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From our archives, 100 years ago

Spokane’s leading suffragist, May Arkwright Hutton, made a bold prediction: “Women will vote.”

She said momentum was building fast to give women in the state the franchise.

“I have never been so hopeful of success in Washington since I have been in the work as I am at present,” said Hutton, a mining millionaire and suffrage firebrand. “My trip to Seattle has convinced me that women’s suffrage is the next great step in their progress and development.”

Hutton was building support to put a state suffrage amendment on a statewide ballot. She said the suffragists intended to conduct their campaign in “such a manner as to command the respect of even our opponents.” She said that diligent effort, “coupled with the justice of our cause, should result victorious.”

She was correct. In November of the same year, 1910, the state’s male voters passed Amendment Six to the state constitution, which gave women the vote – 10 years before women were granted the vote nationwide.

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