Today Feminist History: Women’s Suffrage Still Far Off in New York (April 26, 1905)

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April 26, 1905: The road to women’s suffrage in New York State still looks like a long and bumpy one, even all these years into the journey.

Despite the best efforts of Republican John Raines, State Senate President, a modest but meaningful advance for women’s rights was blocked today. His bill would have authorized married women to vote on tax propositions in third class cities, which are defined as those with populations under 50,000. 

Though the State Assembly passed an identical measure sponsored by Assembly Member Louis Bedell today, the Senate Cities Committee decided by an overwhelming 11 to 1 vote not to report Raines’ bill to the full Senate. The head of the committee, Republican Senator Horace White said: “This bill is the entering wedge to general suffrage for women. The mothers of the State are all against it.”

Another opponent, Democratic…

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