New documentary focuses on key suffragist
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.