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Suffrage In Sixty Seconds: 1911 Suffrage Amendment

Just a few weeks after its formation, the new women’s suffrage organization in Little Rock was making great progress.

The March 16 , 1911 edition of the Democrat Gazette announced that the Arkansas Constitutional Committee, “overcome by female attractiveness and overpowered by forceful argument,” had “gone down to defeat before a committee of the Political Action League,” and recommended the Assembly move forward on a women’s suffrage amendment to the state constitution.

But, a month later, the amendment was defeated, with Representative George Hurst from Washington County declaring, “This bill should be everlastingly killed. The women should not be further encouraged in this equal suffrage foolishness.”