Museum Suffrage Poster

Jay Lloyd

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October 25, 2018 - 7:00 am

New York, N.Y. (KYW Newsradio) — 1920 was a pivotal year in American politics that will play a major role in the coming elections. 

1920 was the year that women won the right to vote, and prohibition, a ban on booze, changed the nation. It was not a coincidence. Supporters of prohibition knew they couldn't win without the votes of women. An uneasy coalition was formed.

New York City saw the largest march for women's voting rights and the greatest pushback against prohibition. A current exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York spotlights Victorian-era women who defied society to set the stage for 8 million roaring Twenties women to cast their first votes.

Daughter and Dad at McSorleys
Mary Lloyd

The epicenter of opposition to universal suffrage and prohibition was the iconic McSorley's Saloon.

It defied the law and stayed open, brewing basement beer for the ban's entire 13 years. It looks now like it did then.

But women weren't allowed to enter until 1970. It's where my youngest daughter bought her first pint for dad.