Virginia Suffrage News, vol. 1, no. 1, October 1, 1914



Virginia Suffrage News, vol. 1, no. 1, October 1, 1914


First issue of the Virginia Suffrage News, a monthly newspaper published by the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia. 

From masthead p. 4
Alice Overbey Taylor, Managing Editor
Mr.s G. Harvey Clarke (Mary Pollard Clarke), Editor-in-Chief 
Contributing Editors: 
Mrs. Kate Waller Barrett
Mrs. Kate Langley Bosher
Mrs. Emma Speed Sampson
Miss Mary Johnston
Mr. Carter Wormeley
Mrs. Sally Nelson Robins
Miss Cally Ryland 

The lead article is "W. J. Bryan, Secretary of State, Declares for Woman Suffrage" 

Foreword message from Lila Meade Valentine, President of the ESL of Virginia (p. 1)

"The movement for the enfranchisement of woman has become so widespread in Virginia that there is great need for a regular means of communication between workers and sympathizers in all parts of the State....

For this is pre-eminently a co-operative movement--one in which good team work is required--one in which we must all pull together with a right good will. 

To do this effectively, we need the stimulus of the exchange of ideas, we need to inform ourselves of the activities of our local Leagues, as well as of the larger movement outside.

To meet these needs, I commend to the suffragists of the State the "Virginia Suffrage News," which should bind us together in one harmonious whole, and I bespeak for it a wide circulation amongst all those interested in this next great step in the development of women."  

p. 8 "Suffragists Chuckle Over 'Etching' That Was Never Made for 'Lack of Space.'" recounts the story of an anti-suffrage essay contest held by the Richmond News-Leader, an "all-white" paper. The newspaper intended to publish an etching (portrait) of the winner until it was discovered that she was an African American.


M 9, Box 56, Adèle Goodman Clark papers, 1849-1978, James Branch Cabell Library, VCU Libraries


1914 October 1


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


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Learn more: 
Equal Suffrage League of Virginia, Encyclopedia Virginia 
National Woman Suffrage Association, Social Welfare History Project


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