Today in Feminist History: New York’s Referendum Revolution (July 1, 1913)

A wagon, built in 1776 by Ebenezer Conklin—and appropriately named the “Spirit of 1776″—left the Manhattan headquarters of the New York State Woman Suffrage Association this afternoon amid great applause, loaded with suffrage literature and bound for an initial month-long tour of Long Island. It is driven by Edna Kearns and Irene Davidson, with eight-year-old Serena Kearns, Edna’s daughter, along as well. Today, Serena is dressed as “Little Liberty” to symbolize the “little liberty” women have 137 years after “taxation without representation” was denounced as tyranny during the American Revolution.

Today in Feminist History: Optimism for the 36th State (June 28, 1920)

The latest evidence that victory is swiftly approaching is Governor Roberts’ announcement today of a specific date – August 9th – when he will call the Tennessee Legislature into special session to vote on ratification. Should the vote be favorable, a permanent, explicit, nationwide ban on sex discrimination at the polls could be just six weeks away from becoming the law of the land.

Today in Feminist History: Tennessee Could Be the Key! (June 20, 1920)

As with every amendment except the 18th, there has been no deadline placed on when ratification of the 19th Amendment must occur. But the longer the ratification process takes, the more registration deadlines will be missed, and with the passage of each one, the number of women who will be able to participate in November’s Presidential election decreases. So a quick victory in Tennessee is now a top priority—and a distinct possibility!