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Exhibition Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote

Portrait of Mabel Ping-Hua Lee (1896–1966). New-York Endowment Tribune, April 13, 1912. Chronicling America, National for the Humanities and the Library of Congress

Mabel Ping-Hua Lee

As a member of the New York Women’s Political Equality League, Mabel Ping-Hua Lee rode on horseback in the 1912 New York City parade in support of women’s suffrage. As a Chinese immigrant, Lee was barred from voting due to the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act even after the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. Although she knew she would not benefit directly from the women’s suffrage amendment, Mabel Lee fought for women’s voting rights.