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Proclamation

Whereas, In 1848, an influential women’s rights convention held in Seneca Falls, New York, adopted a “Declaration of Sentiments” calling for the extension of the franchise to women; and

Whereas, In 1864, when Nevada became a state, women did not have the right to vote or run for office; and

Whereas, In 1869, Wyoming Territory became the first jurisdiction to grant women the right to vote, followed by Utah Territory in 1870; and

Whereas, During the 1869 Session, after hearing an impassioned plea from Assemblyman Curtis J. Hillyer of Storey County, the Nevada Legislature approved a resolution proposing to amend the State Constitution to allow women’s suffrage, but then narrowly defeated that resolution the following session in 1871; and

Whereas, Nevada’s first suffrage convention was held in Battle Mountain in 1870; and

Whereas, During the remainder of the 19th century and the first decade of the 20th, the Nevada Legislature repeatedly rejected women’s suffrage proposals; and

Whereas, By 1912, with approval in Oregon and Arizona, all the states surrounding Nevada had adopted women’s suffrage; and

Whereas, Suffragists campaigned for the vote using a map showing Nevada in black and all the surrounding states in white with the caption “Out, Damned Spot”; and

Whereas, In 1911, three days before the end of the session, the Nevada Legislature adopted a resolution to amend the State Constitution and allow for women’s suffrage; and

Whereas, In 1913, the Nevada Legislature considered, for the required second time, the resolution to amend the State Constitution; and

Whereas, Lobbied by a large contingent of Nevada women, both houses finally passed the resolution in January 1913; and

Whereas, The Nevada Equal Suffrage Society held its first annual statewide meeting in February 1913; and

Whereas, The approved resolution was filed with Nevada’s Secretary of State in March 1913 to prepare a ballot question to be considered by the voters at the next General Election; and

Whereas, Local suffrage societies, which were instrumental in the statewide campaign, were organized in most of Nevada’s towns in 1912 and 1913 with new chapters formally established in Caliente and Las Vegas in April 1913; and

Whereas, The 1913 Legislature’s positive action sparked an energetic and vigorous 18-month campaign for the passage of the state suffrage amendment featuring speeches, parades, pro-suffrage newspaper columns, and mass mailings throughout the state; and

Whereas, Organized opposition to women’s suffrage, including anti-suffrage newspaper editorials, energized the pro-suffrage campaign by suggesting that the constitutional amendment might not be easily passed by the all-male voters; and

Whereas, In 1914, after a hard-fought campaign and with the approval of a majority of the voters, women’s suffrage finally became a reality in Nevada, six years before the ratification of the suffrage amendment to the U.S. Constitution; now, therefore, be it

Proclaimed, That 2013 is designated as the “Centennial of the Nevada Women’s Suffrage Campaign” in recognition of the hard work that won the long and difficult struggle for women’s right to vote in Nevada; and be it further

Proclaimed, That all citizens of Nevada are urged to remember and celebrate this important milestone in the fight for justice and equal rights.

Dated this 15th day of April, 2013.

Signed by Senators:

Kelvin Atkinson Scott Hammond David R. Parks
Greg Brower Joseph P. (Joe) Hardy Michael Roberson
Barbara K. Cegavske Mark Hutchison Tick Segerblom
Moises (Mo) Denis Justin C. Jones James A. Settelmeyer
Aaron D. Ford Ben Kieckhefer Debbie Smith, Sponsor
Pete Goicoechea Ruben J. Kihuen Pat Spearman
Donald G. (Don) Gustavson Mark A. Manendo Joyce Woodhouse

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