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Description "I MARCH FOR FULL SUFFRAGE JUNE 7TH WILL YOU?" Black printing on gold background (gold, white and purple were the colors of the suffrage movement.) Pin-back. Celluloid on paper on steel.

05/13/2009 email from Helen Bannan, Associate Professor Emerita, Women's Studies and History, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with excerpts of her research on Jessie Jack Hooper:
NAWSA Parade in Chicago, June 7, 1916, urging suffrage plank to Republican Party National convention. (WSHS = Wisconsin State Historical Society. JJH = Jessie Jack Hooper.)
Hooper's Button:
WSHS JJH Papers, MSS IU Box 14, Folder 1, Speeches
Typescript, biog sketch, "Hooper, Jessie Annette Jack," Jan 31, 1928 , pg 3 of 7
JJH there when "the Suffrage Parade took place in Chicago. The day of the parade Chicago experienced the most dreadful storm they had known for many years, but the women gathered by the thousands to march in that parade. They started at exactly the moment scheduled, fell in line with rain coats over their white dresses, carried umbrellas as long as the wind permitted, but they were whirled out of their hands and turned inside out by the terrible gale. They marched steadily on mile after mile to the Coliseum where the Republican Convention was being held, and began pouring into the building just in time to hear an anti-suffrage stating to the convention that the women did not want the vote. Mrs. Hooper had the pleasure of having a niece and her daughter marching in the same line with her. She took the train for her home and was still wearing on her coat a button which said, 'I march, do you?' In the morning a man said to her, 'Did you march in that parade?' She said, "Yes,' He then remarked, 'My partner and I were seated by a hotel window on Michigan Avenue when we heard, in all the frightful storm, a band playing. We knew the Fireman's parade had been called off on account of the weather and could not imagine what it was. Looking out, my partner said, 'My God those women are marching in all this storm, if they want the vote as badly as that they surely ought to have it.'"

Donated by Ben Hooper shortly after Jessie Jack Hooper's death. Jessie Annette Jack Hooper, suffragist and politician, was born on a farm in Iowa in 1864, the daughter of David and Mary Nelings Jack. About 1883, her sister, Florence Jack, married Merrick Joel Peck of Oshkosh, WI. While visiting Oshkosh, Jesse met and later married Oshkosh lawyer Ben Hooper on May 30, 1888, in the city of New Hampton, IA. She states in her autobiography:

"Mr. Hooper was probably in favor of woman's suffrage before he was married, for almost immediately afterward, at his suggestion, it became his practice to share with his wife the privilege of voting...In 1893 The first International Conference of Women was held in Chicago at that time... Mrs. Hooper became very much interested in it and heard there for the first time, a suffrage speech. It was made by Susan B. Anthony. Mrs. Hooper decided that she was tired of trying to dig a hole with a teaspoon, that what was needed was a steam shovel, so she threw all her energies into the woman suffrage movement...When Mrs. Hooper was not working in the Legislature she was making speeches through the state and doing everything she could to work up sentiment for suffrage and took a prominent part through the long fight for the franchise in Wisconsin from 1909 to 1920. She spent much time at the legislature lobbying for suffrage....Mrs. Hooper continued as speaker of the state and was in attendance at the Annual Suffrage Convention in Washington in 1915, when Mrs. Catt was elected to the presidency...One summer Mrs. Hooper invited a group of suffrage workers to make a trip up the Wolf River on her Father's boat, the MARY E. The boat was decorated with pennants and suffrage banners. They went up the Wolf River, stopping at each town where suffrage speeches were made by those on the boat...During the latter part of the suffrage campaign Mrs. Hooper spent much time in Washington, working shoulder to shoulder with the leaders who finally brought to the women of America the privilege of the ballot. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the National American Woman's Suffrage Association until it went out of existence...Mrs. Hooper was legislative and congressional chairman for the Wisconsin State Suffrage Association, and with the help of Miss. Edna Wright "put through" the presidential bill in the Wisconsin Legislature of 1920, and later worked alone, securing, also in 1920, the ratification of the Nineteenth Federal Amendment [she travelled to Arizona, Nevada, and Utah].

Following passage of the 19th Ammendment, she became active in the National League of Women Voters. She was selected by the Democratic Party of Wisconsin in 1922 to run as their candidate for the United States Senate against Robert E. La Follette, but was defeated. In 1922, Mrs. Hooper became untiring worker for world peace. She was a member of the national committee of the League of Women Voters for International Cooperation to Prevent War and in 1928 attended the Conference on the Cause and Cure of War. She also chaired the Indian Affairs Committee of the Wisconsin League of Women Voters and was an advocate for Native Americans and the Menominee Tribe in particular. She died of Cancer on May 7, 1935 in Oshkosh. She was survived by her husband, her daughter and two grandchildren. Her Daughter was Mrs. Lorna Warfield, wife of Dr. Louis M. Warfield of Milwaukee. The grandchildren were Jack Wayne Warfield and Lois Hooper Warfield.
Dimensions Dia-1.5 inches
Year Range from 1900
Year range to 1920
Material Celluloid/Paper/Metal
Object ID 1714-274
Object Name Button, Political
People Hooper, Jessie Jack
Related Publications Oshkosh Public Museum Special Anniversary Edition, Autumn 1999
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