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Women’s Suffrage Poster - Final Stretch to Ratify 19th Amendment
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This poster declared, “If You Want Women to Vote in 1920 Cast Your ($.10 1.00 10.00) Ballot Now.” This poster likely urged supporters of the National Woman’s Party to donate a dime, dollar or ten dollars to support their efforts to gain passage of the 19th Amendment before the November 1920 presidential and congressional elections.

[WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE]. Women’s Suffrage Poster, ca. 1920, Chicago, IL. 1 p., 14 x 22⅛ in.

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Historical Background
The Republican National Convention for 1920 convened at the Chicago Coliseum from June 8 to June 12. By that date, thirty-five states had ratified the proposed 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, prohibiting the denial of the right to vote based on sex. Only one more state was needed to meet the three-quarters threshold for it to become part of the Constitution.

The National Woman’s Party established a headquarters across the street from the Chicago Coliseum to insist that the Republican Party support women’s suffrage. “The Republican party at any time can enfranchise women,” said Alice Paul, chair of the National Woman’s Party, “We have come to Chicago to demand that it do so. The party’s leaders have no choice but to answer yes or no to the question, Do you want women to vote in 1920?”[1]

In August 1920, Tennessee became the thirty-sixth state to ratify the 19th Amendment, making it part of the Constitution and culminating seventy-two years of effort on behalf of women’s suffrage.

On November 2, 1920, nearly 27 million voters went to the polls, an increase of 8 million from 1916, including many women who were able to vote for the first time. In the presidential contest, Republican U.S. Senator Warren G. Harding of Ohio won an overwhelming victory over Democratic Governor James M. Cox of Ohio. Harding won 60.3 percent of the popular vote and carried 37 states with 404 electoral votes. Cox won 34.1 percent of the popular vote and carried only 11 states, all in the South, with 127 electoral votes. Eight of the 11 states Cox carried had refused to ratify the 19th Amendment.

Condition: wear and spotting as to be expected, but overall Very Good. 

[1] The Sun (Baltimore, MD), June 6, 1920, 2:6.