Marianne Moore: Poetry

September 5, 2022

Moore and Suffrage

Filed under: Poem Sources — by moore123 @ 10:57 am

MM and Suffrage

The New York Times had a story this week on an important suffrage leader from the nineteen-teens: Enid Milholland. It recalled Moore’s ongoing interest in women’s suffrage documented in Linda Leavel’s Holding On Upside Down. Moore, Linda notes, was in Washington D. C. when the famous 1913 suffrage parade took place. Warned by her brother not to march because it might jeopardize her job at the U. S. Government-run Indian School in Carlisle, Moore took part anyway. The famous leader of the parade, ahorse, Enid Milholland, Vassar 1909, was MM’s exact contemporary at Bryn Mawr’s sister school. Bryn Mawr had its own group in the parade and MM probably marched with them. While it might be tempting to look for MM in the many pictures of the event, there were a thousand women in long skirts, jackets or short coats, and hats on the Washington streets that day, demonstrating for what would become the 19th Amendment six years later.

Enid Milholland Leading the Women’s Suffrage Parade in Washington D.C., March, 1913

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