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Alva Belmont and Inez Milholland in 1913. Alva Belmont was a pro at getting publ…

Alva Belmont and Inez Milholland in 1913. Alva Belmont was a pro at getting publicity for the suffrage cause. On August 30, 1912, she hosted a dance at Easton’s Beach in honor of the suffragist Inez Milholland. Mrs. Belmont insisted on hiring only women waiters to prove that women were able to perform “men’s work.” She also commented that women waiters were not only as efficient as their male counterparts, but they also were less likely to drink the wine meant for the guests! The event ended with fanfare. Famed aviator Jack McGee flew his airplane along the beach with a huge “Votes for Women” banner trailing behind; he landed in front of everyone to the delight of the crowd.



Source: Preservation Society of Newport County

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