100 Years Ago Today, February 20, 1916

AlvaSuffrage Operetta Gives $8,000 to the Cause

On February 20, 1916 the New York Times reported that Alva Belmont staged the operetta, “Melinda and Her Sisters,” at the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City to benefit the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage. The play netted $8,000, proceeds “to be used for campaign work in the West.” The Times reported that Mrs. Charles Whitman, wife of the Governor, was with her husband, and sat at Mrs. Belmont’s table. “The Governor did not remain.”

This article is just another indication of the strong influence Alva Vanderbilt Belmont tried to exert on behalf of the women suffrage movement, and how much the movement was in her debt.

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