DCs and the 19th Amendment

(Text from Provincial Annals of October 6, 1920 used with permission of the Provincial Archives)

On August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote. The following October, Sisters of the Emmitsburg Province received these instructions from Cardinal James Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore:

October 6
A Circular from the Director is received today, worded as follows: “It is the wish of His Eminence, Cardinal Gibbons, that all the Sisters in Maryland, but especially those in Baltimore should register as voters. Registration does not impose the obligation of voting, but is necessary in order that one may vote at Preliminaries and on Election day. In conformity with the wishes of His Eminence you will please register at this time. In regard to voting, you will receive instructions later, etc. etc…. ”
(Provincial Annals, October 6, 1920)

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