In 1907 Harriot Stanton Blatch, the daughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, started a new suffrage group, the Equality League of Self-Supporting women in New York.
She hoped to bring professional women such as lawyers and social workers together with factory and garment workers. Blatch served as president: the first vice president was Leonora Reilly, a labor organizer.
Unlike other suffrage organizations, this group did not charge a membership fee, making it easier for working-class women to join.
In the first year the group gained 19,000 members.