Women Protests - The Fight For Rights For All

posted Feb 06, 2017 by Kathy Pinna
Fashionable and dowdy, upper crust and working class, old and young, beautiful and plain, all segments of society and types of women supported the women's rights movement of the 1800's and early 1900's. These are some of the photos, protest signs, and stories of what these women did. They were feminists, abolitionists, lawyers, and writers, speaking out against injustice wherever they saw it.

Legacy The Million Woman March in January 2017 confused some people. What were they marching for? Historically, women marched for equal rights for everyone. Women after all are inclusive by nature. According to many protest leaders from January, the marches and protests of the past centuries are still the model for today. While fashion has definitely changed, the sentiments of the protest signs are very familiar.

Susan B. Anthony (who was born 197 years ago, on February 15, 1820) is best known as the leader of the Women's Rights Movement along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton. But previous to her activity in women's rights, she was actively involved in the abolitionist movement (to end slavery). Elizabeth and Susan founded the Women's Loyal National League, collecting over 400,000 signatures on a petition demanding that slavery be abolished. A few years later, they created the American Equal Rights Association "to secure Equal Rights to all American citizens, especially the right of suffrage, irrespective of race, color or sex." It wasn't until 14 years after Susan B. Anthony's death that women were "given" the right to vote in the U.S. She never gave up and her tenacity and fervor lead others to take up the fight.

Unknown suffragette, 1918

Suffragettes were housewives, laborers, and professionals. All women were fighting for their rights - to vote, to hold property, to keep their children.

Unknown suffragette, 1917

What a protest sign: "Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God"

"Susan B. Anthony Pageant"

1915

June 1920 - almost there

The 19th Amendment was passed on August 18, 1920. It states "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation." This protest banner says ""No self respecting woman should wish or work for the success of a party that ignores her" This is an 1872 quote by Susan B. Anthony.

Margaret Vale

President Wilson's niece and an actress, she fought for women's rights. Here, she's "Alaska" in a 1915 suffrage parade. Alaska gave women the vote in 1913.

Lucy Stone

Susan B. Anthony said of her ""Lucy Stone was the first person by whom the heart of the American public was deeply stirred on the woman question." She was also an abolitionist.

Inez Milholland

Lawyer, pacifist, feminist, suffragette, and national face of the women's movement, she married a Dutchman and lost her American citizenship (because women had to take the citizenship of their husbands).

Inez on a horse

For the 1913 women's suffrage march, she was one of four "mounted heralds."

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