Suffragist of the Month

Suffragist of the Month, April 2016

Suffragist of the Month, April 2016

Mary Coffin Ware Dennett – 1872 – 1947 Mary Coffin Ware was born April 4, 1872 in Worcester, MA. She attended Miss Capen’s School for Girls, and later studied at the school of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, where she developed her talent for design and decoration. She taught at the Drexel Institute in Philadelphia, […]

Suffragist of the Month, March, 2016

Suffragist of the Month, March, 2016

Inez Haynes (Gillmore) Irwin, 1883 – 1970 Inez Haynes Irwin was born March 2, 1873 in Brazil. Originally from Boston, MA, the family returned there during her childhood and it was there that she grew up, eventually attending Radcliffe College. While at Radcliffe she became involved in the woman suffrage movement, and co-founded the National […]

Suffragist of the Month, February 2016

Suffragist of the Month, February 2016

Isabella Beecher Hooker, 1822 – 1907 Isabella Beecher was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, February 22, 1822 into the famous Beecher family, which included her half-sister and author of the famous anti-slavery story, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe. As a child she was educated mainly in schools run by her sister, Catherine Beecher. In 1841 […]

Suffragist of the Month - January, 2016

Suffragist of the Month – January, 2016

Maud Younger, 1870 – 1936 Like many other dedicated suffragists, Maud Younger came from a very wealthy family, and as a young woman enjoyed a life of ease and elegance. She was born January 10, 1870 and lived in California. On a trip to France she stopped in New York for week’s visit to a […]

Suffragist of the Month - November, 2015

Suffragist of the Month – November, 2015

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1915 – 1902 Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born November 12, 1815 in Johnstown, NY, one of eleven children (six of them died before adulthood). Her father was a prominent attorney and judge in the town. Elizabeth would often visit him in his office where she learned at an early age that women, […]

Suffragist of the Month – October, 2015

Abigail Scott Duniway, 1834 – 1915 We sometimes forget that the struggle for woman suffrage was nation-wide. Some western states extended suffrage to women in the mid-19th century, (Wyoming in 1869, Colorado in 1893, Utah in 1896) but others dragged their feet for years, thus necessitating an active movement throughout the west as well. Abigail […]

Suffragist of the Month - September 2015

Suffragist of the Month – September 2015

Mary Church Terrell, 1863 – 1954 The efforts of African-American women in the woman suffrage movement are often overlooked, sometimes because there were not as many involved, but also because many often faced blatant discrimination from leading white suffragists. But a firm belief in the importance of the vote for black women as well as […]

Suffragist of the Month - August 2015

Suffragist of the Month – August 2015

Mary Garrett Hay, 1857 – 1928 The 1915 campaign for a suffrage amendment to the New York State Constitution was one of the most highly organized campaigns in political history. The State was divided into twelve campaign districts and the district of Greater New York was under the management of Mary Garrett Hay. Under her […]

Suffragist of the Month, July 2015

Suffragist of the Month, July 2015

Lucy Burns, 1879 – 1966 When the story of the woman suffrage movement is told there is no woman more devoted, who gave more of her personal freedom to the cause than Lucy Burns. She was the first on the picket line, the first and most frequently imprisoned and force-fed, and the brave and creative […]

Suffragist of the Month - June, 2015

Suffragist of the Month – June, 2015

Crystal Eastman, 1881 – 1928 Crystal Eastman was born June 25, 1881 into a modest family in Glenora, New York. Her parents, both ordained ministers, held the unusual belief (for the time) in the education of girls as well as boys, and encouraged Crystal to think for herself from a young age. She took this […]

Suffragist of the Month - May 2015

Suffragist of the Month – May 2015

Katherine Duer Mackay 1878 – 1930 Suffragists were often accused of being unattractive, unfeminine, and terrible mothers. None of these slurs were ever flung at Katherine Duer Mackay, however. She was decidedly one of the most beautiful, gracious and feminine suffrage leaders of the day. When Harriot Stanton Blatch, Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s daughter, took up […]

Suffragist of the Month - April 2015

Suffragist of the Month – April 2015

Rose Schneiderman, 1882 – 1972 “The woman worker needs bread, but she needs roses too,” was Rose Schneiderman’s favorite slogan. Bread was the sustenance, but roses were the joy – recreational facilities, schools, access to health care – anything that would help the working woman improve life for her and her family. Rose Schneiderman was born […]

Suffragist of the Month - March 2015

Suffragist of the Month – March 2015

Kate Malcolm Sheppard,  1847 –  1934 American women certainly had no exclusive claim to the quest for woman suffrage. Women around the world worked tirelessly for political equality, experiencing much the same frustrations and, ultimately successes as our suffragists did. Katherine (Kate) Malcolm was born around March 10, 1847 in Liverpool, England, and moved to New Zealand in […]

Suffragist of the Month - February 2015

Suffragist of the Month – February 2015

Lavinia Lloyd Dock, 1858 – 1956 Lavinia Lloyd Dock was born Feb. 26, 1858 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Despite a privileged family upbringing, she chose the rigors of training as a nurse at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, and worked as a visiting nurse among the poor. An early advocate of women’s rights, she was arrested for […]