SOMETHING TO HAVE IN THE LIBRARY OF EVERY SUFF BUFF!
You’ll be doing your part by getting prepared for the 2020 centennial observance of Milholland’s death by purchasing Remembering Inez: The Last Campaign of Inez Milholland, Suffrage Martyr by Robert P.J. Cooney, Jr.
Remembering Inez is an enormous step in the right direction in terms of presenting images associated with Milholland’s life and times that haven’t been in general circulation before this. With this work, we’re being treated to the little-known perspectives of those who worked with and loved this extraordinary activist in this offering by American Graphic Press. That makes it a candidate for a special gift this holiday season.
THIS ISN’T ANY OLD BOOK ABOUT INEZ MILHOLLAND
A great deal was written about Inez Milholland in the newspapers of her time. The appeal of Milholland’s attraction (mind and body) is complex and many insights can be gained by reading the excellent biography of Milholland by Linda J. Lumsden. In fact, these two books together will bring a broad smile to the face of the suff buffs in your family and circle of friends. The Cooney book highlights impressive photography of the period and what Milholland’s contemporaries had to say about her. And we’re treated to some of Milholland’s own words about the movement and what the activists were up against in their uphill campaign to win the franchise.
A BASIC REFERENCE BOOK WORTH HAVING
Robert P.J. Cooney, Jr. is the author of Winning the Vote: The Triumph of the American Woman Suffrage Movement, a classic work that details the many campaigns involved with winning votes for women before 1920. Winning the Vote was produced in conjunction with the National Women’s History Project. It’s a basic reference book worth owning, loaded with images that will keep you fascinated from page one to the end, and it’s a hefty tome indeed that anyone interested in the suffrage movement shouldn’t be without.
HOW TO ORDER THIS INEZ BOOK—
If you order through the National Women’s History Allience, you’ll be supporting a terrific organization. Remembering Inez is an essential and important work to add to any suffrage movement library.
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Celebrate women’s freedom to vote. Remember and honor those who gave their time and dedication going back to the founding of this nation? Is it okay with you that U.S. women still don’t have equal rights written into the U.S. Constitution? Is it okay that a woman still hasn’t been able to serve in the Oval Office?
Attorney and American Suffrage Martyr/August 6, 1886 – November 25, 1916/During her brief life, New York attorney Inez Milholland Boissevain became one of the most widely recognized advocates of Votes for Women in the United States.
Today, as the nation approaches the centennial of American women voting in 2020, Inez symbolizes the perseverance and sacrifices that were required to win equality for women as full American citizens. With courage, conviction, and dedication, this fallen young leader exemplified public service to the nation and an unwavering dedication to basic civil rights as the cornerstone of democracy.
NO DOUBT THAT INEZ MILHOLLAND SHOULD BE NEAR THE TOP OF 2020 VOTES FOR WOMEN RECOGNITION
At a time when women had virtually no political power and no representation in government, Inez Milholland championed their civil rights, particularly the right to vote, and made substantial contributions to winning the political liberty women enjoy today. She firmly believed that winning enfranchisement would offer women a voice and a place in government, thus strengthening the nation as a whole.
Born in Brooklyn and raised in New York and London, Inez became an advocate for the rights of women while a student. When the president of Vassar College banned her woman suffrage meeting on campus, Inez led the assembled students and guests to a meeting in the cemetery across the road.
INEZ STRETCHED THE BOUNDARIES OF THE VOTES FOR WOMEN MOVEMENT!
Between 1910 and 1916, she became a central figure involved in planning, speaking, and raising funds for the drive for Votes for Women in New York State. She chaired meetings, answered opponents’ arguments, lobbied state legislators, and led suffrage parades up Fifth Avenue. Robed as the “free woman of the future,” she became nationally known for her role as a mounted herald leading the great March 3, 1913 suffrage procession in Washington, D.C. that involved thousands of supporters and political figures. Four months later, she married Dutch businessman Eugen Boissevain.
Attracted to law school by a desire to protect women and children, Inez faced rejection by Oxford, Columbia, and Harvard because she was a woman. New York University finally accepted her. Even before earning a law degree in 1912, she advised and supported working women and shirtwaist strikers who had no direct political representation or money for lawyers. She believed that “the way to right the wrongs of civilization and to strike a blow at poverty was by means of concerted and intelligent political action and the making of sound laws.”
THE STORY OF INEZ MILHOLLAND DESERVES TO BE TOLD
One of few women attorneys in New York, Inez specialized in criminal and divorce cases but faced prejudice and other obstacles to securing paying clients. She vigorously participated in a grand jury investigation into conditions at Sing Sing Prison and once raced to win a last minute reprieve for a laborer sentenced to die. Having seen the brutal conditions in prison, she spoke out for reform, opposed capital punishment, and assisted individual inmates with filing appeals and finding jobs.
Like her father, John Milholland, the first treasurer of the interracial NAACP, Inez opposed racial discrimination, supported the rights of workers, and advocated a wide range of reforms including international peace. At the beginning of World War I, she joined Henry Ford’s “Peace Ship,” which unsuccessfully tried to steer the European warring parties into mediation.
“After years of active suffrage work in New York, Alice Paul chose Inez Milholland in 1916 to represent the women of the East, who could not vote… Inez’s passionate ‘Appeal to Women Voters of the West,’ in which she called for united action by women to pass the 19th Amendment, still echoes in the history of oratory today.”
The 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative (WVCI) website, www.2020centennial.org, serves as a central organizing and information-sharing entity for programs, projects, and activities that commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and stimulate dialogue to address the ongoing fight for women’s rights.
The purpose of the 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative is to ensure that the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment is acknowledged throughout the United States in ways that: 1) include the influence and stories of the various components of the suffrage movement in ways that reflect the accuracy of the historical record; 2) recognize the legal and social advances resulting from the 19th Amendment; 3) acknowledge the inadequacies of the Amendment’s implementation; 4) describe its continuing relevance to the ongoing struggle for equal rights; 5) encourage involvement in large and small activities at all levels by diverse public, nonprofit, and private organizations and individuals.
For more information and resources about the 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative visit www.2020centennial.org.
Throughout 2018, the National Women’s History Alliance honored fifteen outstanding women for their unrelenting and inspirational persistence, and for understanding that, by fighting all forms of discrimination against women and girls, they are shaping America’s history and our future. These 2018 Honorees refused to be silenced. Their lives demonstrate the power of voice, of taking action, and of believing that meaningful and lasting change is possible.
The National Women’s History Alliance was behind the 2016 centennial observance of the death of Inez Milholland in 1916.
THE RECOGNITION OF INEZ MILHOLLAND ISN’T ABOUT TO DISAPPEAR SOON!
In 2017, many individuals and organizations across the nation continued honoring Inez through events and special occasions. In 2018, the NWHP was behind nominating Inez to be inducted in the National Women’s Hall of Fame for 2019. Let’s cross our fingers that it happens!
When you think about Inez Milholland, also think about Turning Point Suffragist Memorial. We need visibility for the tens of thousands of women and their allies who worked from dawn to dusk for decades to win the right to vote. Donate so that the doors of the memorial can open in 2020.