Komako Kimura and Women's Suffrage
On October 27, 1917, twenty-thousand suffragists marched on Fifth Avenue in New York City demanding the right to vote. In the center is Komako Kimura (1887-1980), a prominent Japanese suffragist and actor. Kimura, along with Mitsuko Miyazaki and Fumiko Nishikawa, started a lecture series and magazine for women (May 1913-Sep 1923), both called Shin Shin Fujin (New Real Woman). She spent time in the United States, exchanging ideas with American suffragists. This photo can be used as a starting point for discussion about cross-cultural exchange and issues with a global appeal.
Photograph of women's suffragists carrying petitions to the Imperial Diet in the 1920s.
Credit: Donated by Corbis-Bettmann