This statement by Anna Howard Shaw is the epigraph for The Vote: Women’s Fierce Fight, Chapter 12, Battle Cry: 1916—We have waited long enough.
In writing these posts, I am focusing on events that relate to the epigraph, although there is so much more in each chapter. Anna Howard Shaw directed her words—We have waited
The occasion of Shaw’s salvo was the 1916 Emergency Convention of the National
The audience greeted him with applause and cheers. Making no promises, Wilson cautioned patience, saying—”you can afford a little while to wait.” He finished and sat down. Rising to her feet, Anna
The top image is a statue of Anna Howard Shaw, located in Anna Howard Shaw Memorial Park, Big Rapids, Michigan. It is inscribed with her words: Nothing bigger can come to a human being than to love a great cause more than life itself. The middle, left image is Carrie Chapman Catt. The middle right image is Shaw, who was an ordained minister and medical doctor before becoming a full-time suffragist, and Catt, dressed to march in a suffrage parade. The bottom image is the headline for an article about Wilson’s appearance that appeared in a Tonopah, Nevada newspaper, the Tonopah Daily Bonaza, September 9, 1916. (Newspaper varied in the terms used for suffragists, including “Suffs” and “suffragettes,” the British term for militant fighters for the vote.)
Male voters defeated three woman suffrage amendment referenda in 1916: Iowa and West Virginia for the first time, and South Dakota for the sixth time! In Montana Jeannette Rankin won the election for a seat in the House of Representative, becoming the first woman to serve in U. S. Congress. Wilson was reelected as president of the U.S.
Chapter 12 includes many other events, including the death of and dramatic memorial service for Inez Milholland. The Vote: Women’s Fierce Fight is widely available in trade paperback and eBook. (Click on images to enlarge them.)