Tribute to Elisabeth Freeman


Elisabeth Freeman


England, 9/24/1876


Altadena CA, 02/27/1942






Mary Hall


Clara Jane Freeman, John Francis Freeman


Unknown. Possibly Newark H.S. Newark NJ


Militant Suffragette and Activist


Self employed


Worked with the Women's Social and Political Union in England from 1905-1911. Worked for The NY Suffrage Party and other organizations in NYC, Ohio, and Texas organizing and speaking for suffrage. In 1916, she was in Waco TX and investigated a lynching for the NAACP and went on a speaking tour for them to raise money for anti-lynching fund. She was on the Women's Campaign Train for Charles Evans Hughes in 1916. In 1917-19, she worked for the Emergency Peace Federation and then the People's Council of America, pacifist groups. In the 20's she worked in the beginnings of the "welfare" dept in NYC and various other jobs, including the Lighthouse for the Blind. She opened her own antique shop in Provincetown for many summers in the 1930's.


Christian Science Church Fellowship of Reconciliation NAACP National Woman's Party


Activism, Antiques, Theatre


Elisabeth Freeman was a full time organizer and speaker for many causes. She was comfortable on a soap box on the street as well as on the stage and was known as an excellent extemporaneous speaker. She was one of a few women's suffrage speakers who also addressed the injustices done to American Negroes. She was also active in opposing World War I and was named in the Lusk Report as a radical. She learned her organizing skills at the feet of Emmeline Pankhurst and Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence of the WSPU in England and identified as a militant suffragette. She was also active in women's trade union support and was a friend of Rose Schneiderman and other figures in the labor movement.


Her life and activities have been documented by an extensive collection of clippings, photos, and letters, many of which are on the web at She is also featured in Patricia Bernstein's book, The First Waco Horror. However, more information is always welcome. Send to