Who were the summer suffragists of Scituate?

  • Inez Haynes Irwin. An early suffragist and feminist. In 1900, she founded the College Equal Suffrage League with her Radcliffe classmate Maud Wood Park. She was a leader of the militant National Woman’s Party and wrote the party’s history. She was a popular writer.

  • Will Irwin. A muckraking journalist and writer, he became the second husband of Inez Haynes Irwin and joined her in the suffrage movement.

  • Caro Moore. An organizer of the groundbreaking 1913 suffrage procession in Washington, DC, and one of 59 profiled in the procession’s official program.

  • Mary Moore Forrest. Caro Moore’s stepdaughter, also profiled in the 1913 procession program. She was a founder of the National Woman’s Party, and a member of its National Advisory Council along with Inez Haynes Irwin.

  • Meyer Bloomfield and Sylvia Bloomfield. Both Meyer and his wife Sylvia were early suffragists. He was a noted lawyer, social worker and industrial reformer. He was an early member of the Boston Equal Suffrage Association for Good Government, and an original member of the Massachusetts Men’s League for Woman Suffrage.

  • Beatrice Forbes-Robertson Hale. An actress and suffrage speaker in her native England and across America, she was in the same feminist group (Heterodoxy) as Inez Haynes Irwin. Mother of the “suffrage twins.” Her husband Swinburne Hale was an early suffragist and officer of the Men’s League for Woman Suffrage in New York.

  • Judith Winsor Smith and Sylvanus Smith. Both Sylvanus and his wife Judith were early Massachusetts suffragists. Judith was a key member of the Massachusetts Woman Suffrage Association, and the New England and American Woman Suffrage Associations. She was a close friend of leading suffragists Lucy Stone, Alice Stone Blackwell, and Julia Ward Howe. She gave public speeches promoting woman suffrage into her 90s. She lasted the fight for woman suffrage and lived to vote in 1920. More information here and here.

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