The spirit of our woman suffrage leaders on Long Island is alive and well in Suffolk County, witnessed by the wonderful celebratory tea held yesterday at the Suffolk County Historical Society. Presented by the Islip area branch of the AAUW (American Association of University Women), the Historical Society hosted over eighty women who came to enjoy tea sandwiches, sweets and (of course) tea, and learn about the wonderful history of the woman suffrage movement, right in their own backyard.
From wealthy Long Island residents, such as Alva Vanderbilt Belmont and Harriot Stanton Blatch, to working girls, such as labor leader Clara Lemlich, the AAUW Long Island Suffrage Committee brought their accomplishments to life. There was even a wonderfully instructive segment on the anti-suffrage movement, which surprisingly was very active in Suffolk County. We learned that the National Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage feared woman suffrage because, among other reasons, that “it is unwise to risk the good we already have for the evil which may occur.” They also asserted: “90% of the women either do not want it, or do not care.” Thank goodness they were unsuccessful!
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