As Women's Suffrage is Ratified, the President Writes: "We need more than ever women who are leaders. They should be thoroughly educated…Properly paid." William Howard Taft.
As Women's Suffrage is Ratified, the President Writes: "We need more than ever women who are leaders. They should be thoroughly educated…Properly paid."

As Women's Suffrage is Ratified, the President Writes: "We need more than ever women who are leaders. They should be thoroughly educated…Properly paid."

ALS : Autograph Letter Signed

TAFT, William Howard. Autograph Manuscript Signed, "WmHTaft," June 14, 1920. Statement on the importance of educating women in advance of suffrage, and enlisting support for Smith College. New Haven. 2 pages, 3-3/4x7-1/4 inches, written on the recto and verso of a single sheet; two small holes punched in left margin.

In full: "We are about to incorporate into our electorate the women of the country. We need more than ever women who are leaders. They should be thoroughly educated. Upon the women's colleges of the country is thus thrust a greater responsibility than ever. They must have competent faculties so situated as to do their best work. They must be properly paid to do this. Smith College has a larger student body of women than any undergraduate institution. Friends of progress should rally to the support of Smith to secure an adequate fund to enable the college to serve its high purpose."

At the time Taft wrote this manuscript, the Nineteenth Amendment granting women in the United States the right to vote had already passed both Houses of Congress, and was in it's year long journey to full ratification by the states. Only 2 months later the Amendment was fully ratified, and women were able to vote in the general election. Echoing Taft's words, the suffrage movement brought forth many strong women leaders. However, nearly a century after women's suffrage, Taft's words regarding proper pay have still not reached fruition, as women continue to receive lower pay than male counterparts for equal work.

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