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Josephine Bennett and daughters Frances and Katherine of Hartford, ca. 1916, Record Group 101, Connecticut Woman's Suffrage Association, Connecticut State Library/State Archives.

Josephine Bennett was born into privilege in Hartford, but she was a leader in anti-establishment movements. She was the daughter of Katherine Day, who was a suffrage leader locally and nationally. She knew and worked with Mrs. Thomas N. Hepburn of Hartford on the suffrage and birth control campaigns. In 1919, Bennett was one of the suffragettes arrested for burning a copy of one of President Wilson's speeches in front of the White House. She refused to pay a fine, served time in a D.C. jail, and while there, joined a hunger strike. In 1920, she unsuccessfully ran for the U. S. Senate from Connecticut on a third party ticket.