To the editor:
As a historian who has recently authored a book on the history of women’s suffrage, I appreciated the article in the Journal-World on the subject (Nov. 4). However, there are two important points absent from the article.
First, on March 30, 2012, the Kansas Legislature honored these women in their passage of the Kansas Angels at Sunset Centennial (House Resolution 6020). Because of my intense pressure for such passage, they named the resolution after the title of my book on suffrage.
Second, here are a few facts omitted form your article. In 1867, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and many others took a trek through Kansas to win support for the women’s suffrage amendment. Actually, there were two amendments proposed at that time — women’s suffrage and Negro suffrage. Women suffragists supported both amendments but emphasized women’s suffrage. Unfortunately, both amendments failed.
In 1894, women such as Carrie Chapman Catt (who would later head the National American Women Suffrage Association) ran ads and gave speeches throughout the state of Kansas. That amendment also failed to pass.
In 1910, Catherine Hoffman, the president of the Kansas Equal Suffrage Association, along with her officers set up headquarters at the Kansas State Historical Society. They worked tirelessly through a legislative committee and, with the support of Gov. Stubbs, the amendment was introduced in 1912 and passed that same year.
I just wanted to share the above points with you.