The Pennsylvania campaign for women's suffrage went on for more than a decade. In 1915, the Equal Franchise Federation engaged in some spectacular strategies-- from pulpits to parades, from schoolhouses to Kennywood, from exclusive clubs to factory gates and union halls, from car shows to poultry shows, from the Opera House to Forbes Field and the Ringling Brothers Circus, from bustling city street corners to dusty country roads."
On a fair morning in February, 1912, 16 formidable women staged a take-over. They were club and society women, debutantes, professional women, and housewives. It was "Ladies Privilege Day"--the day when a man could propose to a women. With a sympathetic newspaper, The Sun, the ladies performed every task. They wrote the articles, gained the advertising, printed and distributed the "Women's Suffrage Edition".
"From the first page to the last page it was a paper of, by and for women," the Pittsburgh Post reported. The women made the case that with access to voting, they could make an impact on the issues of the day: impure food and water, excessively young ages of consent, child labor, white slavery, poor working conditions for women, vice, war, unsanitary tenenment conditions, inefficient schools and more.
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