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Legislation Prohibition

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Woman The issue of votes for women made large advances between 1913 and 1917. It was one of the most widely discussed questions in the range of popular government. By 1916 women voted on equal terms with men at all elections in 11 States and one Territory, Alaska; partial suffrage existed (1917) to six other States. An amendment to the Federal Constitution, Article II, to strike out the word ((male' was defeated on 12 Jan. 1915 by a majority of 204 to 174 in the House of Representatives. In Indiana a suffrage bill passed 22 Feb. 1917 was declared unconstitu tional and void 17 September. The campaign of 1915 in the three great Eastern States, New York, Massachusetts .and New Jersey, was defeated by large majorities. The elections o.f 1917 revealed a great surprise when New York State declared for suffrage by a majority of 100,000 votes, to which the city of New York contributed a considerable portion, after hav ing given nearly a 90,000 majority against it two years before. This brought the number

of complete suffrage States to 12. According to statistics compiled by the officials of the National Woman Suffrage headquarters in November 1917 there were (together with New York) 10,121,931 women in the United States who may vote in Presidential elections, of which number 5,759,021 may vote on all issues. Total number of States, 19. On 4 March 1917 the first lady °congressman)) took her seat in the American legislature. After sweeping the State in the primaries in August 1916, Miss Jeanette Rankin was elected (November 1916). as one of the two congressmen-at-large from the State of Montana. See WOMAN SUF