Well Done, Sister Suffragette!
A tribute to the women (and men) around the world who fought for women's right to vote.
Lawyer Inez Milholland Boissevain prepares to lead the Suffrage Parade, on March 3, 1913
Lucy Stone. 1st woman in America to keep her last name upon marriage, 1st Massachusets woman to graduate college, chopped her hair off, scandalously wore precursors to pants, was kicked out of church for arguing that women had the right to own property and to be able to divorce abusive alcoholic husbands (the nerve).
Sojourner Truth (1795–1883) An illiterate freed slave, she was an eloquent critic of slavery and sexism, transfixing audiences with the force and simplicity of her message of Christian love and tolerance. Her famous “Ain’t I a woman?” speech, delivered to a women’s rights convention in 1851, forever disrupted assumptions about race, class, and gender in American society.
"Handicapped!" Propaganda poster by the Artists' Suffrage League shows a woman in a rowboat, struggling in high waves, while a man relaxes on a sailboat with a sail labeled "votes". Westminster Palace can be seen in the background. Printed by Carl Hentschel Ltd., 182, 183 & 184 Fleet Street, E.C., London, UK, 1910s. Remember, if you don't USE your vote, you might as well not HAVE a vote!
Thus unfolded the 'Night of Terror' on Nov. 15, 1917, when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson's White House for the right to vote. For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail. Their food--all of it colorless slop--was infested with worms.
WATCH THIS: Unbelievable PEOPLE, Bad Romance: Women's Suffrage is a music video paying homage to Alice Paul and the generations of brave women who joined together in the fight to pass the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote in 1920. This is genius!
Lucretia Coffin Mott in 1842 (1793–1880) was an American Quaker, abolitionist, social reformer, and proponent of women’s rights. She is said to be one of the first American feminists in the early 19th century
The term 'suffragette' was coined by the British press in 1906. It was used to distinguish the militant WSPU from other suffragist movements. Medals were issued to members imprisoned for their criminal acts - this one recognizing the fact that the member had been on hunger strike. The badge, a portcullis with a prisoner's arrow/crow's foot, commemorates imprisonment in Holloway Prison, north London. It was designed by Sylvia Pankhurst. Courtesy the Museum of London.
Katharine Martha Houghton Hepburn (1878 – 1951) was an American feminist social reformer and a leader of the suffrage movement in the United States. Hepburn served as president of the Connecticut Woman's Suffrage Association before joining the National Woman's Party. Alongside Margaret Sanger, she co-founded the organization that would become Planned Parenthood. She was the mother of Katharine Hepburn.
Ida B. Wells was an African American journalist, newspaper editor and an early leader in the civil rights movement. She documented lynching in the United States, showing how it was often a way to control or punish blacks who competed with whites. She was active in the women's rights and the women's suffrage movement.