Equal Suffrage League Founded (Lila Meade Valentine, Ellen Glasgow, Mary Johnston, Adele Clark)
In November 1909, a group of women met at the Crenshaw House (1891) to form the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia. The founders read like a Who’s Who of prominent women: Lila Meade Valentine, Ellen Glasgow, Mary Johnston and Adele Clark, to name a few. Women did not obtain the right to vote until later, and the ESL failed to include prominent black women in the group, but it was Virginia’s most successful suffrage organization. Today Crenshaw House is the home to the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies for Virginia Commonwealth University.
Image: Virginia Museum of History and Culture