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Women Appeal for a Suffrage Amendment (with text supports)

Some suffrage activists were disappointed that the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution did not include women’s right to vote. Susan B. Anthony and others formed the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA), based in Washington, D.C., to pressure Congress to pass a constitutional amendment that would guarantee women the right to vote. In 1876, the N.W.S.A. sent this appeal to hundreds of local groups, calling for a large petition drive to build support in Congress for the amendment. Two years later, Senator Aaron Sargent of California, a friend of Anthony’s, introduced a women’s suffrage amendment. Within four years, both the Senate and House of Representatives had formed “special committees” on women’s suffrage.

Source | National Woman Suffrage Association, “Appeal for a Sixteenth Amendment,” 10 November 1876, (Washington, D.C.: National Archives).
Creator | National Woman Suffrage Association
Item Type | Pamphlet/Petition
Cite This document | National Woman Suffrage Association, “Women Appeal for a Suffrage Amendment (with text supports),” SHEC: Resources for Teachers, accessed September 25, 2023,

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