Suffrage movement history is attracting new followers due to the UK's trailblazing example.

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“Up the Women”: Another season of UK suffrage sit com adds to more suffrage movement awareness


Trailer video for Series Two of the BBC Two sit com, “Up the Women,” the sit com about the English suffrage movement. Take note. U.S. audiences shouldn’t expect to go online and watch the new episodes. You can link to YouTube, however, to experience the fun and confirm that the UK has the upper hand in terms of pushing the suffrage movement out into the public arena. There’s nothing comparable to what’s out there already from the UK. The “Suffragette” film is due to be released in September 2015 and the book about suffrage activist Princess Sophia was published by Bloomsbury in January. Other books on the suffrage movement in England include novels, graphic novels, biographies, and various mass market books. In the UK it’s full stream ahead.

Video highlights of the “Up the Women” sit com: The “Up the Women” commentary on hunger strikes. A letter from Emmeline Pankhurst is the subject of this video clip from the TV series. Focus on a picket sign. Discussion of the suffrage issues, topic of this video –including the definition of a “suffragette.”

OTHER RECENT NEWS: Manitoba women were the first in Canada to win the right to vote at the provincial level on January 26, 1916. Nellie McClung, E. Cora Hin,  and M.J. Benedictssen were among those who made this possible. To celebrate this upcoming suffrage centennial, the Manitoba Museum is gathering items for an exhibit featuring  the women involved in the movement called “Nice Women Don’t Want the Vote.” It’s expected to open November 2015. Book about suffrage activist Princess Sophia just published is getting terrific reviews. Meryl Streep has been interviewed about upcoming “Suffragette” film from the UK expected to be released in fall of 2015. Highlights from SuffrageCentennials.com in 2014.

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January birthdays of women’s rights activists and other suffrage movement celebrations

January birthdays for suffrage centennial celebrations

If you have a favorite suffrage activist, there’s more than a remote possibility of something in that person’s life that can be celebrated, a suffrage centennial or otherwise, in January and during the upcoming year. Don’t rely on the standard observances. Create your own! The “go to” web site for the birthdays of activists and prominent women is found at the National Women’s History Project. The NWHP is celebrating its 35th year in operation in 2015. This organization has carved innumerable paths into the wilderness of American history. If you’re not subscribed to the NWHP’s mailing list, indulge yourself. And join as a member. Each month there’s an email about women’s rights activists and their birthdays. Whether you’re a teacher, student, or simply a women’s history or suffrage history fan, get on the bandwagon.

OTHER RESOURCES: A video about January birthdays of women’s rights activists to send to your friends and family members. Plan a hot tea get-to-gether at home or out on the town during Hot Tea Month in January. Another video about keeping the tea pot hot in preparation for Susan B. Anthony’s birthday in February. If you’re suffering from cabin fever, consider checking out this video about planning a trip to Rochester, NY during February to visit the Susan B. Anthony Museum & House and the annual fundraiser in honor of Susan’s birthday that attracts hundreds of guests each year. The speaker for 2015 is Lynn Sherr. More about the event.

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Plan a trip & a Susan B. Anthony party: Special article about Anthony medal by Kenneth Florey, plus February birthday party video

Plan now to visit the Susan B. Anthony Museum & House in Rochester, NY… also February 11, 2015 for the annual Anthony luncheon that attracts almost a thousand people each year. Article about the 2014 event from the New York History blog. And now, a special feature article to warm you up to the idea of real or virtual travel!

The “Susan B. Anthony Medal”

by Kenneth Florey

Susan B. Anthony, who was born on February 15, 1820 and died on March 13, 1906, unfortunately never lived to see the passage of the Federal Suffrage Amendment that she had devoted her life to and whose wording she had essentially created. To commemorate Anthony’s efforts, the National American Woman Suffrage Association issued a 2” bronze medal featuring her bust on February 15, 1920, the one-hundredth anniversary of the date of her birth. Although designed to honor Anthony specifically, members of NAWSA were also anticipating the ratification by the states of what some termed “The Anthony Amendment” later that year, so the medal really served a dual purpose.

