Suffrage is a worldwide struggle in 1902. In Belgian, riots claim the lives of several protestors as they strike for equality of the vote. The Socialist party with a voice now that reform was enacted in 1893 organizes the disenfranchised since the new rules still give more votes to the wealthy and landowners. Initially, women's suffrage is included in their list of demands but dropped to increase the chances of change. They all lose.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton dies in New York City at 86. Her Declaration of Sentiments in 1848 at the Seneca Falls Convention in New York organizes the fight for women's rights and suffrage in the United States. We often think of her as an older woman, however, she is only 33 at the start of her life's calling. For over fifty years, including her time as a mother to seven children, Stanton works to establish equality for women.
In Binghamton, Carrie Barber and Lovina and Leoria Wilbur are active members of the Women's Christian Temperance Union. Emily is raised by strong women who give their time, musical talent, and voice in the struggle for women to be heard. WCTU meetings held at the family homes are a normal part of her life.
Day dresses are long, voluminous, heavy, and bodies are uncomfortably corseted. Women are bound and not only to their husbands or fathers.
Emily is five. She does not have the right to vote when she is of age.