Manuscripts/Mixed Material New York Suffrage Newsletter, editor Harriet May Mills
New York Suffrage Newsletter
and Mrs Stern has come all the way from New York, a stranger to us.
MRS STERN: We stand for woman suffrage because we believe it to be an economic necessity. We always hear as an argument against woman suffrage that antiquated statement that the home is woman's sphere because all her activities were formerly centered in the home, and because a great amount of home industries kept woman well and profitably employed within her home. But you know that since the days of our grandmothers and great grandmothers, the conditions have changed immensely. To day there are, I believe, over 5,000,000 women in the United States engaged in gainful occupations, women who have to support themselves and have to support a family besides; and these women find that their interests may be centered in the home but they are not limited by the home; and the men and women of to-day who want to live up to modern conditions must recognize that we cannot found our actions of to-day upon the things of one hundred years ago. And therefore, I have come, to ask you, gentlemen, to help us to remove this word "male" from the Constitution of our State. We know, we believe and we trust, that woman suffrage will come. It must come sooner or later, but its coming can be hastened by those who have the power to make good laws; and those who help to hasten woman suffrage are the true bearers of progress and enlightment.
* Mrs George Howard Lewis of Buffalo:
Mr Chairman and members of the Committee: As one of the members of the Legislative Committee of our State Suffrage Association, I am glad to ask your careful consideration of our bill. We do not need to make any overtures to you as members of the Judiciary Committee. We do not need to enlighten you as to the growth of equal suffrage in our state and county. Facts speak louder than words. When the thermometer marks ten degrees below zero, direct radiation in your home heating plant is worth fifty times your indirect radiation. As tax payers, as industrial workers, we women are tired of indirect radiation in our business, our philanthropy, our social and civic organizations. We prefer direct radiation the easier to carry on our aims in life. The ballot means so much to you men, think what it means to women to have that force which helps us as you to be at least selfrespecting citizens. If you will read carefully the literature we have sent you, we truly think you, as Republicans, will stop urging your protective arguments. You will acknowledge the educational qualification is met, and if you look carefully over the names of women suffragists in the state, you may be surprised at the monetary qualification. To you, Democrats in this Committee,
* Mrs George Howard Lewis of Buffalo. Unable to be present.