James, Ada Lois, 1876-1952 / Ada James papers, correspondence, 1912, Dec. 24-31, 
Wis Mss OP, Box 17, Folder 4 ([unpublished])
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Advocates of Woman Suffrage may well point to 1911 as the banner year in the history of the movement. Two important States granted complete franchise rights to women, and the use they immediately made of it gave an impetus in other States too great to be estimated. The coming year promises even more in achievement. The past year has shown world-wide activity toward granting fall political rights to women, and the year 1912 will doubtless see their enfranchisement in more than one foreign country. Reports from South Africa are to the effect that Mrs. Carrie Chapman Catt, president of the International Woman Suf- frage Alliance, who is making a tour of the world, has aroused intense interest in the suffrage movemen,. there, and meetings are being held everywhere in her honor, presided over by promi- nent public officials. Dr. Augusta Stowe-Gullen, Honorary President of the Canadian Woman Suffrage Assn., was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the Dominion of Canada. She was also the first woman to serve on the school board of the city of Toronto, and was recently elected to serve on the Senate of Toronto University. Mrs. Ella Wilson, Mayor of H-unnewell, Kansas, after long and bitter opposition on the part of the members of the City Council, is now in control of municipal affairs, the coun- cilmen having been ousted by order of the Governor and Attorney- General of the State. Mrs. Gideon Prazer, of Tacoma, Wash., has the distinc- tion of serving on a jury with her husband. Mr. Frazer was the first juror drawn and Mrs. Frazer the sixth. It is said that for the first time in the history of Michigan, a woman, Miss Lary F. Hadrich, will act as private secretary to the Governor. She will take the place of Major Travis, who is to be made a member of the State Board of Pardons. Miss Mona Wilson, the first woman Insurance Commission- er appointed for England by the Government, is a daughter of Canon Wilson, of Worcester, formerly Archdeacon of Manchester and Head-master of Clifton. Miss Wilson has been engaged in ad- ministering the Trade Board Act with regard to the chain-making and box-making trades; she has served as a member of the Home Office Departmental Committee on Industrial Accidents, and has devoted her whole life to the problems of women's employment. Canon and Mrs. Wilson are towers of strength to the suffrage movement in England. Vore Boston women are registering this year than ever before, and it is believed that the candidacy of Yrs. Richard Y. Fitzgerald for the School Board is calling out the unusual number. Seven women and fourteen men have been selected by the nevly elected mayor of Santa Monica, California, R. H. Dow, to act as an Advisory Committee during his term of office. By a unanimous vote, the Illinois State Grange, at its recent annual meeting, put itself on record as favoring equal suffrage. The organization has a memership of 8,000. Princess Bariatinsky of RUesia, speaking of the femin- ist movement in her country, says: "The first step and the great- est was taken by Peter the Great. 1ie understood that his first task in breaking with the Oriental despotism of those days was to free woman, to educate her, and give her as high a social posi- tion as that of man. It was a revolution that needed a genius to accomplish successfully, a revolution like that in the first English home where the cry "Votes for Women" was raised. Peter the Great knew that he could only raise his country by raising its women, and all reformers who wanted to bring progress to Russia have seen that the way to progress was throogh the en- lightenment of women."
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