Thursday, January 26, 2017

Iconic Inez Milholland, A Heroine for Human Rights

I'm fascinated by the aunt of our friend, J.-- Inez Milholland, born in 1886 was a suffragist, labor lawyer, WWI correspondent and speaker who was an amazing influence in the women's movement in the US.

The recent Women's March on Washington, including so many others around the world, brought her efforts to mind. The first Suffrage parade that she took part in was on May 7, 1911. The sign she held read, "Forward, out of error,/Leave behind the night,/Forward through the darkness,/Forward into Light!". Although leading many parades, she made a striking appearance in Washington, DC, in March, 1913. Known for her beauty, she led the parade wearing a crown and a long white cape, while atop a large white horse. She spoke out strongly for women's rights, believing the votes of women could eradicate sweatshops, tenements, prostitution, hunger, poverty and child mortality. 

Her death occurred, in 1916, after becoming ill on a tour speaking for women's rights as a member of the National Woman's Party.

Her last public words were, "Mr. President, how long must women wait for liberty". Now these words could be used again with our recently inaugurated president, who wants to destroy so many rights women have gained since Inez was campaigning.