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"Correspondence, May 1916", Item 003

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National American Woman Suffrage Association Headquarters: 171 Madison Avenue, New York New York, May 10, 1916. Dear Sir, The Democratic Party holds as one of its principles that "governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed." In order that this theory may become a fact the suffragists of this country will ask the Democratic Party to include in its platform a plank endorsing woman suffrage. Since 1912, Oregon, Arizona, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, have become full suffrage states and Illinois has granted to women municipal suffrage and the right to vote for President. Last November four Eastern States -- New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, voted on woman suffrage. While the Amendments were lost the "yes" vote in these states was over one million. The exact total "yes" vote was 1,234,470. Women now help to determine 91 electoral votes: 22 U.S. Senators and 67 Representatives. The suffrage states cover nearly half our territory. The leaders of your party today are men who believe in equal suffrage. Woodrow Wilson, Wm. J. Bryan, Champ Clark, Newton D. Baker, Wm. G. McAdoo, Wm. C. Redfield, Wm. B. Wilson, have all announced their advocacy of the enfranchisement of women. Woman Suffrage is coming. No one denies it. We ask you to join in the St. Louis Convention to support the suffrage plank. Very truly yours, Carrie Chapman Catt PRESIDENT.