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On February 20, 1917 the New York State Assembly took the first step towards assuring the suffrage amendment would be on the ballot for the fall election by adopting the resolution 124 to 10 votes. That tossed the ball into the court of the State Senate who assured suffragists it would be “reported favorably.” True to its […]
Katherine Houghton Hepburn, 1878 – 1951 The name Katherine Hepburn usually calls to mind the famous red-headed actress, star of stage and screen who defied contemporary mores and lived life on her own terms. But before her there was another head-strong, fiery-tempered Katherine Hepburn whose passion for equality improved the lives of, not just her […]
We applaud all who are marching today, both in person and in spirit. It is so gratifying to see a peaceful demonstration, not against anyone or thing, but for peace, equality, and freedom of speech. They march in the spirit of their suffrage ancestors, literally in their footsteps. Our good friend Marguerite Kearns of the Suffrage […]
It seems the suffrage leaders in my home town of Glen Cove, Long Island, were busy on this day in 1917. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported that the first anniversary luncheon of the Glen Cove Equal Suffrage Club was celebrated at Pembroke, a lovely estate on Red Spring Lane, then the home of industrialist Joseph DeLamar, and now […]
On a cold, blustery January morning in Washington, DC, a dozen otherwise-ordinary women – housewives, secretaries, teachers – left families and comfort zones, defied traditions and customs, and literally changed the world. Before anyone could notice or stop them they had positioned themselves along the gates of the White House, the seat of power […]
Alva Vanderbilt Belmont, 1853 – 1933 Alva Vanderbilt Belmont was unarguably the most outspoken and controversial advocate for suffrage that the cause itself had ever seen. Some liked her; most respected her; many loathed and avoided her at all cost. But Alva was fearless and loyal, and was not afraid to spend enormous sums of […]