From Florence Luscomb's oral history
In 1915, we had a referendum in Massachusetts for an amendment to the state constitution. By that time, we had organizations in all the big cities and the important towns. But in the small towns we didn't have any contacts. So we got two little automobiles of four workers in each one, and between them, they covered the state spending a day in each community. We'd go there in the morning, and we'd canvass the whole town with leaflets, talking to any of the men that we could catch. If there was a farmer in the field, we'd run out and talk to him, or if he wasn't home, we'd talk to his wife, and leave leaflets for him. We had all these leaflets: "Why the mother needs to vote so she can control the conditions of the education and health that affect her children." "Why the working woman needs to vote so that she can have something to say about the laws." . . . If there was a little local industry in town, perhaps a little sawmill or something, we'd go there at noon and hand out leaflets. . . . If there was an East Podunck and a West Podunck, we'd have one meeting at seven and the other at eight. I was in charge of one of those little automobile parties….
We had a young man who was hired as the chauffeur for our party. Here I was spending all these weeks driving around over the backroads of the state, so when we were going from one town to another, he showed me how to drive. I learned to drive over the worst roads, and the result was I had perfect control of the car. And at that time the only thing you had to do was to send in a sworn statement that you had driven one hundred miles. So I drove one hundred miles, and I sent it in, and I got my driving license.
Two of the most effective bits of propaganda of the referendum campaign were the two great parades held in Boston in 1914 and '15. We made a great effort to have a contingent in the parade of working women. My own special job was to get women laundry workers as one section in that parade… I visited practically all the women's laundries in Boston at noontime, and spoke to the women, and urged them to come out and march in this suffrage parade… We had a working woman's section in our parade. Just why seeing women walk down the street in parade should convince men to vote for suffrage is a mystery, but they did so by the thousands. Probably because it gave them visual proof that the women who wanted the suffrage were ordinary representative women – homemakers, mothers, daughters, teachers, working women – and not the unsexed freaks the antis declared they were.
Quoted in Moving the Mountain: Women Working for Social Change, ed. by Ellen Cantarow (Feminist Press, 1969).