This dress has an important Pittsburgh connection. Any idea why?
This dress was worn by local suffragist Lucy Kennedy Miller around 1925. Lucy and her sister Eliza, as well as their parents Julian and Jennie Kennedy, were leaders in the suffrage movement in Pittsburgh. The sisters spent “many years advocating for women’s suffrage through speeches and political action,” Heinz History Center explains. Lucy was even the first head of the League of Women Voters in Pittsburgh.
After the 19th Amendment passed, the sisters “went on to wage a decades-long fight against corruption in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County government,” according to the Pittsburgh Suffrage Centennial Committee.
Speaking of suffrage, don’t miss the story of Pittsburgh suffragist and civil rights activist Daisy Lampkin, who is now honored at Carnegie Science Center’s Miniature Railroad & Village.
We’ve got women’s history stories lined up for every #ThrowbackThursday this month, so stay tuned. Got an idea for us to add to the list? Just hit reply and let us know.