Women's Clubs and Public Progress, June 10, 1914
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VOTE ISSUE PUT UP TO BIENNIAL
Miss Jane Addams Says Women Need Ballot to Pursue Achievement.
HINT NEW FEDERATION.
Miss Jane Addams declared woman's suffrage a social necessity in an address last night to the formal opening of the twelfth biennial convention of the General Federation of Woman's Clubs.
The utterances of Miss Addams assumed a particular significance in view of the question of suffrage endorsement which promises to become the paramount issue of the convention and the possible source of sharp controversy.
Even just following the speech there were hints of an open break on the suffrage issue and threats of the formation of a new body in which suffrage questions would be excluded.
The audience which crowded the Auditorium theater heard Miss Addams review the history and evolution of woman's clubs from culture seeking organizations into forces for the social good.
Warning to Clubs.
There was a suggestion of warning to the clubs against "self-absorption" as Miss Addams told how woman's clubs became a safeguard against narrowness for the American woman of twenty-five years ago.
The speaker referred to the activities of woman's clubs in behalf of the public good, municipal improvements, child labor laws, and the like.
"All these efforts," Miss Addams said, "make clear woman's need for a larger political participation. Without the franchise, woman is suddenly shut out of the game - the game played all over the world by statesmen who at this moment are attempting to translate the social sympathy into political activity."
Mrs. Percy V. Pennybacker, president of the federation, and Mrs. George Bass, chairman of the local biennial board, presided at the night's session.
Addresses of welcome were given by Mrs. Bass and Mrs. Frederick A. Dow, president of the Illinois federation.
Mrs. Pennybacker's response paid tribute to Chicago and the achievements of Chicago's women.
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