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Inez Milholland

Suffragist Inez Milholland

Profession: Suffragist

United States of America

Biography: The American suffragette's greatest fame came from her appearance leading the suffragist procession in Washington in 1913, when she rode astride her horse, dressed in a long white cloak and crown.

The child of well-to-do-parents Milholland graduated from Vassar University in 1909 where she was a known suffragette, and inspired by an earlier meeting with the English women's vote activist Emmeline Pankhurst. She then became an advocate for children and women's labor rights in New York City.

She collapsed during a suffrage speaking tour of the US in 1916, suffering from pernicious anemia and died weeks later. Her passionate speaking had made her a symbol of the suffrage cause and her death made her its martyr. Her last words were addresses to US President Woodrow Wilson “Mr. President, how long must women wait for liberty?”

Born: August 6, 1886
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Leo

Died: November 25, 1916 (aged 30)
Cause of Death: Suffered from pernicious anemia (lack of vitamin B12)

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Historical Events

  • 1913-03-03 Woman suffrage procession through Washington, D.C. organized by Alice Paul and Lucy Burns and led by Inez Milholland. Ida B. Wells marched with her Illinois delegation despite blacks being told to march in a separate section.
  • 1916-10-22 US suffragette Inez Milholland collapses during a speech in Los Angeles (dies weeks later). Her last word's are to President Woodrow Wilson “Mr. President, how long must women wait for liberty?”

Quotes by Inez Milholland

  • "Mr. President, how long must women wait for liberty?" - Liberty, Women's Suffrage
  • "Not to know what things in life require remedying is a crime… It leaves you at the mercy of events – it lets life manipulate you – instead of training you to manipulate life." - Life

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