Male Suffragist Dresses as Woman

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In Wife’s Attire He Gets Proposal

Man Masquerades in Own Club, Starts Suffrage Row and Arouses Chivalry

The New York Tribune March 12, 1914:

“Winsted, Conn, – Clad in his wife’s finest raiment, with corset to give his form a feminine appearance, and crowned with a plume bedecked hat that was becoming to his tinted complexion, Lester Barnes went out on a lark last night and carried the impersonation of a woman so well that his best friends did not recognize him.

Furthermore, he received one proposal of marriage, he says, was the cause of an altercation and caused consternation in a men’s club, the rules of which say no woman shall pass its portals. Barnes himself is a member of the club.

After startling customers in a drug store, where he purchased a package of cigarettes and lighted one, he strolled over to the clubhouse, using his own key to get in through a side door. Entering the parlor where men were playing cards he introduced himself as a campaigner in the cause of equal suffrage.

All but two signed up. The lone two were officers, and they politely asked the suffragist to leave after showing ‘her’ the house rules. ‘Equal suffrage,’ ‘she’ contended.”

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2 responses to “Male Suffragist Dresses as Woman

  • Male suffragist dresses as a woman, Inez Milholland Festival 2014 and other news notes | Suffrage Wagon News Channel: BLOG

    […] “Male suffragist dresses as a woman” is a headline that’s certainly to get some attention. Great musical video of the Corrs sisters singing “The Long and Winding Road” demonstrates the power of combining women’s issues with music and bringing attention to African women. Online link. Another cool story about a suffrage quilt. Huffington Post has article about the lessons learned from suffragist Anna Howard Shaw. Many new New York History blog contributors wrote about women’s history during March, Women’s History Month. New  York women and their contributions to the Adirondacks. Ken Florey’s book on suffrage memorabilia reviewed. The Missouri Women’s Network Education Fund launched its 1,000 Strong Campaign to raise $10,000 for the bust of St. Louis suffragist Virginia Minor to join the collection of bronze memorialized Missourians. […]

  • Male suffragist dresses like a woman, plus other Suffrage Wagon news notes | Suffrage Wagon News Channel

    […] “Male suffragist dresses as a woman” is a headline that’s certainly to get some attention. Great musical video of the Corrs sisters singing “The Long and Winding Road” demonstrates the power of combining women’s issues with music and bringing attention to African women. Online link. Another cool story about a suffrage quilt. Huffington Post has article about the lessons learned from suffragist Anna Howard Shaw. Many new New York History blog contributors wrote about women’s history during March, Women’s History Month. New York women and their contributions to the Adirondacks. Ken Florey’s book on suffrage memorabilia reviewed. The Missouri Women’s Network Education Fund launched its 1,000 Strong Campaign to raise $10,000 for the bust of St. Louis suffragist Virginia Minor to join the collection of bronze memorialized Missourians. […]

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