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Petition submitted to the 1901 constitutional convention in Montgomery, Alabama by 28 women (all taxpayers) in Madison County

The women request that the new constitution include a provision for woman suffrage, at least for those "who are tax-payers or property-owners therein, to vote on all questions affecting their property or the taxation thereof and on all questions affecting education." They argue that denying this right amounts to "Taxation without representation": "We protest the taxation of women and their property, without giving them a voice in elections affecting such taxation, is unfair and a denial of their just rights. We insist that those powers of government only are just which are derived from the consent of the governed, and that the consent of the women of Alabama to government affecting their rights and property can only be obtained by giving them the right of suffrage."

Creator: Alabama Constitutional Convention of 1901 Records
Date: 1901 July 2
Repository: Alabama Department of Archives and History
Format: Petition

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