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James, Ada Lois, 1876-1952 / Ada James papers, correspondence, 1912, Dec. 24-31, [1912]
Wis Mss OP, Box 17, Folder 4 ([unpublished])

[Press release surrounding the National American Woman Suffrage Association] PDF (672.1 KB)


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women over the Shafroth resolution has e en very nmuch li1ke trying to
organize a tcrch-li-ir7ýit  r     half off 'proporional reperse-4ation'
or the establisKr~qent of regionial reser-e baoo s. They are all good tunes
but they are not the tunes you march to.
"Under the circun-stances, t"he Conrescional Comnittee has had
two
courses before it. The Conmmittee couil set out 3'efinitely - regardles
of the time, trcney anf eniergy ivolvedl - to set before the women of the
country the real siwnifi-ance of the Slafr-oth resoIution and what we
believe to I e its he lful an- conutributory re'lationship to the older and
broader am-meld-et. The second course ass to leave that ork pretty much
to time ani the logic of events. As at cresert constituted the Com-ittee
believes that the latter is the .Viser course. The Shafroth amen'dment
came into existence to meet deetain definite yclitical needs, and when
the women of the country see thoce needsF for themselves and out of their
own experience, they will k=rno whether the- wasnt it. or not. T-ey have
never really rati feb, tI ~ S'v7frUth ao i ~ lt thoueh they have stool by
the Committee very hailsooe~y ano e,--tsnil entre confidence in its
ability anl its spiri    Thile the preset Committee goes out of exist-
ence next Decem'ber a-i ca  t, of couise, sneak for its successor, we
wish to make piraiu our feel ela: that the hafroth, shoulo.l not be introdluced
until the wvomen of the co u-1try are satisfied that they have gone as far
as they can go in pas.hing the S usan D. Anthony Amrendment.."
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