election day

History, Policy

On this day in 1918, New York women voted for the first time

By Michelle Cohen, Tue, November 6, 2018

New York City women’s march, October 23 ,1915. Photo: Library of Congress.

Just as the rain shouldn’t be an excuse not to vote today, it’s hard to imagine that being female would be a reason to skip the polls, though we know that until a hundred years ago today, it was. Exactly a century ago, Catherine Ann Smith was among the first women to vote in the state of New York, as the New York Times reminds us. Ms. Smith joined Mary Waver at the front of the line, both cast their ballots in the early hours of November 5th, 1918.

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