Fighting for justice for our current causes is important, but let us not forget the activists who came before us, fighting for rights that we enjoy today. Inez Milholland was an iconic activist in the early 20th century, a suffragist fighting for women’s right to vote. She died for the cause in 1916, collapsing during a speech after ignoring her health problems to continue campaigning for the vote. She is barely remembered today, ironic since she organized a seminal march on the Washington Mall in 1913, and appears in photographs of the march in flowing robes on a white horse.
So as we continue to fight for social justice, let us remember Inez Milholland and her fellow activists who helped gain women the right to vote.