The Woman on a Horse
Kindred spirit to Crystal Eastman - and surely they must have known each other, although it'd take a bit of "going to the source" to find out if they were friends - Inez Milholland '09 was also an athlete (broke the Vassar record for shot put - 31 feet, 8 7/8 inches), an attorney, a charismatic speaker, writer, cofounder of the N.A.A.C.P., and legendary suffragette. In 1908, after then-President Taylor forbade two national speakers on women's suffrage to speak on campus, she organized a suffrage rally in the cemetery adjacent to campus. But she is perhaps best known as "the Woman on a Horse" who led a thousand women under a banner that read "Into the Light," down Pennsylvania Avenue on the eve of Woodrow Wilson's inauguration on March 3, 1913.
The Great Experiment
VQ Spring 1999
Photo credit: Library of Congress