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Alva Erskine Smith Vanderbilt Belmont

(1853–1933) Alva was a prominent multi-millionaire American socialite and a major figure in the American women's suffrage movement. Known for having a haughty manner that antagonized some people, she was also noted for her energy, intelligence, strong opinions, and willingness to challenge convention.

In 1909, Alva founded the Political Equality League to get votes for suffrage-supporting New York State politicians, wrote articles for newspapers, and joined the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA). She later formed her own Political Equality League to seek broad support for suffrage in neighborhoods throughout New York City, and, as its president, led its division of New York City's 1912 Women's Votes Parade.

In 1916, she was one of the founders of the National Woman's Party and organized the first picketing ever to take place before the White House, in January 1917. She was elected president of the National Woman's Party, an office she held until her death.

On "Equal Pay Day," April 12, 2016, Alva was honored as President Barack Obama established the Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument in Washington, D.C.


Woodlawn Cemetery

Whitewood Plot, Sections 133, 134.

4199 Webster Avenue, Bronx, NY 10470

Bronx County

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