Saturday, May 24, 2008
The most Beautiful Suffragette
suf·frage /ˈsʌfrɪdʒ/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[suhf-rij] –noun the right to vote in a political election.
Women in history have always held a great curiosity for me, from Cleopatra to Indira Ghandi. The first time I came upon the famous image of Inez Milholland, I was completely captivated; not only by her physical loveliness, but also by the quiet strength and dignity she exuded. In 1913, this delicate beauty astride a white horse catapulted the Suffrage movement to the front pages, eclipsing Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration.
Her family was well known in New York City, her father John Milholland was a newspaper editorialist and a reformer with the NAACP. She was a Vassar graduate and earned a law degree from New York City Law school. Yes, brains and beauty! Starting a vigorous speaking tour across 12 states, she ignited audiences with her emotional and eloquent speeches. Suffering from pernicious anemia, she ignored warnings from her doctor about keeping such a grueling schedule. In Los Angeles, in 1916 she collapsed while giving a speech, dying a few weeks later, November 25th 1916. The 19th Amendment was ratified in April of 1920, giving women the right to vote, four years after her death.
I was just a teenager when I first read her story and I became fascinated with the whole Suffrage movement. I remember seeing a Jay Leno show some years ago, where he was asking women in the street if they would vote for Women’s Suffrage. I was appalled that so many women had no idea what it meant. And it makes me wonder if more young women were exposed to the story of Inez Milholland, she would again ignite a nation
copyright Sherry Obsheatz
There is so much more, read it here: http://vcencyclopedia.vassar.edu/index.php/Inez_Milholland