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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 […]
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 […]
Today, August 6, marks the 132nd birthday of the courageous suffragist, Inez Milholland Boisssevain, whose early death while campaigning for suffrage resulted in her being hailed as a “martyr” for the cause. Inez was born August 6, 1886 to a wealthy, progressive family in Brooklyn, New York. Her family spent much of their time in London, where […]
The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote By Elaine Weiss I just finished this enthralling book which tells in detail of the last six weeks of the journey to ratification of the 19th Amendment, set in the thirty-sixth state to consider it, Tennessee. (If it did not pass in Tennessee it would […]