Inez Milholland Pageant Poster, 1924

Poster from a 1924 pageant, "Forward into Ligh"” about the life of Inez Milholland
A labor lawyer, World War I correspondent, public speaker, social activist, and New York society figure, Inez Milholland was the idealized image of a suffragist. Believing that people would respond to the parade’s symbolism and spectacle, she rode as its herald. Her strong and feminine figure symbolically led the way to a brighter future for women. Milholland suffered from pernicious anemia, she had been warned by doctors that constant vigorous campaigning would be dangerous to her health but disregarded their concerns to further promote the cause. She collapsed and died in 1916 while traveling to promote woman suffrage. She became the martyred heroine of the movement, forever remembered as the 1913 parade’s inspiring herald.
Currently not on view
Object Name
associated institution
National Woman's Party
associated person
Paul, Alice
depicted (sitter)
Milholland, Inez
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
white (overall color)
green (overall color)
purple (overall color)
gold (overall color)
average spatial: 14 in x 11 in; 35.56 cm x 27.94 cm
associated place
United States
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Women's Suffrage
Government, Politics, and Reform
Equal Rights Amendment
Voting Rights
Woman Suffrage
See more items in
Political History: Political History, Women's History Collection
Woman Suffrage
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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