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Exhibition Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote

Portrait of Milagros Benet de Newton (also spelled Mewton) (1868–n. d.), ca. 1922. National Photo Company Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress
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Milagros Benet de Newton to Carrie Chapman Catt, February 10, 1920. NAWSA Records, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress
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Milagros Benet de Newton

Milagros Benet de Newton was a conservative women’s suffrage leader in Puerto Rico who supported voting rights for educated women. Other suffragists in Puerto Rico, especially those with ties to the labor movement, advocated universal suffrage. Through contacts with other North American suffragists and lobbying efforts in Congress, suffrage for literate women was granted by the legislature in 1929, and then universal suffrage in 1932. Puerto Ricans, however, remain unable to vote in U.S. presidential elections and are represented by a non-voting resident commissioner in Congress.

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