How Did Suffragists Lobby to Obtain Congressional Approval of a
Woman Suffrage Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, 1917-1920?


       Three important women in the suffrage movement between 1917 and 1920, Mary Garrett Hay, Maud Wood Park, and Carrie Chapman Catt, used tactics men had been using for years to lobby Congress for support. They made personal appointments with legislators, gave them questionnaires to see who needed to be targeted most, and used the men who favored suffrage to try to persuade others. These documents illustrate how these three suffrage activists influenced Senators, Congressmen, and Assemblymen to fight for national enfranchisement.


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