Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Today -100: April 9, 1913: Votes for women and damn the consequences

Pres. Wilson reads his address to Congress on tariffs in person, the “address from the throne,” and the republic does not end. Yet.

Oh, tariffs. Yeah, he wants them reduced.

China’s first-ever Parliament opens. The NYT notes that members are “nearly all dressed in European fashion”.

News of Emmeline Pankhurst’s health deteriorating in prison as she hunger strikes (but is not forcibly fed) is greeted with an attempt to blow up Dudley Castle. Painted on one of the castle’s cannons: Votes for women and damn the consequences.

Also, mail boxes. They’re destroying lots of mail.

Not six months after the last referendum on women’s suffrage in Michigan, there’s another one, and while the one last November was defeated very narrowly (and somewhat suspiciously), this time it’s losing much more decisively, with the Brewers’ Association offering cash prizes for high No votes.

A woman is elected mayor of Tyro, Kansas and women are also elected to a majority of town council.

That (still) unnamed US senator accused of attacking a married woman, who the US attorney refused to prosecute? The woman’s husband has sent a copy of her affidavit to every member of the Senate. Here’s a brief extract: “We first conversed for some time about patronage and the Senator began to make improper advances, and I reprimanded him and he apologized.” Hot stuff.

The 17th amendment, for the popular election of sex pests, sorry, US senators, is ratified by the 36th state, so it will be officially ratified just as soon as the states that have ratified actually send in their official notifications, which only 22 have.

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