Category Archives: history

New-York Tribune reports on the influenza epidemic of 1918

As U.S. women were struggling toward the vote, and World War I was nearing its end, an influenza pandemic broke out in 1918. The disease had hit earlier in the year and then passed, but in the fall, a more … Continue reading

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Suffrage advertising gimmicks, plus civil disobedience

“Although the proposition that women should vote is seriously and profoundly true, it will at first be established…much as the virtues of a breakfast cereal are established, by affirmation.”–suffrage leader Harriot Stanton Blatch, daughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton Picture a … Continue reading

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Women’s clubs go mainstream

  In addition to ads for baking powder, shoe polish, cloth (flannels, draperies, worsteds, gabardines), and other household products, The Register of Women’s Clubs contained advertising for educational offerings aimed at clubwomen. For instance, not every club had access to … Continue reading

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Women who didn’t want the vote

It’s hard for us to imagine, in the modern world, that there were women who were aware of the suffrage movement in the 1800s and early 1900s and yet were not interested in gaining the right to vote. In fact, … Continue reading

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Clubwomen and the environment

In 1910, the official proceedings of the convention of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs reported: We read in the papers that every time one of the great Sunday journals of New York City is issued, thirteen acres of timberland are … Continue reading

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Clubs and women’s moral superiority

When the New York City Press Club gave a reception welcoming Charles Dickens to the U.S. in 1868, journalist Jane Cunningham Croly applied for a ticket. The all-male club treated her request as a joke. The invitation they eventually extended … Continue reading

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I hope my great-grandmother isn’t mad at me

Dear Great-grandmother Mary, I hope you’re not upset. You might actually be flattered that I used you as the model for Abbie Bergholtz, one of the protagonists in my historical novel, To March or to Marry. In 1911, Abbie joins … Continue reading

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