These examples of correspondence and election documents illustrate the 1912 efforts as a precusor to the major win in 1920 for groups of privileged women. The courage of each suffragist in 1912 can be imagined in these images, even in the eventual aftermath of the brutal loss. Someone once said that "no" backwards is just "on" as in "carry on", and that is exactly what the women of the Chippewa Valley did for another eight years and beyond.

Letter between Eau Claire suffragists

One of many letters in correspondence between suffragists of the Chippewa Valley circa 1912