Worked in Buffalo for the Suffrage Movement.
Born in England on September 10, 1873, Edith Ainge was one of ten children born to William and Susanna Ainge. They emigrated to the U.S. in 1884. The Ainge family settled in the state of New York.
Edith worked for the Women's Political Union in New York in 1915. Harriot Stanton Blatch founded the WPU. She organized events to increase participation and awareness about the cause. Ainge helped raise funding for the suffragist movement and the political rallies.
On November 10, 1917, Edith Ainge and thirty-two suffragists were arrested after stationing themselves in front of the White House. Ainge carried a sign that read, "How Long Must Women Be Denied a Voice in a Government Which is Conscripting Their Sons." Arrested for "Unlawful Assembly," Ainge and the others sentenced to 60 days at the Occoquan Workhouse. Edith was placed in solitary confinement. During the time, many were tortured. This occurrence has been named the "Night of Terror."
Edith was arrested on August 15, 1918, for participating in a demonstration in Lafayette Square.
The NWP members decided to burn copies of President Wilson's speeches in urns. This demonstration was known as the Watch Fire. Ainge was the first woman to light her urn, and she was arrested again.
After the ratification of the 19th Amendment, Ainge continued to work for women's rights. Edith was elected treasurer of the NWP in 1922. She continued to serve on the organization's National Council until at least 1930.
Edith worked to promote what is known today as the Equal Rights Amendment. The amendment sought to eliminate the full slate of legal barriers that still discriminated against women in the home, workplace, and society at large. Her interest in women's rights extended to other nations.
Edith Ainge died on October 25, 1948, in Buffalo, New York.
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The last name Ainge is pronounced Aynge and rhymes with strange or mange.
1873 – 1948
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