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Exhibition Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote

New York Times, Rotogravure Picture Section, November 4, 1917. Serial and Government Publications Division, Library of Congress (098.00.00)
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War and Suffrage Come Together in New York Parade

As war raged in Europe and American troops trained for deployment (right), suffrage activities often took a backseat to “national service.” New York suffrage leaders, eyeing the November 6, 1917, suffrage referendum, took pains to avoid alienating patriotic voters and fueling opposition. With generous backing from wealthy pro-suffrage men, they mounted an ambitious door-to-door campaign and staged this October 27 parade (left) emphasizing women’s wartime contributions, with wives and mothers of servicemen marching with nurses and women munitions workers.

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