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JOINT RESOLUTION (S. R. 53) PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE
Feb. 18, 1902
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE.
WASHINGTON, D. C., Tuesday, February 18, 1902. The committee met at 10 o'clock a. m. Present: Senators Bacon (chairman), Berry, Wetmore, Bard, and Mitchell. Also, Miss Susan B. Anthony, Mrs. Harriet Taylor Upton, Miss Harriet May Mills, Mrs. Lucretia L. Blankenburg, Rev. Olympia Brown, Miss_Gail Laughlin, Mrs. Jennie A. Brown, Mrs. Mary W. Swift, Mrs. Lucy Hobart Day, Miss Alice Stone Blackwell, Mrs. Mariana W. Chapman, Mrs. Gudrun Drewsen, Miss Vida Goldstein, Mrs. Emmy Evald, Rev. Anna H. Shaw, and other representatives of the National American Woman Suffrage Association.
The CHAIRMAN. The committee have met this morning to hear such remarks as may be submitted upon the joint resolution now pending in the Senate, providing for an amendment to the Constitution in the interest of impartial suffrage. After having the resolution read by the clerk, the committee will surrender control of all the details of the meeting entirely to the officers of your association, in order that they may indicate who shall speak and the length of time which shall be occupied by each speaker. The clerk will now read the resolution, in order that it may be before the committee.
The clerk read as follows:
JOINT RESOLUTION (S. R. 53) proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States extending 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 the 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. The Congress shall have power, by appropriate legislation, to enforce the provisions of this article."
STATEMENT OF MISS SUSAN B. ANTHONY.
Miss ANTHONY. Mr. Chairman and gentlemen of the committee, this is the seventeenth Congress that has been addressed by the women of this nation. That means that we have been coming to Congress thirtythree years. In 1887 the Senate brought the bill to a discussion and to a vote.