elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Elsie Wood & Mabel Griswold

Mabel Griswold was a suffragist and a member of the National Woman’s Party. Having been a suffragist, and especially having been jailed, gave her status within the NWP. She wrote that people in her city flocked to see and hear a party speaker because she had been in prison: "The work for suffrage is now far enough in the past to cast glamor and appeal on those who worked for it." (Mabel Griswold to Agnes E. Wells, August 4, 1950) 

When Griswold, executive secretary of the Woman’s Party, died in 1955, a family member suggested that the Party send the telegram of sympathy to Elsie Wood, the woman with whom Griswold had lived. (Alice Paul to Dorothy Griswold, February 2, 1955)

Wood commented after the serious auto accident that eventually killed her companion that Griswold "could bear the broken bones but the breaking up of her life's work was far harder to take." (Elsie M. Wood to Alice Paul, February 1, 1955)

Elsie Wood was on the staff of Sen. John J. Blaine of Boscobel from the time he was Attorney General of Wisconsin in 1919-1921 as was his secretary, Griswold. Griswold was also Executive Clerk to Blaine when he was 24th Governor of Wisconsin from 1921 to 1927. In 1930 Griswold and Wood returned to Eau Claire where Wood became a law clerk in the law firm of Bundy, Bundy, Heach, and Holland.

The Wisconsin Society for the Equal Rights Amendment, the Wisconsin branch of the National Woman's Party, was founded January 4, 1947, by Miss Mabel E. Griswold. Its purpose as stated in the constitution was to raise the status of women and its activities centered on promoting adoption of a Constitutional amendment guaranteeing equal rights to women.

Its parent, the National Woman's Party, was organized by Miss Alice Paul in 1916 to achieve a woman's suffrage amendment. When that was accomplished in 1922, the Party turned to the more general problem of raising the status of women. The World Woman's Party, organized by Miss Paul in 1939, was dedicated to the achievement of this same goal on an international level. The National Woman's Party soon concentrated on securing Constitutional equal rights for women. The proposed United States amendment specified that “equality of rights under law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

Miss Griswold, the Wisconsin Society founder, was an active member of the National Woman's Party and secretary of its National Executive Council. Under her leadership, the Wisconsin Society engaged in lobbying with Wisconsin Congressmen and with other organizations; printed and distributed literature; presented radio and personal speeches; participated in National Woman's Party conventions and activities; and encouraged education on the inequities faced by women. However, after Miss Griswold's death in January 1955, the Society quickly became inactive. It officially disbanded February 7, 1962, and transferred its remaining funds to the National Woman's Party which continued to work for adoption of an equal rights amendment.

The largest portion of these records was presented by Mrs. Ray Wiggen, June 3, 1958; these were processed as the National Woman's Party Papers. Additions were presented by Elsie M. Wood, July 21, 1964; these materials were integrated with the others and the collection name changed to Wisconsin Society for the Equal Rights Amendment.

Source: digicoll.library.wisc.edu/cgi/f/findaid/findaid-idx

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