Women of Valor


NY State Woman Suffrage Campaign

Lillian Wald, 1867 - 1940

"The greater number of [women] have been more concerned with that portion of the political life that is related to human happiness...the home life and family... Men have been more definitely prepared for other political and social duties. The mingling of the traditions...seem to me to give the best promise for securing better government."

Wald was a firm believer in woman's suffrage and was even asked by the leaders of the movement to run for political office. Although she declined, Wald supported the New York State suffrage campaigns. When the 1915 amendment failed to pass, one suffrage leader blamed immigrant voters. Wald pointed out that many immigrants, and especially Jews—female and male—were anxious to exercise the political rights that they had been denied elsewhere. Wald, as always, saw the women of the Henry Street neighborhood as her primary constituents, and continued to champion both the cause of suffrage and immigrant rights with equal zeal. She considered 1917's successful campaign a great victory.

  1. "The greater number..." Lillian Wald, "20 Reasons Why You Should Vote Suffrage." The Evening World. 26 October 1915.

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