If You Are A Minister [suffrage postcard]


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If You Are A Minister [suffrage postcard]


Postcard encouraging clergy to use their influence to promote the cause of woman suffrage. Message credited to Henry Bailey Stevens, a writer for the Woman's Journal and Suffrage News, Boston, MA.


"If You Are a Minister

When you look down into the faces of your congregation on Sunday morning, does it ever occur to you that women's place should be "at home"? You never wish, do you, that women had stayed away from the church? Probably you think it would be bad for both women and the church if the women did stay away.

Don't you think it is equally bad for women to be barred from political life? When you go to the polls on election day, don't you wish the causes of the righteousness could be as sure of the same devotion as the church is from women? You of all persons have the least cause to be afraid of women. If you believe in woman suffrage, use your influence for it."

Reverse of card contains printed message, "VOTES FOR WOMEN." The names Alice Stone Blackwell and Agnes E. Ryan are printed at the lower left. 

Stevens, Blackwell and Ryan were all associated with the Woman's Journal.  


M 9 Box 55, Adèle Goodman Clark papers, 1849-1978, James Branch Cabell Library, VCU Libraries


Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, VCU Libraries


This item is in the public domain. Acknowledgement of the Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries as a source is requested.


Learn more:
Women's Suffrage: The Movement, Social Welfare History Project


“If You Are A Minister [suffrage postcard],” Social Welfare History Image Portal, accessed February 28, 2024, https://images.socialwelfare.library.vcu.edu/items/show/16.