Who Was the First Woman in Your Family to Vote?

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Who was the first woman in your family to vote?  Friends of Women Leading the Way share their stories in writing and video.

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FLORENCE BAYARD HILLES
Florence speaking at a rally, courtesy the Library of Congress

FLORENCE BAYARD HILLES

By Jane Bayard Curley, Freelance Curator

My great aunt, Florence Bayard Hilles, was the black sheep of our family. She was also my hero. It was her tattoo that hooked me.

Whenever I quizzed my grandmother about her, there was an eye roll. “Oh, Florence! She had a tattoo on her arm. A suffragist tattoo.”
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ESTELLE BUCKLEY KANE
Elizabeth Kane Arturi with her grandmother, Estelle

ESTELLE BUCKLEY KANE

By Elizabeth Kane Arturi, Director of Advertising and P.R. at Dooney & Bourke.

My great grandmother and namesake, Elizabeth Doran, was born to Irish immigrants who came to Boston in search of a better life during the potato famine.
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LINA MILLER
Bryan Miller with his grandmother, Lina

LINA MILLER

By Bryan Miller, Author and Journalist for the New York Times

As a journalist, my job is to take the imprecise and, with facts and anecdotes, discover the precise, or close to it. This is how I investigated the first woman in my family to enter the voting booth.

My grandmother, Lina Miller, always asserted that she was born in 1900, more or less. I like to believe it was in the nineteenth century — more exotic. Either way she would have been of voting age during a tumultuous time in American history: Prohibition, and the Great Depression, the New Deal. These were also periods of great patriotism.
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LUISA NUNZIO-CAPRIO
Luisa Nunzio-Caprio on her wedding day

LUISA NUNZIO-CAPRIO

By Maria Frangos, English Teacher

My great-grandmother was the first female in my family to vote in 1917.
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FEATURED VIDEOS

MY GREAT GRANDMOTHER

MY GREAT GRANDMOTHER

By Zhora Tsouri, School Librarian, Lycée Français de New York     VIEW VIDEO +
MY GRANDMOTHER, IN CORSICA

MY GRANDMOTHER, IN CORSICA

By Vannina Boussouf, Head of Primary, Lycée Français de New York     VIEW VIDEO +
MY GRANDMOTHER, IN SWEDEN IN 1921

MY GRANDMOTHER, IN SWEDEN IN 1921

By Kristina Gretouce, Kindergarten Teacher, Lycée Français de New York     VIEW VIDEO +
MY MOTHER, IN FRANCE

MY MOTHER, IN FRANCE

By Roddy Rapson, French Teacher, Lycée Français de New York     VIEW VIDEO +
MY GREAT GRANDMOTHER

MY GREAT GRANDMOTHER

By Marlène Faraut, French Teacher, Lycée Français de New York     VIEW VIDEO +
MY MOTHER

MY MOTHER

By Bob Cenedella, Artist, Instructor, Art Students League of NY     VIEW VIDEO +
I DON'T KNOW

I DON'T KNOW

By Larissa Padden, Writer     VIEW VIDEO +

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