Today in Feminist History: Shop … In The Name of Suffrage! (April 11, 1915)

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April 11, 1915: New York State’s referendum on woman suffrage is nearly seven months in the future, but anyone visiting the Suffrage Shop today would think that it was this coming Tuesday.

PHOTO: Louisine Havemeyer speaking to a crowd from a small, roving version of the Suffrage Shop while holding aloft the “Torch of Liberty.”

Run by the Women’s Political Union, it’s at 663 Fifth Avenue, and there is always some sort of activity going on while suffrage items are being sold. Even those basic items are now more numerous and imaginative. 

One of the shop’s newest offerings is “Suffrage Soap.” In addition to its practical use, it promotes the cause by including a small suffrage tract with each bar which states in the W.P.U.’s colors of green, purple and white: “Votes for Women. Equal Suffrage Means Clean Politics. Use This Soap and Do Justice to Women….

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