Women’s Vote Registration Proclamation

Title: Women’s Vote Registration Proclamation

Date: September 2, 1920

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Context: Governor Coolidge notifies Massachusetts’ cities and towns of the need to make facilities available and to increase resources to facilitate the new registration of women voters following the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.


Whereas, It has been reported that the Secretary of State has issued a proclamation declaring that the Nineteenth Amendment has been ratified, granting equal suffrage; and

Whereas, Equal suffrage has existed in Massachusetts heretofore only to a limited extent; and

Whereas, The last session of the General Court wisely provided by law for the registration of women;

Now, Therefore, I, CALVIN COOLIDGE, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, hereby issue public notice to the authorities of our cities and towns requesting that every possible facility be extended for the registration of women by providing a greater number of registrars wherever possible and by increasing the number of locations for registration, so that the great body of womanhood of this Commonwealth may qualify themselves to discharge the duties of citizenship.


Citation: Messages to the General Court, Official Addresses, Proclamations and State Papers of His Excellency Governor Calvin Coolidge

The Coolidge Foundation gratefully acknowledges the volunteer efforts of Craig Eyermann who prepared this document for digital publication.

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