Farmers Say, “Let the Women Vote.”

Don’t you just love history?

I am definitely drawn to things that happened around the time my grandparents were born. When my grandma Wilma passed away in December 2015, she was 96 years old.

She was born in Iowa in August of 1919 and just one month prior, Iowa had given women the right to vote. Now, that is some pretty cool stuff. My great grandmother could vote!

Since this is an election year, I have been doing a bit of studying on the history of women’s suffrage in this country. I thought I’d do something a bit different and include a link in case you are interested in reading about it as well.

Also, I’m so excited to tell you that the other day while doing a blog search for vintage aprons, I stumbled upon this amazing blog. As I was reading some of her published articles, I saw this one in particular and really thought it was fitting.

I asked and was granted permission to reblog it, and I am so happy that I get to share it with you! If you get a chance, please check out her blog. It is one of my new favorites.

A Hundred Years Ago

Source: Ladies Home Journal (March, 1914) Source: Ladies Home Journal (March, 1914)

In 1915, times were a-changing.  Farm Journal asked readers to send in post cards telling them whether they supported women’s suffrage. A sample of the responses were then printed in the magazine (and every single response that was published supported women’s suffrage). Here are a few of them:

Yes, indeed, let the women vote.

J.C. Switzer (Carterville, Mo.)

I am strongly in favor of women voting. Hope the time will soon come when women will have the vote; and good-bye booze.

Morton R. Woodard (Dunsville, N.Y.)

You wish to know what I think about woman suffrage. Being a woman who naturally objects to being classed along with the rest of the farm’s livestock, I certainly shall vote when I get a chance.

Mrs. C. J. Colony (Lodi, N.Y.)

Yes, I am in favor of woman suffrage. I am sorry to say that I used…

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9 thoughts on “Farmers Say, “Let the Women Vote.”

  1. Love this post! You should check out Helen Louise Johnson, magazine writer around the turn of the century and later and Abigail Scott Duniway, newspaper publisher. There was a whole movement towards “home education for girls and women” that really went hand in hand with the women’s suffrage movement. I love history!

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    • Wow! I will definitely check those ladies out. Thank you for sharing they’re names. I’m excited to read about the “home education” movement as well. PS I love that you love history! We will get along great! :)

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  2. My grandparents were both born in 1916 and I’ve always thought of all the changes they’d seen in their lives. As part of my history A-level I wrote a thesis on women’s suffrage and I was given permission to spend a week at the Fawcett Library (women’s suffragette library) in London for research. I felt I was on sacred ground and it was amazing to read the original documents relating to the fight for women’s suffrage and how it was portrayed in the press at the time.

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  3. Hey Jessica, what a great post. Thanks also for the reblog which was really interesting. Sometimes I think you should have born in a different ago. I get a sense of history and nostalgia from you, it’s something rare and quite special.

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