Religious and Social Aspect of the Suffrage Movement



Religious and Social Aspect of the Suffrage Movement


Essay, published in pamphlet form, which sets forth the religious and social foundations of the woman suffrage movement. The essay begins:

Page 1: "There is in the suffrage movement a religious element, a deep strain of spirituality and altruism, which gives it a peculiar moral significance, and fully justifies faith in its ultimate vindication."

Page 4: "The Christian world is awakening as never before to its social duties. Followers of Christ are becomming more keenly alive to the necessity for social service if His teachings are really to regenerate and redeem mankind. The terms "social betterment" and "social uplift" are daily becoming more familiar."

Page 14: "Under our present chaotic and unequal state of affairs, it is the duty of  each individual to earnestly seek the causes and resulting in the flagrant abuses and wrongs going on about us, and to expend every effort in their re-adjustment. This should be as fully a part of our religion as the performance of any other obligation, and it is with just such a spirit that women all over the world have thrown heart and soul into the suffrage cause, believing that it is one of the forst steps towards a more equitable arrangement of society."

Page 19: "Let us awake to the needs of the world about us, to a sense of our individual responsibility in meeting those needs, and to our opportunities for serving God and man."

Pamphlet printed by Caplon Printing Co., Richmond, Virginia


Mason, Lucy R.


M 9 Box 52, Adèle Goodman Clark papers, 1849-1978, James Branch Cabell Library, VCU Libraries


Equal Suffrage League of Virginia, Richmond, VA


Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, VCU Libraries


This item is in the public domain. Acknowledgement of the Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries as a source is requested.


Learn more: 
Suffrage in the South: The Poll Tax, Social Welfare History Project
Suffrage in the South Part II: The One Party System, Social Welfare History Project


Mason, Lucy R., “Religious and Social Aspect of the Suffrage Movement,” Social Welfare History Image Portal, accessed December 3, 2021,