Crenshaw House & Equal Suffrage League, Richmond, Slideshow

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The Federal Amendment Effort.


After defeats in the Virginia General Assembly in 1914 and 1916, the ESL realized that change at the state level was unlikely. Therefore, in 1916, Lila Meade Valentine encouraged a shift in focus to an amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
   In the tradition of other women who had attempted to claim the right to suffrage under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th amendment, the ESL used literature like this broadside to make its case.
  
                  Broadside

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