I freely admit that I put Serakh out of my mind, although I did remember my promise about the prayer shawl. So much happened in 1917, and most of it I’d rather forget. The one bright spot was Jeannette Rankin, so I’ll start there.
In March of that year, when President Wilson was starting his second term, Jeannette was sworn in as the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Mim was ecstatic. Ephraim stayed home with Paul, so she and I about two dozen of our friends celebrated another victory for women. You know, some women still couldn’t vote in this country thenWilson should have done so much more for us. But that’s water under the bridge now. And we had such a fine luncheon. Blue-ribbon trout and big sky apple pie.
By 1917 the Great War was raging full force in Europe, threatening to draw is in. […]
What was Edna Kearns doing on June 27, 1913?
Today I turn the blog over to the Suffrage Wagon News Channel and to the story of Edna Kearns, grandmother extraordinaire. Women have achieved voting rights in the United States, and in many–but not all–parts of the world. We humans have a ways to go in achieving dignity, sustenance, and equality of opportunity for all. Still, here’s to you, Edna. […]
Horse racing was in the news this past weekend, when Palace Malice, who finished 12th in the Kentucky Derby, beat out favorites and won the Belmont Stakes. Almost exactly a century ago, suffragist Emily Wilding Davison attended Epsom Derby, the most prestigious race in Great Britain. Toward the end of the race, she stepped in front of the horse owned by King George V. In an instant, she was trampled by the horse and died of her injuries four days later on June 8, 1913.
What was Emily Davison doing? A member of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), she was an ardent support of a woman’s right to vote. She had been imprisoned several time for violent protests. At Epsom Derby, she appears to have tried to put a suffrage banner on the bridle of the moving horse. Some say Davison had intended to sacrifice her life. Others say she had meant only to disrupt the race and then visit her sister in France. […]