Address on the Non-Partisan League of Women Voters, September 7, 1923 (excerpt)


Jane Addams Speaks

In his preliminary remarks Rowell paid a tribute to Miss Jane Addams, Chicago social service worker, who preceded him on the platform for a very brief talk.

"You came here to see and listen [page 2] to Miss Addams, one of the few great personalities of the world's progress. You came here to see her but now that she has finished I have you at my mercy," he concluded while the audience applauded.

Miss Addams, introduced by Governor Farrington, spoke briefly, due to the fact that her physical condition is not good. She is convalescing from an illness suffered in Japan.

Women Voters' Opportunity

"Women are bringing about a new standard of voting all over the United States," she said. "They are accomplishing this by means of schools. Their organization is strictly [nonpartisan] but since they can not vote for the abstract they must vote for the man, and eventually for the woman who stands for the principles in which they believe.

"The political situation here reminds me of a similar situation in Chicago a number of years ago. I trust that the members of the League of Women Voters will not be idle in their duties toward that situation and toward the community.

"I want to congratulate the League of Women Voters here for they are a part of the large movement of the [Nonpartisan] League of Women Voters which has some 5,000,000 members. You have an opportunity here to investigate problems of many sorts which no one else has. Your situation here is small enough to be comprehended; it does not attain the enormous size of matters on the mainland. I am sure that other branches of the league will look to you eventually for help in many matters."

Item Relations