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Party Office: 1919

Party Office: 1919

Washington, D.C., 1919. "Woman suffrage. National Woman's Party, interior." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

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I'll second your Thank You.

I also wish I could thank these women for their hard work on behalf of women everywhere. And though thanking them in person is impossible, I *can* thank Dave for sharing this picture with the Shorpy gang!

I just finished watching the documentary Chisholm '72: Unbought and Unbossed, and it was TERRIFIC! (I had no idea a woman couldn't have a department store credit card in her own name in the late 'Sixties/early 'Seventies, or that single women had the highest car insurance rates because it was presumed that she would let her boyfriends hot rod around in her car!)

One of the most satisfying realities of my life is that my own father has become a feminist over the course of his 68 years. What a gift for his daughters and granddaughters!

Party on!

"Party on, Emma!"
"Party on, Dorothea!"


Is that a defect or a bandage on the lady on the left's nose and left cheek?

[It's the shelf behind her. She moved while the exposure was being made. - Dave]

Thank You

With all my heart, I wish I could thank these ladies for all they did. I wonder if even they could envision the choices we have now! I owe them a great debt.

Nice View

Their office looks out onto a brick wall. That must have been one depressing place to work.

The Movement

My grandmother was active in the suffrage movement until she had my father, the first of nine children. So much for freedom. These ladies look like they are serious mission.

In 1963 I could not buy a car in my own name. My father refused to buy it in his name. And I had a job. He did not believe in college, Bermuda shorts or bluejeans. It was not until I had my second child and started working that he began to see me as something other than a female. I think of him with amusement now. He just did not get it.


I'm amused by the electrc fans that turn up in all the interior photos of this era.
Hang tight, y'all.....A/C is just around the corner!

More like women's suffering...

you can just feel how stifling that office is... although the fan doesn't seem to be on. The office at this date was on Lafayette Square, and later moved to Alice Paul's home, at 14th and Constitution in DC. See here for details and additional photos online.

The Timeless Pencil Sharpener

So many things in this photo are still in use today, but in greatly modernized and improved form. The pencil sharpener on the shelf, though, is essentially unchanged from 100 years ago. Some things just can't be improved upon!

First Things First

"Right to vote? I just wish we had the right to a decent office, Dearie!"


All the gal on the left has to do is turn around, cut the string then watch her coworker get nailed in the back of the head.

End Women's Suffrage

VaTech, April 1, 1992: We put up a stand, handed out leaflets, and got people to sign a petition to "End Women's Suffrage Now and Forever" and "End the Suffrage of Women Around the World". Surprising how many people signed, and how long we lasted til Big Brother showed up.

Thanks for pointing that out.

Is that really the word "shelf" chalked under the, er, shelf?

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