Today in Feminist History: What Do Women Want?Suffrage, Equal Pay and Peace! (April 4, 1907)

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April 4, 1907: There was a packed house on hand this evening for a meeting of Harriot Stanton Blatch’s “Equality League of Self-Supporting Women” at New York City’s Cooper Union.

PHOTO: Harriot Stanton Blatch, daughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

The meeting was every bit as enthusiastic and ambitious as it was crowded. There were three main issues on the agenda and the audience overwhelmingly endorsed taking strong action on all three. 

Winning the vote is, of course, the organization’s top priority, so a number of speakers called for woman suffrage. One of them, Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, may have been the only one in the room who had been able to vote for equal suffrage in a State referendum.

He did so while Rabbi of Temple Beth Israel in Portland, Oregon, before recently returning to New York to found the Free Synagogue. He said that we would never have…

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