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Today, August 26th we celebrate Women’s Equality Day, the day the 19th Amendment granting all women in the United States the right to vote was finally made part of the US Constitution. The designation of August 26th as Women’s Equality Day was proposed in 1971 by Bella Abzug, representative from the 19th Congressional District in Manhattan. After seventy-two years […]
On August 19, 1917 The New York Times reported that an enraged Senator Myers of Montana denounced the actions of the “militant” suffragists who were arrested while picketing the White House. In a hearing that lasted only forty minutes the six women were convicted of obstructing traffic; they were given the choice of a $10 […]
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 […]