Suffrage activists seek new members through a "suffrage school" in 1914

State Suffrage School

In June of 1914, The Wisconsin Woman Suffrage Association (WWSA) organized a weeklong recruiting and training program for suffrage activists. Members of the WWSA had first learned about "suffrage schools" at a conference of the National American Woman Suffrage Association in 1912, yet the hectic 1911-1912 campaign for a suffrage resolution in Wisconsin had not given the organization time to implement its own education program. After the crushing defeat of the resolution though, a suffrage school was desperately needed to recruit and train new members. Organized by Alice Curtis and Ada James, the 1914 suffrage school exceeded all expectations for attendance and drew an impressive slate of speakers, including Wisconsin Chief Justice John B. Winslow, Olympia Brown, University of Wisconsin sociologist E.A. Ross, and the Madison journalism school's Willard G. Bleyer.

Related Topics: The Progressive Era
The Woman's Suffrage Movement
Creator: Wisconsin Woman Suffrage Association
Pub Data: Wisconsin Woman Suffrage Association, 1914. (Pamphlet 55-4114)
Citation: Wisconsin Woman Suffrage Association. "State Suffrage School." Wisconsin Historical Society. Online facsimile at:; Visited on: 5/13/2021