Today in Feminist History: The Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage Becomes Official (March 31, 1915)

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March 31, 1915: Today was a busy one for the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage as it became a national organization, adopted a constitution and launched a suffrage campaign that puts it in direct competition with another effort by the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA). 

PHOTO: Members of the Congressional Union leaving Peg Woffington’s Coffee House in New York City, where the early session of today’s meeting was held. The “Suffragist,” seen in the lower right corner, is the C.U.’s official publication.
Front row, from left: Elizabeth Colt, Elizabeth Kent, Elizabeth Selden Rogers, Olive Halladay Hasbrouck, with Hazel MacKaye holding the magazine.
Second row: Marie Theodosia Armes, Lucy Burns, and Jessie Davisson.

The result of this all-day meeting of the Congressional Union’s Advisory Council makes it clear that there are two very different…

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