Today in Feminist History: Women’s Party Rivalry Goes International (May 29, 1926)

Though both groups support equal suffrage worldwide, and equal opportunities for women, the League opposes the kind of absolute equality in all circumstances demanded by the Woman’s Party, and endorses some “protective” labor laws applying only to women. The National Woman’s Party believes that “protective” labor laws for women are actually more “restrictive” than “protective,” and often make it harder for women to compete with men for jobs.

Men’s Cycles (They Have Them Too, You Know)

In 1970, Dr. Edgar Berman dismissed the assertion that a woman could be president, by referencing women’s “raging storms of monthly hormonal imbalances.” The woman who subsequently held him to account was Dr. Estelle Ramey—my grandmother.

“Women’s chains have been forged by men, not by anatomy,” Ramey wrote in the first issue of Ms. in 1972.

Today in Feminist History: “Votes for Women!” [and Parades Too!] (May 24, 1913)

So enthusiastic are local suffrage supporters that the last of the speeches was not the end of the day’s activities. Three “flying squads” of suffragists are now driving their automobiles around the area promoting the cause to anyone who may have missed the parade and rally. Jessie Hardy Stubbs is in charge of Hempstead, Elizabeth Freeman is in Rockville Center, and May Morgan is converting Sea Cliff residents as our campaign for suffrage in the Empire State rolls on with the same renewed vigor here that it has experienced nationwide.