New doc­u­men­tary fo­cuses on key suf­frag­ist

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES -

A new doc­u­men­tary tells the story of a New York na­tive who played a ma­jor role in the women’s suf­frag­ist move­ment be­fore her death at a young age.

Fri­day marks the cen­ten­nial of the death of Inez Mil­hol­land Bois­se­vain, who’s con­sid­ered a lead­ing fig­ure in the fight to gain women the right to vote. She’s the sub­ject of di­rec­tor Martha Whee­lock’s “Inez Mil­hol­land: For­ward into the Light,” re­leased ear­lier this year and screened re­cently at the Lake Cham­plain In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val in Plattsburgh. Mil­hol­land was born into a wealthy Brook­lyn fam­ily and be­came in­volved in or­ga­nized labor and the suf­frag­ist move­ment.

Dur­ing a gru­el­ing stretch of speeches at ral­lies, she col­lapsed in Los An­ge­les and died on Nov. 25, 1916. She’s buried in Es­sex County in the Adiron­dacks, where her par­ents had a home.

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