Suffrage v. Socialism

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Suffrage v. Socialism

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In Dec 1909, Socialist suffragists convened a party conference to debate whether they should work with the mainstream suffrage groups. Rose Schneiderman & Leonora O’Reilly thought the movement was too small for purity tests, and women should be free to make alliances as needed.🧵

Other women, including Pauline Newman and Theresa Malkiel, disagreed. They led the Socialist Party Women’s Committee to create suffrage clubs throughout New York City. @AnneliseOrleck1 - who describes all of this in Common Sense and a Little Fire - says thousands of women joined.

The Socialist suffrage groups had rallies, performances, and social events in four boroughs. But Malkiel and Newman were disappointed in them, because most women who participated were already committed Socialists, and they didn’t win many new converts.

I’ve talked about Pauline Newman before - lesbians get preferential treatment at Daily Suffragist - but I’m happy to learn about Theresa Serber Malkiel. Malkiel immigrated to the US as a teenager and went to work in the garment factories. Her book “Diary of a Shirtwaist Maker,” published in 1911, gained attention after the Triangle fire.

See @jwaonline  Meanwhile, Schneiderman and O’Reilly kept organizing with the mainstream suffragists, negotiating with wealthier women for independence and control. Stay tuned! #Suffrage100 

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Daily Suffragist

Date

08/05/2020

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Daily Suffragist, “Suffrage v. Socialism,” Daily Suffragist, accessed July 24, 2021, https://dailysuffragist.omeka.net/items/show/374.

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