The Elmira Telegram of 18 May 1915 reports that Mrs. Crystal Eastman Benedict is in Washington DC before the Commission on Industrial Relations to fight for women’s suffrage. She didn’t ask them to please, maybe, consider it. She “declared the commission should immediately report to President Wilson advocating a Federal constitutional amendment for nationwide women suffrage.”
Crystal Eastman was the daughter of Samuel Elijah Eastman and Annis Bertha Ford. Annis was one of the first female Protestant ministers in the US. Samuel and Annis worked as pastors at the Independent Congregational Church (now known as Park Church) under Thomas K. Beecher.
The Valparisio University law Review writes of her early years in Elmira: she was “raised in the feminist, humanistic, intellectual, fun-loving and progressive environment of the Park Church in Elmira, NY” (Valparaiso University Law Review, Vol. 28, No. 4 , Art. 6, p. 1306).
Her bio on find-a-grave reports that “Crystal Eastman graduated from Vassar College in 1903 and received an M.A. in sociology from Columbia University in 1904. She received her law degree from New York University Law School, she graduated second in the class of 1907.
In 2000 Eastman was inducted in the (American) National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York.” <http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=119302269>