Topics include equal rights in the twentieth century; the merits of a combined suffrage and labor agenda (1877-1920); Alice Paul's rise to prominence (1885-1920); the National Woman's Party (1921-1923); Ethel M. Smith and the Women's Trade Union League (1921-1923) and the legal debate between Paul and Smith (1921-1923).
More than one hundred years after her death, Elizabeth Cady Stanton still stands - along with her close friend Susan B. Anthony - as the major icon of the struggle for women's suffrage. In spite of this celebrity, Stanton's intellectual contributions have been largely overshadowed by the focus on her political activities, and she is yet to be recognized as one of the major thinkers of the nineteenth century. Here, at long last, is a single volume exploring and presenting Stanton's thoughtful, original, lifelong inquiries into the nature, origins, range, and solutions of women's subordination.
Faulkner reveals the motivations of this radical egalitarian from Nantucket, who was often overshadowed by other prominent figures. Mott's deep faith and ties to the Society of Friends do not fully explain her activism--her roots in post-Revolutionary New England also shaped her views on slavery, patriarchy, and the church, as well as her expansive interests in peace, temperance, prison reform, religious freedom, and Native American rights.
This biography of Paul's early years and suffrage leadership offers fresh insight into her private persona and public image, examining for the first time the sources of her ambition and the growth of her political consciousness.
The authors chronicle Paul's contributions to the women's suffrage movement, including the dramatic techniques she used to gain publicity. Paul's controversial approach, the authors assert, was essential in changing American attitudes toward suffrage.
A New York socialite and feminist, Alva Vanderbilt Belmont was known to be domineering, temperamental, and opinionated. Her resolve to get her own way regardless of the consequences stood her in good stead when she joined the American woman suffrage movement in 1909. Thereafter, she used her wealth, her administrative expertise, and her social celebrity to help convince Congress to pass the 19th Amendment and then to persuade the exhausted leaders of the National Woman's Party to initiate a world wide equal rights campaign.
Inez Milholland was the most glamorous suffragist of the 1910s and a fearless crusader for women's rights. Her death at age 30 while stumping for suffrage in California in 1916 made her the sole martyr of the American suffrage movement. Her death helped inspire two years of militant protests by the National Woman's Party, including the picketing of the White House, which led in 1920 to ratification of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. Lumsden's study of this colorful and influential figure restores to history an important link between the homebound women of the 19th century and the iconoclastic feminists of the 1970s.