Needham Suffrage. On June 12, 1873, the Needham Woman Suffrage Club was founded. A picnic was held to celebrate the first anniversary at which Lucy Stone spoke. By 1885, it was the second largest suffrage club in Massachusetts. In 1887 the club changed its name and became Needham Woman’s Suffrage League to conform with other national groups. This debate over women’s right to vote reached into Needham as well, with groups in in town aligned on both sides of the issue. In 1873, the Needham Woman Suffrage Club was formed, meeting at the home of Eliza LaCroix on May Street, and by the end of the year had 50 members. A year later, more than two hundred people gathered for a program in favor of suffrage.
The Needham Woman Suffrage Club Banner is on display in The Needham History Center and Museum.
In November 1915 there was a referendum on the state ballot to give women the vote. Two rallies were held in Needham on two nights in October—one for and one against. The 1915 referendum failed statewide by a wide margin, and in Needham by 595–389.