The suffragists didn’t take the insults by U.S. President William Howard Taft lightly when he addressed their organization, the National American Woman Suffrage Organization– back in April of 1910. Taft had been known to oppose women voting, but perhaps he’d at least be polite in addressing their convention. Instead, he launched into a tirade about how extending the vote to women would be a disaster. The audience hissed, to which Taft said that self restraint was part of the game. Later, the organization officially apologized to Taft, but the point had been made. The women were up against very powerful individuals and interests.

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  • Emily Belmont

    I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall.

  • Robert R.

    There are too many little-known facts about this very significant civil rights movement. I believe the Suffrage Wagon News Channel is making a dent in turning this around.

  • Womens suffrage or woman suffrage is the right of women to vote and to run for office. ..In the first of this short series on the ABC of Feminism Louise Whittle who blogs at HarpyMarx writes on women suffrage trade unions.

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