INEZ MILHOLLAND CENTENNIAL, 1916-2016
WHO WAS INEZ MILHOLLAND?
WHY HAVEN’T WE HEARD ABOUT HER?
WHAT’S A QUICK WAY TO UNDERSTAND WHY INEZ MILHOLLAND HAD SUCH AN IMPACT ON THE PEOPLE OF HER TIME?
INEZ MILHOLLAND (1886-1916) is the United States suffrage martyr. Inez gave her life while campaigning for the right of American women to vote. We honor Inez during 2016, her centennial observance year, because she represents the tens of thousands of activists like her, both leaders and grassroots organizers, who dedicated themselves to winning women’s voting rights from 1848 to 1920.
You may have seen photos of Inez on a horse leading the big women’s suffrage parade in Washington, DC in 1913. But you may not have connected this to the fact that Inez became the U.S. suffrage martyr three years later. Inez collapsed on a lecture platform while on the campaign trail in November 1916 to speak to citizens of the Western states about the importance of American women standing together and winning the right to vote.
SuffrageCentennials.com is a partner in the Inez Milholland Centennial observance in 2016. Marguerite Kearns and Robert P.J. Cooney Jr. are the national co-chairs, a project of the National Women’s History Project.
Inez Milholland graphic by Ray Lund.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
The following YouTube portrayal of Inez Milholland leading the 1913 suffrage parade is enhanced by Hollywood, but you get the idea in this selection from “Iron Jawed Angels,” the 2004 HBO production. YouTube link.
This audio selection below about Inez Milholland highlights the outpouring of grief and appreciation expressed at a memorial service in December 1916.
Audio selection, Inez Milholland tribute, 1916, in Washington, DC at the time of her death. From Jailed for Freedom by Doris Stevens, 1920. Audio from Librivox. For resources and Inez Milholland information, consult InezMilhollandCentennial.com
Memorial service for U.S. suffrage martyr, Inez Milholland, in 1916: a suffrage centennial special! on Vimeo.
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