Master's Theses



Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Although the women of Kansas have had the right to vote for only about forty-five years, most women today take it for granted and look upon it as something which they have always had. This thesis shows the steps by which women received full suffrage tram the very men whom they often antagonized by their methods, tactics, and attitudes. The author has also attempted to show that the right was not easily gained, but required the work of three intensive campaigns. In many instances, the greatest problem was the indifference of women themselves. The data used in this thesis came from the newspaper files, books, and manuscript materials of the Kans as state Historical Society Library at Topeka, the newspaper files, books, and documents materials of the Forsyth Library at Fort Hays Kansas State College, Hays, and from personal interviews with people who remembered the last campaign. In the appendix are tables and a map included to show the vote by counties on the proposed amendment in each election in which it was being considered. Although it is impossible to equate the actual effect of woman suffrage on Kansas government, the author has pointed out some possible results of woman suffrage. Chief among these are an increased interest in government on the part of women as well as a responsible use of the suffrage.


Dr. Raymond L. Welty

Date of Award

Spring 1957

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


© 1957 Wilda Maxine Smith


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