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and XV. Amendments.

7. _Resolved_, That we urge upon Congress the passage of a XVI.
Amendment, prohibiting political distinctions on account of sex, and
also of a law conferring legal and political equality.

8. _Resolved_, That the claim of woman to participate in making the
laws she is required to obey, and to equality of rights in all
directions, has nothing to do with special social theories, and that
the recent attempts in this city and elsewhere to associate the woman
suffrage cause with the doctrines of free love, and to hold it
responsible for the crimes and follies of individuals, is an outrage
upon common sense and decency, and a slander upon the virtue and
intelligence of the women of America.

[191] 8. _Resolved_, That the Executive Committee be instructed to
address memorials in behalf of woman suffrage to Congress, and to the
national conventions of every political party.

[192] _Resolved_, That suffrage means equality in the home, and
therefore means greater constancy and greater permanency in marriage.

_Resolved_, That the agitation of the peace, temperance, and other
reforms of the day is valuable as a means of creating a public
sentiment in favor of woman suffrage, not only by convincing the men
engaged in them of the necessity of co-operation at the ballot-box,
but by educating woman to a sense of her obligation to avail herself
of every power to secure their consummation.

_Resolved_, That the Executive Committee of the American Woman
Suffrage Association be requested to appoint a deputation to address
the Legislatures of the several States on the subject of woman
suffrage, with the co-operation of the State societies.

[193] 3. WHEREAS women, as a class, have special interests to protect
and special wrongs to remedy, and, as individuals, have peculiar
feminine characteristics and developments in which they differ from
man; therefore,

_Resolved_, That a government of men alone is neither republican nor
representative, but is an aristocracy of sex inconsistent alike with
the highest welfare of man, of woman, and of society.

4. And WHEREAS, The National Republican platform of 1872 affirms that
the admission of woman to wider spheres of usefulness is viewed with
satisfaction, and the honest demand of woman for additional rights
should receive respectful consideration; and

WHEREAS, The Republicans have a large majority in both houses of
Congress; therefore,

_Resolved_, That we call upon Congress to enact a law establishing
impartial suffrage for all citizens irrespective of sex, in the
District of Columbia and the Territories; also to declare woman
eligible to all offices under Government, with equal pay for equal
work: also to submit a XVI. Constitutional Amendment prohibiting
political distinctions on account of sex.

5. _Resolved_, That we demand from the State Legislatures laws
establishing equal suffrage for women in choosing electors of
President and Vice-President of the United States, also in choosing
municipal and State officers, in every case where the qualifications
of voters are not restricted by the State Constitutions; also to amend
the State Constitutions so as to establish equal rights for all.

6. And WHEREAS, many women have recently applied for registration as
voters, and in some cases, have actually voted, and are now being
prosecuted on the charge of having voted illegally; therefore,

_Resolved_, That we call upon the State and Federal courts to
interpret all legal provisions that will admit of such a construction
in favor of the equality of women.

8. _Resolved_, That the Executive Committee be instructed to address
memorials to Congress, and State Legislatures, and National
Conventions of every political party, in behalf of the legal and
political equality of woman.

9. _Resolved_, That we rejoice at the recognition of the rights of
woman in the National Republican platform, and at the explicit
indorsement of woman suffrage by the Republican Convention of
Massachusetts; we congratulate the Republican party upon having
enlisted the heart and intellect and conscience of woman in its
support, and we call upon the party, in this hour of victory, to
consolidate its supremacy by establishing impartial suffrage for all
citizens, irrespective of sex.

[194] _President_--Thos. Wentworth Higginson, R. I.

_Vice-Presidents at Large_--Julia Ward Howe, Hon. Henry Wilson, Mary
A. Livermore, Wm. Lloyd Garrison, Mass.; Hannah M. Tracy Cutler, Ill.;
Geo. Wm. Curtis, N. Y.; Mrs. M. T. Hazard, Missouri; Margaret V.
Longley, Ohio.

_Chairman of Executive Committee_--Lucy Stone, Mass.

_Foreign Corresponding Secretary_--Kate N. Doggett, Ill.

_Corresponding Secretary_--Henry B. Blackwell, Mass.

_Treasurer_--John K. Wildman, Pa.

_Recording Secretaries_--Mary Grew, Pa.; Amanda Way, Kansas.

_Vice Presidents Ex Officio_--Mrs. Oliver Dennett, Me.; Armenia S.
White, N. H.; Hon. C. W. Willard, Vt.; Jas. Freeman Clarke, Mass.;
Elizabeth B. Chace, R. I.; Celia Burleigh, Conn.; Oliver Johnson, N.
Y.; John Whitehead, N. J.; Passmore Williamson, Pa.; Mrs. Elizabeth
Smith, Del.; Miriam M. Cole, Ohio; Mary F. Thomas, M.D., Ind.; Robert
Collyer, Ill.; Augusta J. Chapin, Wis.; Stephen L. Brigham, Mich.;
Mrs. A. Knight, Minn.; Mrs. Helen E. Starrett, Kansas; Amelia Bloomer,
Iowa; Mrs. Beverly Allen, Mo.; Hon. Guy W. Wines, Tenn.; Seth Rogers,
Fla.; Gen. Rufus Saxton, Oregon; Rev. Charles G. Ames, Cal.; Hon. John
C. Underwood, Va.; Rufus Leighton, Wash. Ter.; A. K. P. Safford,
Arizona; Sarah Jane Lippincott (Grace Greenwood), D. C.; Hon. D. K.
Chamberlain, S. C.

