Inez Milholland

26 Aug

Inez Milholland was born on March 3, 1886 to rather wealthy parents. Her father, John Milholland, was a newspaper editorialist and a reformer with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).   In July of 1913 Inez married Eugene Jan Boissevain, a Dutch businessman. They had no children since there marriage was rather short.

Inez went to schools in both Germany and England, attending Vassar College in Hudsen Valley, NY. While at Vasser Inez was a track star. She graduated in 1909. She then went on to apply to law school at Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge but was denied because she was a woman. She was admitted into the law program at New York University Law School. She graduated from NYU Law School with her LL. B degree in 1912. Afterwards Inez was admitted to the bar and joined the New York Law Firm Osborne, Lamb, and Garven. She handles criminal and divorce cases.

Inez had many causes that were dear to her. Her interests were prison reform, world peace, and equality for women and African Americans. Inez was a member of the NAACP, the Women’s Trade Union League, the Equality League of Self Supporting Women in New York, the National Child Labor Committee, and England’s Fabian Society.

She is most well-known for the picture of her sitting on top of a white horse. This picture was taken during the Suffrage Parade that was held in Washington, D.C. in 1913. This parade was scheduled to take place a day before President Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration.

During World War I Inez travelled overseas as a war correspondent for a Canadian newspaper. She wrote pacifist articles that eventually got censored by the Italian Government and had her removed from the country. In 1915 she was on Henry Ford’s Peace Ship, she ended up leaving the ship because it was 3norganized and there were disagreements amongst the passengers. Later on in 1916  Inez was on a tour of the Western United States, speaking for women’s rights. She had already been diagnosed with pernicious anemia, despite her health she continued speaking. On October 22, 1916 Inez collapsed while giving a speech in Los Angeles, CA. She died on November 25, 1916. 

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