125 years ago today - Jun 10, 1897 • Thursday

[George Q. Cannon]

I called the attention of President Woodruff and the Council to our situation politically at the present time. The bestowal of the franchise on the women [the right to vote] had created a condition of affairs such as has never been before since the organization of the Church. When the women had the franchise in the early days we were a united people on politics. Now we are divided, and every woman that has the franchise is equal to every man in that respect. Our experience, however, during recent elections has proved to us that women, however good their intentions may be, cannot be trusted without someone to guide and influence them. Unworthy men, unscrupulous politicians, have succeeded in leading them off and they have gone to meetings with such characters. There seems to be an immediate necessity of this matter being taken in hand before another election, and that suitable women should be selected to teach the sisters and give them proper views concerning consulting the Priesthood. If women are allowed to act as unwisely as they have done, there is danger that they will fasten fetters upon us. The brethren thought it was necessary that timely action should be taken in relation to this, and the brethren who are going to the conferences were instructed to keep it in mind.

[The Journal of George Q. Cannon, Church Historian's Press, https://churchhistorianspress.org/george-q-cannon]

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