Today in Feminist History: Suffrage Stakes in New Jersey (October 17, 1915)

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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.


October 17, 1915: Just two more days remain until the men of New Jersey vote on woman suffrage, and if women could vote, the referendum would win in a landslide, judging by the numbers enrolled in pro-suffrage and anti-suffrage organizations in the State.

Promoting equal suffrage in New Jersey on the Asbury Park Boardwalk.

According to figures made public today, there are 75,000 members of the Women’s Political Union of New Jersey, and 25,000 in the New Jersey Woman Suffrage Association. The New Jersey Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage has a membership of only…

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