Voices of Texas History
1919 broadside entitled "Handicapped," which appeals for support for women's suffrage
Read by former First Lady Laura Bush in December 2009
About the document
In 1919, the male voters of Texas went to the polls to determine the fate of women's suffrage in Texas. Suffragists mounted a massive campaign to pass the proposed constitutional amendment to grant women the right to vote, holding mass meetings, circulating petitions, going door-to-door, and circulating more than 300,000 pieces of literature, including this broadside entitled "Handicapped."
About Laura Bush
Laura Bush, a native of Midland, was First Lady of Texas from 1995-2000, and First Lady of the United States from 2001-2009. A former teacher and librarian, she has long focused on promoting the causes of literacy, education, and women's health.