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James, Ada Lois, 1876-1952 / Ada James papers, correspondence, 1912, Dec. 24-31, [1912]
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[Press release surrounding the National American Woman Suffrage Association] PDF (672.1 KB)


Press Bureau                                Released on Receipt.
N. A. W. S. A.
505 FIFTH AVE.
NEW YORK CITY.
New York, November --. The full text of the resolution given out by
the National Board of the National American Woman Suffrage Association
regarding the much discussed question of reintroducing the Shafroth
resolution in the Sixty-fourth Congress reads as follows:
"The National Board of the National American Woman Suff-
rage Association, following its custom of forty-five years,
has instructed the National Congressional Committee to re-
introduce the Susan B. Anthony Amendment in the Sixty-fourth
Consreos. The last annual convention of the National Associa-
tion instructel the Board and the Congressional Committee to
pursue work on the Shafroth resolution, but owing to the mis-
conceptions of an-T opposition to the Shafroth amendment on
the part of many affiliated organizations, the National Board
is unw,,Jilling to take the responsibility of reintroducing the
Shafroth amendment in the Sixty-fourth Congress and considers
it advisable to lea-e to the annual convention the decision
as to whether or not the S hafroth amnendment shall be continued
as a subsiduary measure of legislation."
The Board also gave out the following letter from liMlrs. Medill
McCormick, chairman of the Congressional Committee, reviewing the
National's experience with the Shafroth resolution:
"For forty-five years, the National American Woman Suffrage Asso-
ciaton has beern fightP.go for the Fedleral Amendment which would give the
women of the whole country the right to vote and put an end to the long
and weariome state campaigns. Oing to solitical and social conditions
that ameninent has progvressed but slowly. Two years ago the Congressional
Committee of the Iational Aossociatlon evolved the Shafroth amendment as
a 'pathbrearer' for the Susan P. A11,hovy amendrnent. The Shafroth was in-
tendeJ - to giý!e uýc         aia- m s-k and thus cnable us
more quickly to secure
the broad P d-i ...ra. .'Itenb.lnent which we all want anid for which we
are all
working.'
117 71  Sa  ,-Il T-h ýz Ant  ci 1  it  -&-.fiki y  d '  interested
constitut~~io. la;yers ani prblic racn mnuh more keenly than it has in-
terestel t>e. woren. Among wur on people it has won intellectual con-
verts but ery 2e~w emotional con-ertc.  It is much easier to silence the
critic in debate th an it Js to inspire real allegiance to it. This is
because tbe. ShaCy'oth resolution is an intricate ri-cl-c of legislation.
After all, you" know, wo en are not very different from men in their
relish for siiolse issues an1 simmre slogans. Trying to enthuse our


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