Live-Blogging Women’s History: March 4, 1918

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March 4, 1918: Vindication and a major victory today for Alice Paul and 217 other women arrested last year for picketing the White House. The Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia has just declared their arrests illegal, and voided all convictions handed down by the local police court. The picketing began on January 10, […]

Live-Blogging Women’s History: March 3, 1913

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In honor of Women’s History Month, I’m authoring a “this day in feminist history” post in you-are-there fashion throughout March. March 3, 1913: Any doubts about the courage, dedication or organizational skills of suffragists must certainly now lie discarded along Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington, D.C. Had today’s massive suffrage parade and pageant been carried out […]

Live-Blogging Women’s History: March 2, 1970

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March 2, 1970: In what is hoped will be a major advance for women’s rights, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed for the first time today to hear a case alleging sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The plaintiff is Ida Phillips, who was denied a position as […]

Live-Blogging Women’s History: March 1, 1961

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In honor of Women’s History Month, I’ll be authoring a “this day in feminist history” post in you-are-there fashion for the next 31 days. March 1, 1961 : The final battle over legalization of birth control in the U.S. may soon be won if some questions asked, and comments made, in the Supreme Court today […]

Dec. 31, 1912: “Suffrage Mission Accomplished”

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Nothing like it had ever been done before. In fact, until four years earlier, no group of women had ever been bold enough to defy custom and propriety by marching even a few city blocks in a public demonstration of support for woman suffrage. But Rosalie Jones proposed a 150-or-more-mile march from New York City […]

October 10, 1911: A Suffrage Cliffhanger In California

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 Sunday, October 10, marked the 99th anniversary of the winning vote for women’s suffrage in California. But as with all suffrage victories in the 20th century, this one was hard fought, and had a nail-biting finish. When California voters had last cast their ballots on the question of suffrage in 1896, big-city politicians and the […]

When Women Went on Strike: Remembering Equality Day, 1970

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Bold moves and high-risk strategies have been a feminist tradition since the days of Alice Paul and Susan B. Anthony. But on March 20, 1970, when Betty Friedan gave her farewell address as outgoing president of NOW and called for a nationwide women’s strike on August 26 (the 50th anniversary of winning the vote), the […]

9 Questions About 90 Years of Suffrage

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On Aug. 26 we celebrate Women’s Equality Day–and this year it’s the 90th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, when women in the U.S. finally won the right to vote. So how much do you know about the long fight for women’s suffrage? Take our test and find out: [QUIZZIN 7] ABOVE: Photo […]

Could ANYONE Really Support “Traditional” Marriage ?

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Proposition 8 may have been struck down for now, but the nationwide fight for gay marriage will undoubtedly continue for years. Though any competition for “Most Baseless Excuse To Oppose Same-Gender Marriage” is a photo-finish, “I’m opposed because I support ‘traditional marriage’ between a man and a woman” wins by a nose. The only possible […]

Suffragists Marched … and Stamped!

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Suffragists didn’t stop at postcards to get their message out. By affixing attention-grabbing, oversized stamps on their outgoing mail, suffragists could reach potential voters before a letter was even opened. Many of the stamps called attention to timely issues and events, such as this one announcing a worldwide suffrage convention in 1913. Delegates from 25 […]