Educator and reformer Frances Elizabeth Willard of Evanston, Illinois, writes Governor John Martin of Topeka, Kansas, requesting information on the effect the woman's vote in municipal elections has had on enforcing prohibition. Miss Willard's letter follows a newly enacted Kansas law giving women equal suffrage in municipal elections (1887). Willard is specifically interested in the relation between the woman's vote and the election of effective enforcing officers. Women did not achieve full suffrage in Kansas until 1912. As this letter demonstrates, the women's suffrage issue was closely associated with prohibition. Miss Willard was president of the Woman's National Christian Temperance Union. See Mrs. G. Monroe to Governor John Martin, February 11, 1887.
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