Nellie Tayloe Ross. Candidate for Reelection as Governor of Wyoming. [Drop title].
(n. p.): (n. d.), circa 1927. 5-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches. Small card, with halftone image of Ross on recto and her statement to voters and program if elected on verso. Presumably removed from a scrapbook, with rough patches and bits of stuck-on paper to verso, occasionally affecting text. Good.
Electioneering card for Nellie Tayloe Ross (1876-1977), the first woman to serve as governor of a U.S. state and still the only woman to serve as the governor of Wyoming. Ross's husband, William B. Ross, served as governor of Wyoming from 1923 until his death in 1924; Frank Lucas stepped in as governor from 1924-1925, while continuing to serve as Secretary of State of Wyoming. Nellie Tayloe Ross was elected in a special election in 1925, but didn't win her bid for reelection in 1927.
The card openly confronts those who would vote against Ross because of her gender: "When I took the oath of office, it was with the full realization that being the first woman in the United States to be actually vested with such a responsibility, I owed an obligation to women everywhere so to administer the duties of my office that by no act or omission of mine could it be said that women were incapable of filling high executive office. And I challenge any person who may be opposing my reelection to point to a single act of mind wherein I have failed because I am a woman and wherein a man would have succeeded because he is a man".
The card then goes on to list Ross's program, which includes "Vigilance in the enforcement of law"; "Protection of bank deposits"; and "Sympathetic consideration of the welfare of labor and opposition to special privilege of every kind and character".
Ross later went on to be the first woman to serve as Director of the United States Mint, a position she held from 1933 - 1953.