Good Read | Awakened By a Yankee Girl
Proof positive why Inez is our role model as told through the eyes of a local Ohio newspaper. Bold added to emphasize how she made a name for herself at Vassar by standing up to its anti-suffragette President and by her shot put prowess!
From the Coshocton Daily Times (Coshocton, Ohio) Oct 9, 1909:
AWAKENED BY A YANKEE GIRL
MISS INEZ MILHOLLAND, WHO WANTS TO VOTE, ROUSED OXFORD AND CAMBRIDGE
After trying with vigor, but in vain, to convince the authorities of Oxford and Cambridge universities in England that she should be permitted to study law at one of the two venerable institutions Miss Inez Milholland of New York sailed for America to try her persuasive powers at Harvard.
Miss Milholland has won fame as a young leader of the suffragists. She was recently graduated from Vassar, where she conducted a vigorous campaign in favor of women’s votes.
She is the daughter of John E. Milholland of New York and London, and a background of wealth has not lessened her charm. Her bronze hair, large blue eyes and well modeled features make her a classic type.
At Vassar Miss Milholland kept President Taylor on the rack, inciting miniature equal rights resolutions among the students. When the suffragists of the state journeyed to the capitol at Albany for their annual hearing on woman and the vote the president peremptorily forbade Miss Milholland to accompany them, fearing her presence would accentuate the rumor that the college was a center of the woman’s rights campaign.
Aside from her political tendencies, Miss Milholland made no mean record at Vassar. Her scholarship put her well in the fore, and her athletic prowess was the boast of her associates. As captain of the hockey team she led her players to a victory that captured the interclass championship. She was conspicuous on field day and champion in putting the eight pound shot.