The Fight Over a “Vote for Women” Booth (March 15, 1912) – Ms. Magazine

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March 15, 1912: Suffragists in both New York City and Philadelphia let it be known today that they are not to be trifled with.

PHOTO: Reverend Anna Howard Shaw, President of the National American Woman Suffrage Association since 1904.

The first example of this policy occurred at the Woman’s Industrial Exhibition in the new Grand Central Palace in Manhattan, where the New York State Woman Suffrage Association battled for booth space.

Yesterday afternoon about 3:00, Emma Ivins noticed that nowhere among all the exhibitions at the Palace was there a booth devoted to woman suffrage—so she decided to remedy that obvious oversight.

She quickly signed a contract, went to pick up a plentiful supply of literature, banners and signs and by 6:00 the “Votes for Women” booth was doing a brisk business.

But not for long.

This morning, Frances Lang was just…

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