Alva Vanderbilt Belmont

Alva Vanderbilt Belmont

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A New York socialite and feminist, Alva Vanderbilt Belmont was known to be domineering, temperamental, and opinionated. Her resolve to get her own way regardless of the consequences stood her in good stead when she joined the American woman suffrage movement in 1909. Thereafter, she used her wealth, her administrative expertise, and her social celebrity to help convince Congress to pass the 19th Amendment and then to persuade the exhausted leaders of the National Womana€™s Party to initiate a world wide equal rights campaign. Sylvia D. Hoffert argues that Belmont was a feminist visionary and that her financial support was crucial to the success of the suffrage and equal rights movements. She also shows how Belmonta€™s activism, and the money she used to support it, enriches our understanding of the personal dynamics of the American womana€™s rights movement. Her analysis of Belmonta€™s memoirs illustrates how Belmont went about the complex and collaborative process of creating her public self.Unlikely Champion of Womena#39;s Rights Sylvia D. Hoffert. Inez: The Life ... Mrs. Oliver H. P. Belmont, a€œDo Not Let Women Votea€”Slogan ofPolitical Bosses, a€ Chicago Sunday Tribune, July 14, 1912, section 2, [p. ... Mrs. Oliver H. P. Belmont, a€œWe Have Gone Back to the Worship ofthe Golden Calf, a€ Chicago Sunday Tribune, Sept.

Title:Alva Vanderbilt Belmont
Author:Sylvia D. Hoffert
Publisher:Indiana University Press - 2011-11-23


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