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Iron-Jawed Angels: Circus Suffragists and the Fight for the Vote

By Rebecca Hopman On Sunday, March 31, 1912, a group of women gathered in the animal menagerie at Madison Square Garden to inaugurate a new group: Barnum & Bailey’s Circus Women’s Equal Rights Society. These circus suffragists – among them aerialists, equestriennes, strongwomen, and tightrope walkers – had joined the fight for the vote. At the meeting, well-known bareback rider Josephine DeMott Robinson reminded attendees, … Continue reading Iron-Jawed Angels: Circus Suffragists and the Fight for the Vote