Jessie Ashley


Jessie Ashley born New York, NY August 6, 1861 (d. 1919). Pioneering woman lawyer; Socialist; suffragist; opposed World War I: co-founder and treasurer Bureau of Legal Advice 1917 aiding conscientious objectors; co-founded National Birth Control League 1915, editor Birth Control Review; arrested for distributing birth control info Carnegie Hall 1916; friend of Emma Goldman, whom she bailed out; supported Lawrence Mill Strike 1912.


War should not even be suggested as a means of social progress.” (Intercollegiate Socialist, April 1917, p. 9; photo Library of Congress)