Suffragette’s Memorial Service

by Harris & Ewig (1916)

This picture was taken at a memorial service for Inez Milholland in 1916, four years before the Nineteenth Amendment to the constitution was ratified. Inez Milholland was a lawyer, suffragette, and a public speaker. Despite her eloquence, she was known as the most beautiful face of women’s suffrage. Milholland would lead suffrage parades riding a white horse and wearing a white cape.

In 1916 she went on a tour in the West speaking for women’s rights as a member of the National Woman’s Party. She undertook the tour despite suffering from pernicious anemia and despite the admonitions of her family who were concerned about her deteriorating health. On October 22, 1916, she collapsed in the middle of a speech in Los Angeles, California at Blanchard hall and was rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital. Despite repeated blood transfusions, she died on November 25, 1916.

Milholland’s last public words were, “Mr. President, how long must women wait for liberty?”

Luke 10:38-42

38 Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. 40 But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; 42 there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”

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