What if the Texas Rangers threatened your family’s business? I don’t mean the baseball team, either. In 1914, the Rangers were called to shut down a radical Mexican-American newspaper in Laredo. Tejana suffragist and civil rights activist Jovita Idár held her ground in front of the paper’s office and challenged…

The ruthless laissez-faire capitalism of the 1900s treated factory workers as expendable. After 146 people perished in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in 1911, labor organizer Rose Schneiderman wanted revenge. She dedicated her life to fighting for workers’ safety, especially that of women in the dangerous and poorly paid garment industry

Imagine being too radical for both the Civil Rights and the Women’s Liberation movements. In the 1960s and 1970s, Black feminist Johnnie Tillmon and the National Welfare Rights Organization were just that. Their mission — rights, respect, and opportunity for welfare recipients — did not fit either movement’s narrative. So…

The American feminist Alice Paul went to England in 1908 to study social work. Her involvement with the British suffragette movement changed the course of her life — and of American history. This is the 1st article of my series Ask Her About Her Zero F*cks.

Newspaper photograph of American women’s suffragist Alice Paul, aged 24, in Guildhall Police Court. London, 1909
Alice Paul on trial at the Guildhall Police Court, London, 1909. Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune, December 19, 1909.

Look at this lady…

Amanda Reilly

Women’s historian who specializes in the 19th and 20th centuries. Consummate nerd, slightly old school, just wants to spin a yarn!

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