Live-Blogging Women’s History: March 14, 1916

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March 14, 1916: The resilience of the suffrage movement was never more in evidence than today. Just over four months since the biggest setback in its 68-year history–when suffrage referenda in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts went down to defeat–the campaign is back on track. Today, the Assembly of the nation’s most populous […]

Live-Blogging Women’s History: March 13, 1961

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March 13, 1961: Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt called on President John F. Kennedy at the White House earlier today and gave him a three-page list of women he should consider for top jobs in his new Administration. Thus far only nine of his 240 appointments have been to women, and none have been chosen […]

Live-Blogging Women’s History: March 12, 1954

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March 12, 1954: Doria Shafik, founder and president of the Daughters of the Nile Party, announced today in Cairo that she would be undertaking a fast to protest women’s exclusion from the elections for a Constituent Assembly to draft changes to the Egyptian Constitution. She has sent telegrams to Maj. Gen. Muhammad Naguib, president and […]

Live-Blogging Women’s History: March 11, 1912

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March 11, 1912: Though suffragists have many popular themes for speeches and meetings, tonight’s choice to address 25 objections to woman suffrage has outdone them all in terms of drawing a crowd. Less than half of those who wanted to attend were able to pack themselves into New York’s City’s spacious Metropolitan Temple, but the […]

Live-Blogging Women’s History: March 10, 1919

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In honor of Women’s History Month, I’m writing every day about 20th century feminists (primarily the suffragists) from a you-are-there viewpoint. March 10, 1919: Tonight’s gala at New York’s Carnegie Hall is a worthy finale to the nationwide, spectacularly successful 23-day tour of the “Prison Special.” An elaborate pageant of color and light opens the […]

Live-Blogging Women’s History: March 9, 1910

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March 9, 1910: More proof of a revitalized suffrage movement was evident in Albany today at the New York State legislature‘s hearings on changing the state constitution to enfranchise women. Today’s unprecedented turnout encouraged suffragists to believe that they can succeed in striking one word from the section that grants voting rights only to the […]

Live-Blogging Women’s History: March 8, 1913

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March 8, 1913: Alice Paul, organizer of the massive suffrage parade and pageant five days ago in Washington, D.C., and D.C. Chief of Police Major Richard Sylvester, who failed to protect the marchers, gave sharply contradictory views to a Senate subcommittee today. Sylvester testified first, and was unwilling to accept any responsibility whatsoever, claiming that […]

Live-Blogging Women’s History: March 7, 1910

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March 7, 1910: The accomplishments of tens of thousands of women who took part in the recently ended strike against New York City’s shirtwaist (blouse) manufacturers were celebrated tonight at the annual meeting of the Women’s Trade Union League. Helen Marot summed up the gains that had been made since last year’s walkouts and discussed […]

Live-Blogging Women’s History: March 6, 1913

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March 6, 1913: Although today’s parade of 20 witnesses before a Senate subcommittee was far fewer than the more-than 5,000 suffragists who fought their way down Washington D.C.’s Pennsylvania Avenue three days ago, the respect and courtesy this smaller group received was infinitely greater. Their eyewitness accounts of the March 3 suffrage parade were such […]

Live-Blogging Women’s History: March 5, 1919

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March 5, 1919: The “Prison Special” arrived tonight in Chicago. The special railroad car, chartered by the National Woman’s Party to carry suffragists who have served jail time, left Washington, D.C., on February 15. It has given these brave activists a chance to state their case to huge crowds and numerous reporters. They have used […]