Julia Hurlbut – Suffragist and WWI Relief Worker

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Hurlbut leading members of the National Women’s Party as they picket at the White House

 

Julia Hurlbut (1882-1962)

Jersey gem: Born and raised in Morristown

Suffragist Julia Hurlbut joined the World War I conflict in Europe as a relief worker. She managed an officers’ club at Chatillon-sur-Seine in France and oversaw hut canteens for the troops. Hurlbut and her colleagues believed that active loyalty and support of the war would make women’s suffrage inevitable.

New Jersey women on both sides of the suffrage issue worked with the Red Cross in relief work. The group organized its female volunteers to help sew, knit, and prepare surgical dressings for the military. They also raised money in various Liberty Loan drives.

Hurlbut in particular had been active in the New Jersey branch of the National Women’s Party when its members picketed the White House in 1917. Arrested and jailed during the protests, she spent several months afterward speaking throughout the state on behalf of women’s suffrage before she accepted her post in France.

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