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"Correspondence, May 1916", Item 005

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National American Woman Suffrage Association Headquarters: 171 Madison Avenue, New York New York, May 10, 1916 Dear Sir, At its first National Convention in Chicago, August 7, 1912, the Progressive Party adopted the following plank in its platform: "The Progressive Party, believing that no people can justly claim to be a true democracy which denies political rights on account of sex, pledges itself to the task of securing equal suffrage to men and women alike." 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 larger than that polled by the Progressive candidate for President in 1912. The 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 Progressive Party has made woman suffrage one of its principles. We therefore ask you to vote for a reaffirmation of the suffrage plank in your platform in June, 1916. Very truly yours, Carrie Chapman Catt PRESIDENT.