When folks hear about Inez Milholland, they ask, “Why is it that we’ve never heard of her before?” Well, women’s history has been and in many instances, is still in the basement of our national awareness. It hasn’t been considered significant until someone got the idea that prior activists offered their shoulders on which we stand today.
Inez Milholland got thrown out with the baby and the bathwater after the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920. This is changing, in part because of the efforts of many and the changing times.
More women and men of all types and ages have been hearing about Inez Milholland, especially as the word has spread over the past few years. “Oh, there is a connection between the past, present, and future,” we hear often. The ranks of suffrage nuts are increasing as well.
One reason is that 2020 is approaching, and Massachusetts, like many states are anxious to trot out their history. They’ve been discovering there are gems in the past, remarkable as well as inspiring.
The year 2020 is when American women will have been voting for 100 years. Amazing. We think so too.
It’s about time Inez Milholland gets the attention she deserves. Get with the program and follow SuffrageCentennials.com
And spread the word about Inez and states like Massachusetts. They’re planning early there. And that’s not all. The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial is gearing up to open a suffragist memorial in Lorton, Virginia during 2020. Plan on contributing.