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Exhibition Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote

Wisconsin Woman’s Suffrage Association. State Suffrage School, June 18-24, 1914. Flyer. Breckinridge Family Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (052.00.00)

Those Who Wish to KNOW and Those Who Wish to DO

In 1910, Wisconsin suffragists collected 18,000 signatures for a congressional petition. Two years later, a statewide referendum was soundly defeated. Seeking improvement, the Wisconsin Woman’s Suffrage Association launched a training school. Modelled on a New York program pioneered by Carrie Chapman Catt in September 1913, “sixty-six women enrolled” in the Wisconsin course, and “many hundreds of men and women attended special day and evening lectures.” The curriculum combined tips on fund-raising and public lecturing.