Grandmother Edna Kearns took risks for Votes for Women

These suffs hit the streets in 1914 in Washington, DC to spread the word. Meanwhile, back in New York on November 3, 1914, my grandmother Edna climbed up on scaffolding high above the city. She was one of eight suffragists who volunteered to paint a billboard at 110th Street and Amsterdam Avenue to advertise a suffrage event at Carnegie Hall. See article. Edna was fond of clipping articles and underlining her name, just so people like me would be sure to know it wasn’t a clipping destined for the trash bin. (Photo above from the Harris & Ewing collection in the Library of Congress. News clipping from the NY Tribune, from the archive of Edna Buckman Kearns)


3 responses to “Grandmother Edna Kearns took risks for Votes for Women

  1. Mildred Kramer

    A great story. Another reminder of the risks people outside the political system were willing to take. Keep up these stories. I’m rushing ahead on the blog to see what happens next.

  2. I always love to see what Edna has been up to!

  3. A quote from the article: “Out of respect for the cause of votes for women, we have to wear very proper costumes today.”

    I love it!

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