_Executive Committee Ex Officio_--Mrs. T. B. Hussey, Me.; Hon.
Nathaniel White, N. H.; Albert Clarke, Vt.; Margaret W. Campbell,
Mass.; Mary F. Doyle, R. I.; Phebe A. Hanaford, Conn.; Anna C. Field,
N. Y.; Mrs. C. C. Hussey, N. J.; Annie Shoemaker, Pa.; John Cameron,
Del.; Mrs. Rebecca A. S. Janney, O.; Martha N. McKaye, Ind.; Myra
Bradwell, Ill.; Mrs. Frank Leland, Wis.; Lucinda H. Stone, Mich.; Abby
J. Spaulding, Minn.; Hon. Isaac H. Sturgeon, Mo.; John Ritchie, Kan.;
Mrs Lizzie B. Read, Iowa; Rev. Charles G. Woodbury, Tenn.; Miss Lottie
Rollin, S. C.; Fannie B. Ames, Cal.; Col. Edward Daniels, Va.; Mrs.
Matilda G. Saxton, Oregon; Rev. Frederick Hinckley, D. C.; Mrs. C. I.
H. Nichols, Cal.; Hon. John A. Campbell, Wyoming.

[195] Mrs. Howe was elected President.

[196] _Resolved_, That our thanks are due to the twenty-two United
States Senators who, at the last session of Congress, voted and paired
in favor of woman suffrage in the Territory of Pembina, and we rejoice
at the submission of woman suffrage to the people by the Legislatures
of Michigan and Iowa, as acts of enlightened statesmanship, which can
not fail, whatever may be the immediate result, to hasten the day of
woman's enfranchisement.

_Resolved_, That the recent indorsement of woman suffrage by the
Methodist Convention of Michigan, by the Conferences of Iowa, and by
various other religious bodies of these and other States, is evidence
that the value of woman's work in the churches begins to be
recognized, and in view of the fact that three-fourths of American
church members are women, we cordially invite the aid of Christians of
all denominations in securing woman's enfranchisement.

_Resolved_, That the recognition of the right of women to vote and
hold office, by the Patrons of Husbandry in their Granges, by the
Sovereigns of Industry in their Councils, and by the Good Templars in
their Lodges, entitles us to regard these societies as practical
auxiliaries of the woman suffrage movement.

_Resolved_, That we protest against the appropriation by Congress or
by State Legislatures of one dollar of the public money, which is paid
in part by women who are taxed without consent, for the purpose of
celebrating the Centennial anniversary of a political independence in
which women are not allowed to participate.

[197] President--Bishop Gilbert Haven, D.D.

[198] Among those on the platform were Bishop Gilbert Haven, Mrs. Lucy
Stone, Miss Mary F. Eastman, Mrs. S. R. Hewitt, Mrs. Maria F. Walling,
Thomas J. Lothrop, and H. B. Blackwell, of Mass.; Mrs. Rebecca Morse,
Mrs. Margaret E. Winchester, Mrs. Halleck, Mrs. Frances D. Gage, Rev.
Dr. Thompson, of New York; Mrs. Mary F. Davis, Rev. Antoinette Brown
Blackwell, Mrs. Henrietta W. Johnson, of New Jersey; Mrs. Margaret V.
Longley and Miss Jane O. De Forest, of Ohio; Mrs. Emma Malloy, of
Indiana; Lelia E. Patridge and C. C. Burleigh, of Pa.; Mrs. Armenia S.
White and Hon. Nathaniel White, of New Hampshire; Mrs. Frances E. W.
Harper, of Md.; S. D. Forbes, of Delaware; and Charles Bradlaugh, of
England.

[199] 1. The American Woman Suffrage Association, in its seventh
annual meeting assembled, re-affirm the great self-evident principle
of equal rights for women, and demand its practical application in the
public and private life of the nation. We declare that women who obey
laws should have a voice in their enactment; that women who pay taxes
should have a voice in their expenditure. We protest against the
subjection and disenfranchisement of woman as injurious to society,
destructive of morals, corrupting to politics, and a reproach to
civilization. We attribute the alarming increase of insults and
personal outrages inflicted upon women to a public sentiment hostile
to their individuality and equality of rights. We affirm that a
Government of the people, by the people, for the people, must be a
Government composed impartially of men and women, and that the
co-operation of the sexes is essential alike to a happy home, a
refined Society, a Christian Church, and a Republican State.

2. In view of the approaching Presidential election, in which a great
party will struggle to retain possession of power, while all the
elements of opposition are organizing for its overthrow, we urge our
friends in each State to petition their Legislature for the enactment,
next winter, of a law enabling women to vote in the Presidential
election of 1876.

3. In view of the evident disintegration of parties, we rejoice at the
steady growth of the new issue of woman suffrage, at its successful
establishment in Wyoming and Utah, in England, Holland, Austria, and
Sweden, and at the recent promise of the Republicans of Massachusetts,
at their State Convention, that they "will support all measures
regarding the promotion of equal rights for all American citizens,
irrespective of sex."

And whereas, on the second day of July, 1776 (two days before the
Declaration of Independence), the Provincial Congress of New Jersey,
assembled at Burlington, extended suffrage to all inhabitants, men and
women; therefore,

_Resolved_, That in commemoration of that notable event we hold a
woman suffrage Centennial celebration at Burlington, N.



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