Letter from Carrie Chapman Catt, President of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, to Champ Clark, Speaker of the House, April 10, 1917 (Page 1)

In this letter suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt urges the House of Representatives to create a committee devoted exclusively to woman suffrage. The Senate created such a committee in 1882, but no comparable committee existed in the House. The committee was ultimately created, and in 1919 it proposed a constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote nationwide. This amendment, ratified in 1920, became the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Records of the U.S. House of Representatives
National Archives

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