Lorde may be the latest pure heroine, and first to phrase it as such, but a look through history displays many other icons, all woman of beauty, power and bravery. And also, martyrs for their cause.
Let’s just hope we don’t follow into the latter category…
Inez Milholland is Alice Paul’s lesser-known friend, and fellow suffragette.
She rode on a horse during the 1913 Suffrage Parade in D.C.
She was a reformer not only for privileged white women, but also a ferocious supporter of the NAACP.
According to the Sewall-Belmont Museum’s Web site, “With her graceful beauty and eloquent speeches, Inez quickly rose in prominence as the public face of the suffrage movement”
She went to Vassar College and was a three-sport athlete (field hockey, track and basketball), and a logical debater. When she left Vassar, she had morphed 2/3 of the student body into fellow suffragettes.
Inez frequently picketed the White House, even during World War I, (but she died before the Espionage Act of 1917 made it illegal; yet it was still frowned upon from 1914-onward).
She died of pernicious anemia in 1916, when she was thirty,
never seeing the fruits of her labor,
the 19th Amendment,
come into law,