TEXAS WOMEN FIGHT LONG AND HARD FOR THE VOTE

By Bartee Haile.
 
On Mar. 25, 1918, in a special ceremony at the state capitol, Gov. William P. Hobby signed into law the Primary Election Law giving the women of Texas at long last the right to vote. On hand for the momentous occasion were standard bearers Jane Y. McCallum and Minnie Fisher Cunningham. Often down but never out, the resolute crusaders refused to give up the fight for the female franchise. From start to finish, the battle over the ballot in the Lone Star State took half a century. At the Reconstruction convention that rewrote the state constitution, the Radical wing of the Republican Party came out for universal suffrage. But the daring idea of extending democracy not only to emancipated male slaves but to adults of all races was far ahead of its time.
 
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