Friday, October 26, 2012

On October 26

On this day in ...
... 1892 (120 years ago), Doris Stevens (right) was born in Omaha, Nebraska. Following her graduation from Oberlin College, she was a teacher, social worker, and Midwest regional organizer for the National American Woman Suffrage Association. By 1914, she was a full-time organizer for the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage; her cohorts included 4 IntLawGrrls foremothers, Lucy Burns, Crystal Eastman, Helen Keller, and Alice Paul. (photo credit) Stevens served 2 months in prison for picketing the White House, and recounted her experience in a book, Jailed for Freedom (2008). As our colleague Ed Gordon wrote at page 153 of a recent Green Bag article, Stevens was a friend of artist Jeannette Scott and so knew the artist's brother – and as a result, Stevens was instrumental in the visage of international lawyer James Brown Scott becoming the likeness of Vitoria (whose actual looks are unknown) in a portrait.

(Prior October 26 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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