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This article from an unidentified newspaper describes how, shortly after gaining universal suffrage, Kansas women were eager to use their votes to benefit society. In particular it discusses the latest Women's Kansas Day Club meeting, which had the largest attendance on record. This club, which often met to discuss ways to preserve Kansas's heritage, now spent more time "look[ing] to the present and the future." While men's political meetings focused on parties and affiliations, these women focused on the "humanizing of society," including how they could use their votes to protect the home, reform state laws that treated women unjustly, and provide stronger educational opportunities for children. The article includes summaries of speeches by several leading Kansas women, as well as information about their work for preserving the history of Kansas.

Date: January 30, 1913

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This source is an excellent example of how women were eager to use their votes to reform society, linking them to the Progressive movement more broadly. It also illustrates that these women took their newfound political power very seriously; it provides specific examples of the reforms that these women supported.

KS:7th:4.1:Women's Suffrage (2005)

Item Number: 211216
Call Number: K 040 M751 v. 2, Lilla Day Monroe Scrapbook
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 211216

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