In this year leading up to Arizona's centennial, on Feb. 14, 2012, we'll occasionally reprint editorials from the Arizona Daily Star or Tucson Citizen archives. Today's piece, written by the Prescott Journal-Miner, originally appeared in the Star on June 4, 1912.
Note: Arizona women won the vote in 1912; nationwide, they were granted suffrage in 1920 with the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Soon, in every civilized country, every woman will have the right to vote. Men are realizing gradually that it is shameful, disgraceful and cowardly to deny a share in the making of laws to the mothers who have given humanity all of its progress and moral growth.
Little by little, men in legislatures and on the streets realize that to declare women unfit for the suffrage is an insult to every man's mother and an insult to human intelligence.
Women have been the advisers of men and the teachers of children from the beginning in the home.
They have borne all the heavy burdens.
They have supplied the population that wars, famine and plague killed off. Devotion to the weak, and especially to young children, has taken their time and strength, so that they have not asserted or attained their rights.
Woman has lived a half slave from the beginning - but the time for that is past.
Every woman will soon have the vote, and the big woman suffrage parade in New York proves woman's determination to hurry on the day.
Men and women alike should be proud to have appeared in that parade.
The men should have marched gladly, because it was a parade of protest against the mental slavery and long injustice.
And the women should be proud - rich women and poor women, idle women and working women - because the parade emphasized the fact that woman is a thinking being, equal to man in intelligence and politics, as she is superior to him in morals, and determined to have her share in the government of the world.