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EXTENDING THE RIGHT OF SUFFRAGE TO WOMEN.
COMMITTEE ON WOMAN SUFFRAGE,
The committee this day met, Hon. John E. Raker (chairman) presiding.
The CHAIRMAN. The committee will come to order. The Committee on Woman Suffrage has met this morning for the purpose of giving various parties an opportunity to be heard on House joint resolution 200, and which is as follows:
[H. J. Res. 200, Sixty-fifth Congress, second session.]
JOINT RESOLUTION Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States extendíng the right of suffrage to women.
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That the following article be proposed to the legislatures of the several States as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which, when ratified by three-fourths of said legislatures, shall be valid as part of said Constitution, namely:
"SECTION 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
"SEC. 2. Congress shall have power, by appropriate legislation, to enforce the provisions of this article.”
This joint resolution proposes a constitutional amendment extendthe right of suffrage to women. We have determined to first hear the National American Woman Suffrage Association and then the Woman's Party, giving the latter organization an opportunity to be heard to-morrow, if they all get here. There seem to be some opponents, a few men, and they will be given an opportunity to be heard, as well as Mrs. Wadsworth and her organization. We will not fix the time this morning, but will proceed and see how we progress on time, trying to equalize it so as to give all parties a full opportunity to be heard. The idea is, without fail, to complete the hearings by the 7th. Therefore I wish the different organizations would arrange their time, control their time, and designate their speakers.
Mrs. PARK. I represent the National American Woman Suffrage Association.
The CHAIRMAN. You may proceed, Mrs. Park.
STATEMENT OF MRS. MAUDE WOOD PARK.
Mrs. PARK. Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, in speaking for the National American Woman Suffrage Association I wish to say, first of all, that we realize, as fully as you realize, that