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

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

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

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 […]

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

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

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

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

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”

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

 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

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 […]

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