evelyn Byrd.

Supporting and encouraging the women in their work is a Men's League for Women's Suffrage, recently organized in Richmond, with a membership of fully fifty thoughtful and representative citizens on its roll; with Dr. Roy K. Flannagan as its president, Dr. Douglas S. Freeman, Dr. J.T. Mastin, Hon. Wyndham Meredith and Mr. B.B. Valentine among its strongly avowed supporters.

The League has recently indorsed [sic] the movement made by the elementary teachers of the Richmond Public Schools to secure increased pay. It is joining hands with all organizations that have for their object the legal, industrial and moral advancement of humanity. It has received the indorsement [sic] of the State Federation of Labor, the Farmers' Cooperation and Educational Alliance and many other important bodies.

Through space granted in the columns of the Virginia papers it has the additional hope of presenting its work and purpose fairly to men and women of the Commonwealth who make together - the people - recognized as a just and impartial tribunal for the decision of momentous issues.