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Missouri-born political activist Lily Winner (dates unknown) earned her living early on like many women of her era: by typing manuscripts of other writers. She went on to co-write a play, The Crutch, with Joseph Brown Cooke in 1915 and wrote at least one other play, The Child of Sin, as L. W. Giordon in 1932. She was an active participant in the struggle for women's rights in the early decades of the century, and wrote a number of articles for Margaret Sanger's groundbreaking Birth Control Review in the late 1910s. She served as a literary editor for the magazine in 1918, as did Lola Ridge. Sanger was a prominent figure in the Greenwich Village community at the time.
A news photograph of women waiting to cast their first votes on 111th Street, New York, 1920
Among Winner's causes was women's suffrage, which was finally achieved in New York in 1920; here, women are shown preparing to vote in their first election ever in New York.