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Inez Milholland: The Woman on a Horse

[ photo: Inez Milholland ]

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.

Read more in the Vassar Encyclopedia about Milholland's passionately activist life.

The Great Experiment
VQ Spring 1999
Photo credit: Library of Congress