Rose Livingston

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Unidentified striker, Fola La Follette and Rose Livingston in New York City in 1913

Rose Livingston (circa 1885 - after 1937) was an American suffragist and former prostitute. She was known as the "Angel of Chinatown". She worked with prostitutes and victims of sexual slavery.[1][2][3][4]

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In 1912 while trying to rescue a prostitute she was severely beaten.[5]

In 1914 she participated in one of the Suffrage Hikes from Manhattan to Albany, New York.[6]

In 1929, she was given a gold medal by the National Institute of Social Science.[3]

In 1934 she was found living in poverty. A retirement fund was established for her.[7]

In 1937 she was awarded a silver cup by Edith Claire Bryce (1880-1960) of the Peace House for her "deeds of courage without violence".[8]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Suffragists Give Talk In The Park. Miss Rose Livingston and Mrs. Myron Vorce Give Address". Mansfield Shield. October 13, 1914. Retrieved 2013-12-02. They were Miss Rose Livingston and Mrs. Myron Vorce. Miss Livingston, who is ... always spoken for women's suffrage whenever she has had the opportunity. ... 
  2. "Finds Mission Work at Home" (PDF). New York Sun. March 21, 1934. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "White Slave Racket. Rose Livingston, "Angel of Chinatown," Warns Mothers to Be on Their Guard". Lincoln Star. April 29, 1934. Retrieved 2013-12-23. Rose Livingston, who has devoted the greater part of her life to the rescue of young girls from the clutches of white slave ring leaders ... 
  4. "How Rose Livingston Works In Chinatown. Free Lance Missionary's Worst Enemy Is Mayor Gaynor, Metropolitan Temple Audience Hears". New York Times. December 3, 1912. Retrieved 2014-07-21. Mrs. Rose Livingston, the battling free lance missionary of Chinatown, left her work among the white girls there last night long enough to journey through the rain to the Metropolitan Temple at Fourteenth Street and Seventh Avenue to stir an audience of men and women with a few chapters from her experiences. ... 
  5. Mary Ting Yi Lui (September 2009). "Saving Young Girls from Chinatown: White Slavery and Woman Suffrage, 1910–1920". Journal of the History of Sexuality 18 (3): 393-417. http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/sex/summary/v018/18.3.lui.html. 
  6. "Fears Gang Will Kill Her. Miss Livingston Says $500 Has Been Offered for Her Death". New York Times. January 8, 1914. Retrieved 2013-12-02. Rose Livingston, known in New York City as the 'Angel of Chinatown,' who was one of the band of suffragette hikers which arrived in Albany after a tramp from New York ... 
  7. "Chinatown Angel Found Destitute". United Press in the Berkeley Daily Gazette. August 17, 1934. Retrieved 2013-12-02. Rose Livingston, the nationally known 'Angel of Chinatown,' who risked her life numberless times to snatch young girls from the hands of white slavers ... 
  8. Eugene Kinkead and Harold Wallace Ross (October 2, 1937). "Peace House". New Yorker. Retrieved 2013-12-02. This week Mrs. Cram is awarding two silver cups for 'Deeds of Courage Without Violence,' one of which is to be given to Rose Livingstone known as the Angel of Chinatown. The presentation will be held at the Peace House. ...