Today in Feminist History: New York’s Referendum Revolution (July 1, 1913)

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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.


July 1, 1913: The campaign to win a women’s suffrage referendum in New York State two years, four months and one day from now has been kicked off in truly revolutionary style!

PHOTO: From left to right, Edna Kearns, Serena Kearns, and Irene Davidson.

A wagon, built in 1776 by Ebenezer Conklin—and appropriately named the “Spirit of 1776″—left the Manhattan headquarters of the New York State Woman Suffrage Association this afternoon amid great applause, loaded with suffrage literature and bound for an initial month-long tour of Long Island. It is driven by Edna Kearns and…

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