Tacoma, WA: [Allstrum Printing Co.], 1915. First edition. Pamphlet of 13 pages measuring 6.25 x 3.25 inches and stapled in original self-wraps. Faint offsetting to front and rear, but internally a surprisingly fresh and bright copy. Small pencil notation to front wrap; small blue ink stamp on page 5 correcting the name Hay to Spry. Unrecorded by OCLC and Krichmar, the present title is a scarce and important example of women in the Western US pressing for an increase in their own rights, while urging states to the East to expand state suffrage to women in advance of a federal vote.
The present pamphlet was compiled on behalf of the National Council of Women Voters, a non-partisan organization of women from voting states. Established in 1910 after the Washington suffrage victory of 1910, the NCWV's goals were "to create an educational organization for women voters, to lobby for legislation, and to extend women's suffrage nationally" (Nazzal). The editor, Alma Lister, was the wife of Washington state governor Ernest Lister, a Democrat who had developed a reputation as an advocate for civil liberties and workers' rights. In her capacity as first lady, Alma had access to the leaders of many Western states or territories; and so she took charge of contacting the governors of Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Washington, California, Oregon, Arizona, Kansas, Alaska, Illinois, Montana, and Nevada. Here, each of those governors provides a brief impression of how suffrage has operated in and benefited their governments; and they give assurance that they are committed to furthering women's rights both at the local and national levels. For example, Hiram W. Johnson of California writes, "Since its adoption in October nineteen-eleven, equal suffrage in California has been put to the most thorough and severe test. Every conceivable sort of election has been held in the past three years, and women have been called upon to exercise their new privilege and perform their added duty...in various primaries, including one for presidential preference, in local option elections...The women have met the test and equal suffrage has been fully justified." An important and rare survivor, this pamphlet shows Western women lobbying for their cause and working alongside male allies to achieve equality. Near Fine (Item #3000)