Frances Witherspoon (July 8, 1886 – December 16, 1973)
Tracy D. Mygatt and Frances Witherspoon were prolific writers and absolute pacifists, who worked together in movements for women's rights, world peace, civil liberties, and civil rights. Both women authored plays, articles, poems, sermons, and stories, individually and in collaboration. They were founders of the War Resisters League and later served as honorary chairs. Frances Witherspoon was a co-founder and Executive Secretary of the New York Bureau of Legal Advice. Tracy Mygatt was very active with the Campaign for World Government from 1941 to 1973. Both graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1908, then lived and worked together for more than 60 years in the cause of world peace. Soon after graduation, they became involved in the struggle for women's suffrage and served as the first organizers of the Women's Suffrage Party in eastern Pennsylvania. In 1913, they moved to New York City where they joined the Socialist Party. Both were engaged in providing food and shelter in churches for the unemployed (called "church raids"). Tracy Mygatt, increasingly helpless and nearly blind, died on November 22, 1973, at the age of 88. Frances Witherspoon, gravely ill at the time, died shortly after on December 16, 1973, at the age of 87.
Timeline & Places:
• July 8, 1886: born.
• 1909: attended Bryn Mawr College, 101 N Merion Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010, Stati Uniti
• 1960s to 1973: lived at Stapeley Hall, 6300 Greene St, Philadelphia, PA 19144, Stati Uniti, sharing with Tracy D. Mygatt