Inez Milholland-Boissevain


Birth date: August 6th, 1886

Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York

Date of Death: 1916
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Early Life:


o Inez Millholland attended Vassar College and graduated in 1909

o While at school she “was suspended for organizing a women’s suffrage meeting in a cemetery”

o She received her degree,an LL.B. from New York University

o In 1913, she married Eugen Jan Boissevain

o Not too long afterward she joined the Women’s Trade Union League, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the Fabian Society of England

Start of Career:


o She was a lawyer that specialized in criminal and divorce practice

o She was an advocate for women’s suffrage, abolition of the death penalty, and the rights of working people

o Because she married Eugen, a Dutch citizen, her citizenship changed and she was threatened of being excluded from law practice, but she fought against it

o In 1916, she was instrumental in saving a New York farmer from the sentence of death by electric chair

Career


o In 1913, Inez was asked by Alice Paul and Lucy Burns to be the face of the women’s suffrage movement, to lead them. They asked her to do so because she was a strong, educated, feminine and confident woman.

o So on March 3, 1913, the day of new elected President Woodrow Wilson’s arrival to Washington D.C., Alice Paul, Lucy Burns, and other members of the CU joined together to march in a parade for women’s suffrage; Inez was on a white horse wearing white robes and leading the parade down the street.
Inez Milholland Boissevain preparing to lead the suffrage parade in Washington, D.C.  1913.    http://americancivilwar.com/women/Womens_Suffrage/Inez_Milholland.html
Inez Milholland Boissevain preparing to lead the suffrage parade in Washington, D.C. 1913. http://americancivilwar.com/women/Womens_Suffrage/Inez_Milholland.html

o Inez Became the face of the Women’s Suffrage Movement

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o As she started to participate more and more in the movement, she began to become an idol for all women.


o Around 1916, she set out to the west to speak and encourage the movement, even though she was not feeling well

o In Los Angeles on November 15, 1916, while giving a speech she collapsed and later died due to her pernicious anemia.

o The women suffragists held a memorial service on Christmas day in Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C.

o Although she did not live to see the passing of the 19th Amendment, she is still known as the face of the Women’s Suffrage Movement