Today in Feminist History: Hell Hath No Fury Like a Suffragette Scorned (April 14, 1910)

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April 14, 1910: Suffragists can sometimes be a tough audience, as President Taft discovered today.

PHOTO: President William Howard Taft, Republican, in office since March 4, 1909

He came to greet delegates to the National American Woman Suffrage Association’s convention and though he was given a standing ovation as he entered the room, as well as at the end of his speech, the President was hissed at one point by some listeners.

Taft said that he had been a bit unsure whether to come to the convention, since his views are not entirely in harmony with N.A.W.S.A., “but I consider that the movement represents a sufficient part of the intelligence of the community to justify my coming here and welcoming you to Washington.”

He said that he was “always more impatient with those who go only half way with me than those who oppose me,” so he must have known that…

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