Suffragist Biographies Needed
The Nevada Women’s History Project newsletter has featured two suffragists, Frances Slavin Williamson and Sadie Dotson Hurst, in their past two newsletters and will continue doing so with this issue and others in 2014. Our mission in 2014 to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage Victory in Nevada can only be accomplished with your help. By volunteering to do research and write suffragist biographies, which will be uploaded to our web site, you will be honoring the memory of these brave, courageous women. Suffragists in every county in Nevada have been identified. We want to be able to publicize biographies of at least a couple of women from each county. Their stories deserve to be told.
Nevada legislators and voters made history when the amendment to the Nevada Constitution finally passed in two consecutive sessions of the Nevada Legislature in 1911 and 1913 and was approved by male voters in the General Election of 1914. Nevada joined the majority of western states in giving women the right to vote. This was not an easy, short battle waged by suffragists and their male supporters. Instead the struggle, which began in 1869 when a suffrage amendment was introduced in the Nevada Legislature by Curtis J. Hillyer, Storey County Assemblyman, and passed that year but failed in the 1871 session by only a few votes.
A pattern of failed attempts continued until 1911 and 1913 when the Legislature approved a suffrage resolution in both sessions thus allowing it to go forward to victory in the 1914 General Election. History was made thanks to the unceasing hard work performed over the entire state by dedicated suffragists and their male supporters.
In 1914 there were 16 counties in Nevada. Pershing County did not exist until 1919. Also, Ormsby County had not been renamed Carson City County.
To request more information, please email our office at NWHP@pyramid.net or call and leave a message at 775‐786‐2335. Please get in touch with us if you are interested in helping with our mission to identify and honor our historic suffragists. Your involvement is crucial to our success.
Happy New Year!