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January, 1918   Page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


The New York Times, January 10, 1918 Front Page For the first time, on the eve of the suffrage vote in the US House, President Wilson throws his influence behind the Federal Suffrage Amendment. The president says his change of heart regarding a Federal Amendment is because Great Britain is giving women the vote, and given the patriotic support women showed during the war, the United States can do no less. read clipping


The New York Times, January 10, 1918 The Times believes the Democrats in the US House convinced President Wilson to back the Federal Suffrage Amendment, so that the Democrats would not lose votes to the Republicans in the states where women can already vote. read clipping


The New York Times, January 11, 1918 Front Page The US House endorses the Federal Suffrage Amendment by a vote of 274 to 136 exactly the required two-thirds majority. The House Speaker, who is pro-suffrage, keeps his vote in reserve. The Republican Leader Mann, who came from a Baltimore hospital, and Representative Sims from Tennessee, barely able to walk due to an illness, cast the deciding votes for suffrage. Jeannette Rankin, the only woman in Congress, is given the honor of making first speech before the suffrage vote. read clipping


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