An announcement of the medal along with its picture appeared in the February 21, 1920 issue of The Woman Citizen, which under its old name The Woman’s Journal served for a time as NAWSA’s official newsletter. The medal was designed by Leila Usher, whose name is engraved on the piece just below Anthony’s shoulder on the front. The reverse features two twigs surrounding a plaque on which Anthony’s famous words “Failure is Impossible” appear. The design was taken from a larger bronze medallion, also designed by Usher, that Dr. Howard Kelly offered to donate to Bryn Mawr College in 1901. At the official ceremonies to honor the bequest on April 21, 1902, Anthony and Anna Howard Shaw were invited to attend and both were present. Usher was a painter and sculptor, who was born in Onalaska, Wisconsin in 1859 and died in New York City in 1955. Unlike Anthony, she was able to see the passage of the Federal Amendment and to vote in all elections, local, state, and federal. ++

Kenneth Florey is the author of the 2013 book Women’s Suffrage Memorabilia published by McFarland Books and available through Amazon and the publisher. Florey’s next work, “American Woman Suffrage Postcards: A Guide and Catalog,” will be out in the late fall or winter of 2015 and feature approximately 700 different suffrage postcards arranged into six categories. 

Video about visiting the Susan B. Anthony Museum & House in Rochester, NY.

OTHER RECENT NEWS: Long-awaited book with six figure advance published about suffragette in England, Princess Sophia. Women’s suffrage highlighted in 2015 NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo inaugural address. Meryl Streep gives interviews about upcoming “Suffragette” film from the UK expected to be released in fall of 2015. Highlights from SuffrageCentennials.com in 2014.

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Long-awaited book with six-figure advance about English suffragette, Princess Sophia, published by Bloomsbury!

The UK is far ahead of the United States in terms of showering attention on the suffrage movement. And with a new book, Sophia, published by Bloomsbury and written by Anita Anand, 2015 will be a noteworthy year as far as reinforcing the UK’s trailblazing performance. Controversial suffrage activist Princess Sophia Duleep Singh, the subject of the Sophia biography, not only had American suffrage movement associations, but her connections to the English royalty made her stand out among her contemporaries.

The 2012 centennial observance of the death of English women’s suffrage martyr Emily Davison set a pace of public awareness of the suffrage movement that hasn’t stopped since 2012. And the much-anticipated fall 2015 release of the UK feature film “Suffragette” only adds to the buzz. The “Suffragette” feature film is directed by Saran Gavron, written by Abi Morgan. It has an exciting cast including Meryl Streep who plays English suffrage matriarch and activist Emmeline Pankhurst.

The Bloombury advance publicity describes the story this way: “In 1876 Sophia Duleep Singh was born into royalty. Her father, Maharajah Duleep Singh, was heir to the Kingdom of the Sikhs, a realm that stretched from the lush Kashmir Valley to the craggy foothills of the Khyber Pass and included the mighty cities of Lahore and Peshawar. It was a territory irresistible to the British, who plundered everything, including the fabled Koh-I-Noor diamond.

“Exiled to England, the dispossessed Maharajah transformed his estate at Elveden in Suffolk into a Moghul palace, its grounds stocked with leopards, monkeys and exotic birds. Sophia, god-daughter of Queen Victoria, was raised a genteel aristocratic Englishwoman: presented at court, afforded grace-and-favour lodgings at Hampton Court Palace and photographed wearing the latest fashions for the society pages. But when, in secret defiance of the British government, she travelled to India, she returned a revolutionary.”  For more.

Bloomsbury acquired the book in 2012 and paid a well-publicized six-figure advance to Anita Anand, a well-known British broadcast journalist. It’s expected that the book will elicit considerable interest in the UK, the US, Australia, and India.

OTHER RECENT NEWS: UK novelist lists top ten books about suffragettes and the English suffrage movement in newspaper column. Check it out and enjoy. Women’s suffrage highlighted in 2015 NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo inaugural address. Meryl Streep gives interviews about upcoming “Suffragette” film from the UK expected to be released in fall of 2015. Highlights from SuffrageCentennials.com in 2014.

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SuffrageCentennials.com is a multi-media public platform for announcements and feature articles about local, state, national and international suffrage celebrations, programs, performances, events, news and views. Regular postings, video and audio highlights. Submit announcements and events to OwlMountainProductions at gmail.com.

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VIDEO: Mini lesson about a great part of American history, the suffrage movement

Walk in our Ancesors’ Shoes! from Vimeo.

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