Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Harriet Stanton Blatch
Reading about a protest parade held before the Civil War, Harriet Stanton Blatch (hanging poster left) was inspired to organize the first huge march by women demanding the right to vote in New York City in 1908. Nobody had ever seen anything like it before: thousands of women dressed all in white, carrying banners and marching determinedly in precision down street after street. Equally comfortable with women factory workers and those in the middle and upper classes, Blatch was able to bring them all together to demonstrate that thousands of women in one accord is very in-your-face. Eventually, marches occurred with enough regularity that men started attacking the marchers -- slapping, spitting, tripping, even throwing lit cigars, but it didn’t stop Blatch or the other marchers until they accomplished their objective and won the legal right to vote.