Inez Milholland was the most glamorous suffragist of the 1910s and a fearless crusader for women's rights. Moving in radical circles, she agitated for social change in the prewar years, and she epitomized the independent New Woman of the time. Her death at age 30 while stumping for suffrage in California in 1916 made her the sole martyr of the American suffrage movement. Her death helped inspire two years of militant protests by the National Woman's Party, including the picketing of the White House, which led in 1920 to ratification of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. Lumsden's study of this colorful and influential figure restores to history an important link between the homebound women of the 19th century and the iconoclastic feminists of the 1970s.
List of Illustrations
Introduction: "The full, reliant, audacious way in which they go about"
1. Childhood: "He sings to the wide world, she to her nest"
2. London: "Hard to find a more interesting family"
3. Vassar: "Fascinating-but a trifle dangerous"
4. Strike: "Our cause is your cause"
5. Villager: "Simple but magical words new and free"
6. Lawyer: "To discharge my own debt to society"
7. Spectacle: "High priestess of woman suffrage"
8. Riot: "Every inch the herald of a great movement"
9. Love: "The most completely vital force in the world"
10. Marriage: "Here's to our work-yours and mine"
11.Crusader: "I must have a value somewhere"
12. Italy: "The spirit of war hangs heavy"
13. Pacifist: "I have worked well"
14. Execution: "You are your brother's keeper"
15. Campaign: "Women will stand by women"
16. Martyr: "Like depriving the desert of some oasis"
17. Icon: "How long must women wait for liberty?"
Epilogue: "Take up the song"
Lumsden wrote in a heroic style that implicitly challenges scholars experienced in U.S. women's history to take on this important icon to provide a more critical analysis of the context and impact of Milholland's activism and strategies on behalf the fight for women's rights.~H-Net