12/23 – The Sex Disqualification Act of 1919

London in 1919. (Flickr) On this day in 1919, the British parliament signed into law the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919. The Act lifted all restrictions on women taking part in "public functions" such as voting, serving in public office and on juries, and working as lawyers. Additionally, the Act required that women no longer…

12/21 – Emma Goldman

One of Goldman's many mugshots. (Wikimedia Commons) On this day in 1919, American anarcho-feminist Emma Goldman was deported to Russia, her home country, for crimes listed under the Anarchist Expulsion Act. Goldman - born in Lithuania, then part of the Russian Empire - travelled to America in 1885. As a young woman, Goldman began writing;…