Today in Feminist History: New York State’s Suffrage Stakes (May 31, 1894)

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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.


May 31, 1894: A wonderfully large and enthusiastic turnout tonight at the State Assembly Chamber in Albany to urge that a woman suffrage referendum be part of a package of State Constitutional reforms the New York State Legislature will be submitting to the voters on November 6th.

PHOTO: Dr. Mary Putnam Jacoby

Dr. Mary Putnam Jacoby tackled several issues, among them suffrage and military service, reminding the Constitutional Convention Suffrage Committee members:

“Capacity to bear arms and fulfillment of military duty are not in the State of New York reckoned among…

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