Mrs. Rheta Childe Dorr of New York is one of the prominent members of the Advisory Council of the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage. Mrs. Dorr is a well known writer and speaker. She is the author of "What 8,000,000 Women Want" and was formerly editor of The Suffragist, the official organ of the Congressional Union.
Summary: Informal portrait, three-quarter length, Rheta Childe Dorr, seated at desk, facing left with head turned toward camera, holding eye glasses in right hand and newspaper in left hand, wearing corduroy suit.
Title transcribed from caption affixed to front of print. Name and address of photographer also transcribed from item. A second caption affixed to the verso of the print suggests that this photograph was created as early as October 1913, when Dorr was appointed editor of "The Suffragist," the first issue of which appeared on November 15, 1913. The caption on the print's verso reads: "EDITOR OF WASHINGTON'S NEW SUFFRAGIST WEEKLY NEWSPAPER. Mrs. Rheta Childe Dorr, editor of the new suffrage newspaper which is to be published in Washington, is a well known writer of sociology. She is the author of several books and numerous magazine articles on sociology and has traveled extensively on both sides of the Atlantic in the study of the industrial condition of women. The newspaper, which is called the "Suffragist" is to be published weekly and is the official organ of the branch of the suffrage workers which is endeavoring to influence national legislation for the cause. The idea of the publication as Mrs. Dorr explains it is to bring to the attention of women all over the country that they may have a voice in government by making it a political issue and electing men to the high public offices who are favorable to equal suffrage. Through the magazine the women are to wage their fight for an amendment to the constitution providing for equal suffrage."
Suffragettes Women's suffrage is the right of women to vote in elections. Beginning in the late 1800s, women worked for broad-based economic and political equality and for social reforms, and sought to change voting laws in order to allow them to vote. National and international organizations formed to coordinate efforts to gain voting rights, especially the International Woman Suffrage Alliance (founded in 1904, Berlin, Germany), and also worked for equal civil rights for women. Women who owned property gained the right to vote in the Isle of Man in 1881, and in 1893, the British colony of New Zealand granted all women the right to vote. Most independent countries enacted women's suffrage in the interwar era, including Canada in 1917; Britain, Germany, Poland in 1918; Austria and the Netherlands in 1919; and the United States in 1920. Leslie Hume argues that the First World War changed the popular mood: "The women's contribution to the war effort challenged the notion of women's physical and mental inferiority and made it more difficult to maintain that women were, both by constitution and temperament, unfit to vote. If women could work in munitions factories, it seemed both ungrateful and illogical to deny them a place in the polling booth. But the vote was much more than simply a reward for war work; the point was that women's participation in the war helped to dispel the fears that surrounded women's entry into the public arena..."