Suffragist of the Month

Suffragist of the Month, November 2018

Suffragist of the Month, November 2018

In a break from my traditional celebration of an individual for Suffragist of the Month, this month we celebrate all the women who ran for office this midterm election. Some won, some lost, but all exhibited the same courage and stamina of the suffragists, and all should be celebrated. We began on November 5th with […]

Suffragist of the Month - October, 2018

Suffragist of the Month – October, 2018

Pauline Newman, 1890 – 1986 Pauline Newman was first and foremost a labor organizer whose childhood spent in the sweatshops of lower Manhattan showed her first-hand the need for working women to organize and lobby for higher wages, better working conditions and restrictions on child labor. But she was also a suffragist, who believed the […]

Suffragist of the Month - September, 2018

Suffragist of the Month – September, 2018

Sara Bard Field, 1882 – 1974 Sara Bard Field was born September 1, 1882 in Cincinnati, Ohio, to George Bard Field and Annie Jenkins; the family would eventually consist of five children. Her father was a staunch Baptist and imposed his iron will on his children; he refused to allow Sara to attend college because […]

Suffragist of the Month - August, 2018

Suffragist of the Month – August, 2018

Eunice Dana Brannan, 1854 – 1936 On November 10, 1917, forty women representing the National Woman’s Party picketed the White House gates, protesting their lack of the right to vote. Although their actions were peaceful and legal, they were arrested, and four days later taken to a rough workhouse, Occoquan Prison, in Virginia, where they […]

Suffragist of the Month - July, 2018

Suffragist of the Month – July, 2018

Gertrude Foster Brown, 1867 – 1956 “It is one thing for women to win the vote, and a totally different one for them to know how to use that vote so it will count to the greatest good of the state. The keynote for woman’s long struggle for the ballot has been her ardent desire […]

Suffragist of the Month - June, 2018

Suffragist of the Month – June, 2018

Addie Waites Hunton, 1866 – 1943 Addie Hunton was born June 11, 1866* to a prominent black family in Norfolk, Virginia. Her father was a successful businessman; her mother was active in the African Methodist-Episcopal Church. When her mother died Addie was sent to Boston to be raised by an aunt. There she received a […]

Suffragist of the Month - May, 2018

Suffragist of the Month – May, 2018

Jennie Bradley Roessing, 1881 – 1963 Jennie Bradley was born May 11, 1881 to a modest family in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Little is known of her early life; she married and later divorced Frank M. Roessing, a civil engineer. In 1904 she began working for the woman suffrage movement, organized the Allegheny County Equal Rights Association, […]

Suffragist of the Month, March, 2018

Suffragist of the Month, March, 2018

Rosa Marie Finocchietti Levis, 1878 – 1959 Rosa Marie Finocchietti Levis was born March 17, 1878 on Hull Street in the North End of Boston. Her parents had emigrated from Genoa, Italy and would eventually have a family of nine children. Hull Street in the North end of Boston is now recognized as an historic […]

Suffragist of the Month - February, 2018

Suffragist of the Month – February, 2018

Anna Howard Shaw, 1847 – 1919 Anna Howard Shaw was born in Northumberland England, February 14, 1847 and brought to the United States as a young child. The family settled on a remote farm in Michigan and depended on Anna to help with the farm work, thus restricting her time to attend school. She eventually […]

Suffragist of The Month - January, 2018

Suffragist of The Month – January, 2018

Ernestine Rose, 1810 – 1892 While the Seneca Falls convention of 1848 is often cited as the formal beginning of the woman suffrage movement, there were many women who devoted their lives to working for equal rights for women long before then. And while these courageous women never lived to see the dream realized, they […]

Suffragist of the Month, December, 2017

Suffragist of the Month, December, 2017

Harriet Taylor Upton, 1854 – 1945 Harriet Taylor Upton was born December 17, 1854 in Ravenna, Ohio; her family moved to Warren, Ohio when she was seven years old. In 1880, when her widowed father was appointed to Congress, Harriet moved to Washington DC to act as his hostess. Such close proximity to the seat […]

Suffragist of the Month - November, 2017

Suffragist of the Month – November, 2017

Irene Corwin Davison 1871 – 1948 Born in 1871 in East Rockaway Irene Corwin Davison was the youngest of three sisters whose family had settled there in the early 19th century. She attended the Packer Institute in Brooklyn, graduated from Pratt Institute and taught art in the Jericho schools. Later she became one of the […]

Suffragist of the Month, September 2017

Suffragist of the Month, September 2017

Frances Willard – 1839 – 1898 When historians hear the name Frances Willard they immediately associate her with the temperance movement, and with good reason. Temperance was her first passion; she was President of the WCTU (Women’s Christian Temperance Union) for almost twenty years, and during her tenure shaped the group into a well-organized entity, […]

Suffragist of the Month - August, 2017

Suffragist of the Month – August, 2017

Lillie Devereux Blake – 1833 – 1913 Lillie Devereux was born Elizabeth Johnson Devereux on August 12, 1833 in Raleigh, North Carolina on a plantation bordering the Roanoke River. She was called “Lillie” by her father, an endearment that followed her through her life. Her father died when she was four and her mother moved the […]

Suffragist of the Month - July 2017

Suffragist of the Month – July 2017

Louisine Havemeyer, 1855 – 1929 Louisine Havemeyer was born in New York City July 28, 1855 into a life of wealth and privilege. Her father had made his fortune in the sugar industry. Her mother was an avid suffragist, and counted among her good friends Susan B. Anthony and Lucy Stone. From an early age […]