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Mrs. G. Monroe, of Topeka, Kansas, writes Governor John Martin, also of Topeka, requesting he veto a bill that would give women equal suffrage in municipal elections. Monroe claims women do not want additional rights and suggests that women should not participate in political affairs. The author claims to speak for thousands of women, and states that [white] women do not want to vote with women of other races. Women in Kansas appear to have overwhelmingly supported the bill and Governor Martin did sign it. Women did not achieve full suffrage in Kansas until 1912. As this letter demonstrates, many people considered women's suffrage in light of issues of race, immigration, and prohibition. See Frances Elizabeth Willard to Governor John Martin, March 13, 1888.
Creator: Monroe, Mrs. G.
Date: February 11, 1887
Item Number: 207970
Call Number: Governor's Records, Martin, Box 30 Folder 2
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 207970
Collections - State Archives - Governor's Records - Martin, John Alexander
Date - 1880s - 1887
Government and Politics - Local Government - Municipal
Government and Politics - Reform and Protest - Suffrage - Blacks
Government and Politics - Reform and Protest - Suffrage - Women
Government and Politics - Reform and Protest - Women's rights
Government and Politics - State Government - Governors
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Letter
People - Notable Kansans - Martin, John Alexander, 1839-1889
People - Notable Kansans - Monroe, Mrs. G.
Places - Cities and towns - Topeka
Places - Counties - Shawnee
Thematic Time Period - Age of Reform, 1880 - 1917
Type of Material - Unpublished documents - Letters