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Alva Belmont

Alva Belmont (1853-1933) was a prominent multi-millionaire American socialite who used her fortune to advance the women’s rights movement in the early 1900’s. She was noted for her energy, intelligence, strong opinions and willingness to challenge convention.

She was the daughter of an affluent cotton broker. She was educated in France, where her family moved after the Civil War.

After American women won the constitutional right to vote in 1920, Belmont took over leadership of the NWP. She herself reportedly refused to vote until a woman candidate was in the running for president.

Belmont donated thousands of dollars to the women’s equality movement and with her great wealth, Belmont helped the NWP establish a new headquarters. In later years, she became for focused on women’s rights on an international scale. More info

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