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“I can hardly believe it is really true. I had…

can hardly believe it is really true. I had so little faith in men. I feared they would play tricks at the end.”

A Woman’s Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot

Note: passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified on August
18, 1920, the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote. The 19th
amendment guarantees all American women the right to vote.

Image: “VICTORY – We have fought for the things nearest
our hearts–for DEMOCRACY– for the right of those who submit to authority to have a voice in their own government.” June 1919, “The Suffragist” created by
American suffragist Alice Paul

                 “Why not just put me down as …

“Why not just put me down as short, stout, and gray?”

May 28 1919
“I am not ashamed to tell you that I am
63, although many take me for 20 years more than my real age,” replied
Mrs. Smith (pictured in the center) when the election commissioner asked
her age. “Why not just put me down as short, stout, and gray?”

In Nebraska, the anti-suffrage forces
gathered signatures to suspend a limited woman suffrage act signed in 1917. But the women suffragists fought back and won
their battle in court. Read this great story here.


                                                   “They will not go back”

‘May 21 1919 – The
real triumph belongs to the women.

objective was the national enfranchisement of women. A tiny step, you may say.
True! But the first step in the long struggle of women for political, economic
and social emancipation.

How revolutionary will be the
changes when women get this power and responsibility no one can adequately foretell.
One thing is certain. They will not go back. They will never again be good and
willing slaves.

It has been a long, wearying
struggle. Although drudgery has persisted throughout, there have been moments
of great joy and beauty. The relief that comes after a great achievement is
sweet. There is no bitterness.

All along women have kept their
faith in women.’

May-June 1919, celebrating the passage of the 19th Amendment –  “Jailed for Freedom” by Doris Stevens,  American suffragist, woman’s legal rights advocate and author –
Photo: May 21 1919: “the real triumph belongs to women”

On May 21, 1919, the House of Representatives passed the 19th

and 2 weeks
later, the Senate followed. The 19th amendment to the constitution guarantees
all American women the right to vote.

                “I can begin to feel the thril…

can begin to feel the thrill of “Homeward Bound” now and it is Some Feeling!”

Spring 1919, France – American soldier on his way home via the
port of St Nazaire, France
Letters from Lloyd M.
Staley to Mary B. Gray
– Photo: April 24 1919, St Nazaire, France –

Naval History and Heritage Command Photographic



“Equal pay for equal work is the only solution”

are many kinds of chickens coming home to roost since the war ended and one of
them is hatched from the unequal pay of women who
replaced men.

Many times, the soldier who
takes back his old job will find it so depleted in financial value that he
won’t take it as a gift: during the war few women replacing men in industrial
plants received equal pay and now manufacturers know that they can make money
faster while getting better work for less pay. There is a certain kind of
employer who will underpay his women and refuse to hire men for the same jobs.

When talking about the
difficulty of giving soldiers back their jobs, people should consider this:  in justice to the woman who does the work and
in justice to the soldier who wants his old job back, the principle of equal
pay for equal work is the only solution to this embarrassing situation.’

Spring 1919, The Woman Citizen, Volume 4 –
Photo American
women workers hand chipping with pneumatic hammers at Midvale Steel and
Ordnance Company in Nicetown, Pennsylvania, 1918 – US National Archives

Note: beautiful photos “Women at Work During World War 1″


                                              “Worry and care were thrown to the winds”

“We sailed
from St. Nazaire on March 13th. We were a happy
outfit. The first two days out were strenuous, as the weather is always nasty
in the Bay of Biscay, and the sea is always rough. There was some sea-sickness, but
nothing like what it was on the journey over, as the men were not crowded and
were allowed to remain on deck and smoke after dark, all of which was denied on
the way to France. Worry and care were thrown to the winds, and there were few
kicks left in the system of any soul aboard. The distance from St. Nazaire to Charleston was 4,135 miles. The vessel passed
in sight of the Azores and just north of Bermuda, and arrived at Charleston on
the afternoon of March 27th.”

1919 – History of the Fifty-fifth Field Artillery Brigade – Photos:
1919, a vessel transporting American troops leaves Saint Nazaire, France – Private collection – Matthieu1856
Delcampe, France.

                  “I brought him with me and h…

brought him with me and he has been my constant companion ever since”

“Peanuts came into my possession
during the latter part of 1918 while I was stationed near
Verdun, and from that time on was our mascot. He was a French dog, evidently, understood the French language
and has not forgotten it to this day. When we came back to the States, I brought him with me and he has been my constant
companion ever since. Like the rest of us he has not forgotten the war and nothing
pleases him better than to have me dig up some of the old overseas

1918-1919, American medic serving in the US Medical
Corps –The American Legion Monthly, Volume 12 – Photo: WW1, port of Brest, France, American soldier traveling with his French pup.

                           YOUNG AMERICA, CHAM…


December 1918, France – “Let’s open wide our country to the
bracing ideas and energy coming to us from America, the Land of True Democracy.”
L’opinion, Volume 11

“For the people of Europe, President Wilson embodies
the soul of America, a selfless country of justice and freedom, ready to break
traditions and precedents in order to reach victory and peace.” La Paix par le droit, Volume 29

Image: December 1918, illustration by

George Barbier, one of the great French illustrators of the early twentieth century

And ou la la! Not only cookies, one, two, thre…

And ou la la! Not
only cookies, one, two, three, but beaucoup cookies!

“Had quite a treat today in the form of sugar cookies!  They are something on the order of those
Mother makes and go good with a cup of hot cocoa!”

December 6 1918, France, George Rehn, American soldier’s
letter home  – The National WW1 Museum and Memorial – Photo: 1918, France, American soldiers enjoying “beaucoup”
cookies. Library of Congress

“November 27 1918 – I have been busy as …

“November 27 1918 – I have been busy as a bee. I
am the billeting officer of this Reg. and have to go ahead with the advance
cavalry patrols and billet the officers, men and animals of the Battalion. Have
to have a couple of interpreters.
Now here we are on the border of Germany in the pretty little
Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. These folks are treating us very cordially. It all
seems very much like a dream. Who would have thought it a month ago? Well
tomorrow I’ll be twenty. Haven’t even started life yet, though lots of times
I’ve thought it was the end.”

soldier in Luxembourg, on way to Germany – Eugene West, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, The Doughboy Center  – Photo: November 1918, American soldiers & civilians in
Luxembourg – 33rd Division in Luxembourg 1918-1919