1913 Nevada Governmental Activity
leading to Equal Suffrage for Women
State of the State Message of
Governor Tasker L. Oddie.
To the Legislature of 1913 (Twenty‐Sixth Session)
This is the text of a section of Governor Oddie’s speech:
January 20, 1913
The Franchise for Women
In California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Arizona—every Pacific Coast State except Nevada—the right of franchise is now granted women. Thus we are entirely surrounded by States which have marked their advance by giving women the same right to vote on public questions and for public officials as men. Two years ago our Legislature proposed an amendment removing the constitutional barrier which denies women this right in Nevada. This amendment will have to be favorably acted upon by your honorable bodies and finally submitted to a vote of the people before it can become a part of our organic law. The sentiment in its favor seems to be overwhelming and participated in by all political parties, for which reason, and from my own personal convictions of its justice, I recommend that your honorable bodies concur in the same by appropriate action.
In connection with the more equitable readjustment of the status of women before the law, I recommend that the statue which gives the father sole authority over the custody, services, earnings and management of the property of a minor child be amended by making both parents joint guardians thereof.
Statutes of the State of Nevada passed
at the Twenty‐Sixth Session of the Legislature 1913
No. 1—Assembly Joint and Concurrent Resolution, relative to amending section one of article two of the constitution of the State of Nevada, pertaining to the right of elective franchise.
[Approved January 31, 1913]
Be it resolved by the Assembly, the Senate concurring,
That section one of article two of the constitution of the State of Nevada be amended to read as follows:
Section 1. All citizens of the United States (not laboring under the disabilities named in this constitution) of the age of twenty-one years and upwards, who shall have actually, and not constructively, resided in the state six months, and in the district or county thirty days next preceding any election, shall be entitled to vote for all officers that now or hereafter may be elected by the people, and upon all questions submitted to the elector at such election; provided, that no person who has been or may be convicted of treason or felony in any state or territory of the United States, unless restored to civil rights, and no idiot or insane person shall be entitled to the privilege of an elector. There shall be no denial of the elective franchise at any election on account of sex.
"Universal suffrage is sound in principle. The radical element is right" - Rutherford B. Hayes