Girl Museum interviews Ask a Suffragist author April Young Bennett about young activists in the suffrage movement
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The team at Girl Museum recently interviewed Ask a Suffragist author April Young Bennett as part of their series about scholars who study the suffrage movement. They asked, “What do you think is the most common misconception people have about young women and their place in the suffrage movement?”
April responded: “I think the most common misconception is that suffragists were all old ladies! We get that idea from the photos in our textbooks—mostly pictures of elderly women with grey hair. But most of these women were young when they became activists. We just don’t have many photos of them when they were younger because photography wasn’t widely available when the first generation of suffragists was young. Also, the older the photo, the more likely that it has been lost or destroyed before our time.”
April talked about activists such as Lucy Stone; Marie Zakrewska; and Margaretta, Harriet, and Sarah Forten who became activists in their youth.
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