'I Care Nothing For Politics' : Ruth May Fox, Forgotten Suffragist
Utah Historical Quarterly
December 29, 1894 to November 5, 1895. Fox makes several entries each week noting callers, meetings or lectures attended, and anything extraordinary that happened that day, such as her husband staying out all night or birthdays. In several entries, she records her feeling about B.H. Roberts and his opposition to women's suffrage. Fox also records a visit to Salt Lake City by Susan B. Anthony and Reverend Anna Shaw. Late in the diary, many entries contain descriptions of her involvement in the Republican Party, notably the nomination and subsequent carrying of Emmeline B. Wells for the House. George Q. Cannon's controversial anti-Democrat speech in Box Elder County also receives some attention in Fox's writing, as does Joseph F. Smith going in disguise to meet one of his wives at a women's rally. Much of the diary is devoted to the politicking that surrounded the Constitutional Convention for statehood, but Fox rarely gives context to her entries.