Manuscripts/Mixed Material Greetings, Anne Fitzhugh Miller, President of Geneva Political Equality Club, to New York State Woman Suffrage Association Convention
At any rate, geneva took advanced action upon that The legislature went quite as far in that degree it ras permited t ~c~ to go in recognizing the rights of women. That in itself, pract practically shows it has proved successful, and in the special meetings of tax payers of which one or more have been held in geneva every year from that time, large numbers of women have appeared at the polls and U given expressions of their judgment of the casting of ballots, voting upon such questions as the acquisition of land for the purpose of Public Parks; the selection and acquisition of land for a cite for the City hall matters requiring not only their close attention, but matters calling for the exercise of judgment; and i believe that no one will claim that our ladies who are tax payers are not eminently fitted to vote upon such matters.
Probably the most striking example of the exercise of that rght in geneva was upon the question of selecting a cite for the city hall and I believe ! am correct in saying that a larger portion of the women tax payers voted than of the men. I do not mean to be understood as saying that more women voted than men; but I believe it Is true that a larger portion of the women tax payers voted than of the men, and when that city hall is completed, the design for which has recently been let, the ladies of geneva will have the satisfaction of saying that they had their voice &nd performed their part in th~ interests of that important work.
row, I realize that this matter of voting at special electicns by tax payers is only an incident to the great question with which this Convent ion is concerned that is of ext extending to women general the right of equal suffrage and all the rights in that direction that are possessed by men. I do not intend to enter Into a discussion of the consideration of that question
because I fully realize that I am in the presence of others who are better qualified to speak npon the subject There are certain matters, however certain general observations that are so important that they have come to the notice of us all and one of which I believe i~ that it is recognized that wherever the right of woman suffrage has been recognized as beneficial that ground has been held and retained and that is not true of all great questions of Public interest. Take for instance, the temperance question. we find towns and villages, cit s and states recording themselves on one side of the question today, on another side to-morrow; but not so with the woman's suffrage question st I ~. On the c ont continent of europe in Australia, in new Zealand, and in our western States, generally speaking, I believe it to be true that wherever advanced ground has been taken upon this question, that ground has, as a general rule, been retained and the plan has met with decided approval.
I believe it to be true In our own case that f anyone
were to suggest an amendment p~r~ to our city charter repealing or