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Have you heard the story of the young legislator who was the hero of Tennessee’s ratification of the 19th Amendment? I’m not talking about Harry Burn. Harry Burn has gotten way more ink than he’s due. He was a young member of the Tenn. Assembly who…

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Guest post! Thrilled to welcome @shiram19 to tell us about the suffrage roots of an early Jewish sorority. Read on..On October 24, 1909, Helen Phillips invited 6 friends into her dorm room at Barnard College in NYC. While her friends commuted, she…

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I’ve told the story of the WTUL/Wage Earners’ League suffragists at length because it resonates so loudly today. Two camps that should have been allies dismissed one another instead of collaborating, squandering opportunities for power. 🧵💪 (Photo…

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Rose Schneiderman and Leonora O’Reilly were featured speakers at NAWSA conventions as early as 1907. The leaders of the suffrage mainstream warmed to working class women when they saw how these fiery activists could ignite a crowd. [New thread!] But…

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“The manufacturer has a vote; the bosses have votes; the foremen have votes, the inspectors have votes. The working girl has no vote.” - Clara Lemlich, 1912 White working women became suffragists in large numbers when they heard working women…

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I was prepared to hate Annie Nathan Meyer because of her vehement anti-suffrage views. But it’s hard to hate a woman whose autobiography, published posthumously, is called “It’s Been Fun.” Annie Nathan Meyer founded @BarnardCollege in 1889. Women…

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Two sisters were among New York’s most prominent society women at the turn of the last century…one a vigorous suffragist, the other an equally committed anti-suffragist. Guess which one founded @BarnardCollege? Maud Nathan and Annie Nathan Meyer…

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Sometimes your heroes really disappoint. I’m not talking about Stanton or Anthony or Alice Paul. I’m talking about Ray Frank. Frank was the first Jewish woman to preach from a pulpit in the US - before a crowd of 1,000 people. Thread. The story is…

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The desire to be proudly Jewish + fully American animated the founding of the National Council of Jewish Women. The US Jewish pop. in the 1880s was still heavily German and Sephardi - small, successful groups. The massive influx of Eastern European…

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Why do some tragedies generate change and others don’t? 109 years ago today the Triangle Shirtwaist fire killed 146 people - mostly Jewish & Italian immigrant women. The fire was key to winning labor & safety laws. The political power women…
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