June 23, 2017
The BBC yesterday carried a story about some 50 boys from the ISCA Academy in Exeter, England, who, when denied permission to wear shorts on very hot days, resorted to the next best thing: they donned the black-and-white plaid kilts of the school’s uniform for girls.
Peter Lloyd, author of Stand By Your Manhood, tweeted the story, adding in reply, “Respect to these fellow suffragents!”
My Suffragents were a force of thousands of men who supported the right of women to vote in England, the United States, and much of the developed world. They, too, were willing to risk some performance art. Take this clipping from the New York Sun of March 17, 1914.
The James Lees Laidlaw referred to as having shapely enough calves for silk stockings was the head of Laidlaw & Company, a major investment banking firm of the day, and a member of the board of directors of what eventually became Standard & Poor’s. He was also the president of the New York-based National Men’s League for Woman Suffrage and became the only man whose name appears on the bronze plaque struck in the 1930s to honor the great women of the New York suffrage campaign. Now that is a suffragent.
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For National History Day contestants. Upcoming — January 30: Iona College. February 4: Sagamore Hill. March 27: Ephemera Society of America. March 30: TBA April 4: Avon-on-Sea Public Library, Avon CT June 4-6: “Métiers et professions des médias (XVIIIe-XXIe siècles),” Université de Lausanne. Link to past appearances.
Coming March 2020: Front Pages, Front Lines: Media and the Fight for Women’s Suffrage, Linda Steiner, Carolyn Kitch, Brooke Kroeger, eds.