Alice Paul and Anita Pollitzer at Susan B. Anthony’s grave.

“Alice Paul and Anita Pollitzer pictured at the grave of Susan B. Anthony, not dated. Black and white photograph.”

Photograph from the Anita Pollitzer Family Papers held by the South Carolina Historical Society.

On this day in 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified. (And you can thank a woman from Charleston for that.)

The 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote, and a woman from Charleston was one of the most influential women who fought for that right.

Charleston native Anita Pollitzer was a leader in the National Woman’s Party, which fought solely for women’s suffrage. Though her experiences in New York shaped her feminist values, she tried to bring those values to her home state

In South Carolina, Pollitzer and her sisters became the founding members of the South Carolina branch of the Congressional Union, which would later became part of the National Woman’s Party

And according to veteran suffragist and National Woman’s Party Founder Alice Paul, Pollitzer was a real force.

“She has unusual courage, independence of thought, and intelligence,” Paul wrote of Pollitzer in a letter of recommendation. “She is very loyal to those she works for and with. She has a high sense of honor.”

Anita Pollitzer, you are one strong woman. Thank you.

Originally posted by midsummermaiden

(📷  credit: Anita Pollitzer Papers, South Carolina Historical Society)

I think we must even keep ourselves from feeling too much

You mustn’t get so excited… You wear out the most precious things you have by letting your emotions and feelings run riot at such a rate… Dont you think we need to conserve our energies — emotions and feelings for what we are going to make the big things in our lives instead of letting so much run away on the little things everyday

Self-control is a wonderful thing — I think we must even keep ourselves from feeling to much — often — if we are going to keep sane and see with a clear unprejudiced vision —

I do not want to preach to you — I like you like you are — but I would like to think you had a string on yourself and that you were not wearing yourself all out feeling and living now — save a little so you can live always 

~ Georgia O'Keefe,  Lovingly, Georgia: The Complete Correspondence of Georgia O’Keeffe and Anita Pollitzer