Alva Vanderbilt Belmont: Unlikely Champion of Women's Rights by Sylvia D. Hoffert

By Sylvia D. Hoffert

A manhattan socialite and feminist, Alva Vanderbilt Belmont used to be identified to be domineering, temperamental, and opinionated. Her get to the bottom of to get her personal method whatever the results stood her in stable stead while she joined the yank lady suffrage circulate in 1909. Thereafter, she used her wealth, her administrative services, and her social famous person to assist persuade Congress to go the nineteenth modification after which to cajole the exhausted leaders of the nationwide Woman’s get together to start up a global vast equivalent rights crusade. Sylvia D. Hoffert argues that Belmont was once a feminist visionary and that her monetary aid was once the most important to the luck of the suffrage and equivalent rights activities. She additionally indicates how Belmont’s activism, and the money she used to help it, enriches our figuring out of the private dynamics of the yankee woman’s rights stream. Her research of Belmont’s memoirs illustrates how Belmont went concerning the advanced and collaborative means of growing her public self.

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