Notice, Suffragents

The Village Sun: How Greenwich Village Played a Role in Women’s Suffrage, November 15, 2020

November 15, 2020


For the entire article, read here and the Humanities NY Amended podcast series here. Below is the reference to The Suffragents

Max Eastman, a Columbia University doctoral student, helped found the Men’s League for Women Suffrage in 1909. The organization’s first office address was listed as his home, at 118 Waverly Place near Washington Square. He later moved to 6 E. Eighth St. in 1917, and to 11 St. Luke’s Place in 1920. His older sister Krystal Eastman was also a prominent suffrage activist.

Brooke Kroeger, a professor of journalism at New York University, in her book “The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote” (Excelsior Editions/State University of New York Press) wrote, “The founders of the Men’s League knew that to help sway the course of history, they needed a full-fledged national, then multinational organization, with all the effort and expense that implied.”

Eastman was asked in 1912 by the Democratic presidential hopeful Woodrow Wilson to brief him on the suffrage question. As the anecdote goes, this resulted in their conversing on the subject for several hours.

“I like to think I did some important teaching during those hours,” Eastman later reflected.

Union Square has long been a focal point for parades and marches urging change in society.