Today in Feminist History: Suffrage Referendum Passes in Pennsylvania (April 22, 1919)

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April 22, 1919: Keystone State suffragists have never lacked determination, and today their persistence paid off, as the Pennsylvania House passed a bill—by an almost two-to-one margin—to put a suffrage referendum on the State ballot in 1921.

“Votes for Women” advocates never gave up after the 1915 suffrage referendum went down to defeat along with referenda in three other big Eastern States that fall. They have been hard at work ever since, and have greatly increased the public’s support for equal suffrage in Pennsylvania, so once the State Senate has passed the bill and the Governor has signed it, the referendum is expected to easily pass if nationwide suffrage has not been won by then. 

But the proposed Pennsylvania Suffrage Referendum of 1921 is just one small part of the reason why optimism abounds. Just yesterday, Iowa became the eighth State in three…

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