On December 2nd, 1916, at Midland Beach, Staten Island, New York, a group of suffragists attempted a wild publicity stunt, which involved a biplane, and then President, Woodrow Wilson. The idea was to ‘bomb’ President Woodrow Wilson on his yacht, the Mayflower, as it made its way down the Hudson River en route to the illumination of the Statue of Liberty. This “bomb” consisted of yellow petitions from “woman voters of the West” and leaflets in support of the Susan B. Anthony suffrage amendment. Written by Anthony, with the assistance of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, this amendment called for the extension of the right to vote to women. First presented to Congress in 1878, by 1916 it had been rejected by the Senate twice, and had recently been defeated in the House of Representatives in January 1915. Not until 1920 would woman suffragists be victorious with the passage of the 19th Amendment.
The suffragist pilot, was Leda Richberg-Hornsby, Leda was one of the pioneer female aviators of the 1910s. She attempted several times to join the US flying corps as a combat pilot in France during the First World War. Her service was refused.
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Photo # 1, Members of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, 1916
Source: New York Public Library (NYPL)
Photo # 2, Aviator, Leda Richberg-Hornsby 1914
Source: Library of Congress