Today in Feminist History: Dear President Wilson, “We Want Action!” (September 16, 1918)

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Today in Feminist History is our daily recap of the major milestones and minor advancements that shaped women’s history in the U.S.—from suffrage to Shirley Chisholm and beyond. These posts were written by, and are presented in homage to, our late staff historian and archivist, David Dismore.


September 16, 1918: This has been a great day for “the cause” as both an older, traditional suffrage group and our movement’s newest, most militant faction each held successful high-profile events to help get the Susan B. Anthony (woman suffrage) Amendment through Congress and sent to the States for ratification. 

National Woman’s Party demonstrators gathering at the Lafayette Monument earlier today to protest President Wilson’s lack of meaningful action on lobbying the Susan B. Anthony (woman suffrage) Amendment through Congress.

The day’s events began when…

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