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Definition of suffragist

: one who advocates extension of suffrage especially to women

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Recent Examples on the Web But when the Black activist Mary Church Terrell proposed that African-American women join the march, its organizer, suffragist leader Alice Paul, worried about the reaction of white Southern women. Janet Adamy, WSJ, "Black Women’s Long Struggle for Voting Rights," 31 July 2020 Both women were also passionate suffragists, and the struggle for the vote went hand in hand with the struggle for professional acceptance. Sarah Lyall, New York Times, "The Women Doctors Who Fought to Serve in World War I," 22 Apr. 2020 Ridley, who lived from 1861 to 1943, was an African-American civil rights activist, suffragist, teacher, writer, and editor, according to a Brookline School Department web page., "Bringing a close to more than a year of debate, Brookline Town Meeting on Nov. 20 renamed the Coolidge Corner School after civil rights leader and suffragist Florida Ruffin Ridley.," 26 Nov. 2019 Born March 6, 1922, in Streator, Illinois, a grand-niece of famed suffragist Susan B. Anthony, Dwyer was an important force in enlarging the flute repertoire. William J. Kole, USA TODAY, "Doriot Anthony Dwyer, second ever female principal chair at major U.S. orchestra, dies at 98," 18 Mar. 2020 Doriot Anthony was born March 6, 1922, in Streator, Ill., a grandniece of suffragist Susan B. Anthony. Washington Post, "Doriot Anthony Dwyer, trailblazing flutist, dies at 98," 16 Mar. 2020 The first major suffragist parade took over Washington, DC, on March 3, 1913, and the National Woman's Party, a political group dedicated to women's suffrage, was officially formed in March 1917. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Why Women's History Month is in March," 1 Mar. 2020 The two hosts will visit iconic sites of suffragist protests and take a tour with Congresswomen Terri Sewell. Lily Jackson |, al, "Alabama Public Television to air film celebrating women’s suffrage movement," 8 Mar. 2020 Previously, the abolitionist, suffragist and activist was immortalized mainly through children’s books and cameo appearances in dramas centered on other Civil War era figures. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "The True Story Behind the Harriet Tubman Movie," 30 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of suffragist

1818, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for suffragist

suffrage + -ist entry 1

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5 Aug 2020

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“Suffragist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of suffragist

: a person in the past who worked to get voting rights for people who did not have them

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