2020 suffrage centennial is goal for campaign to put a woman on a U.S. $20 bill

$20 bill

The campaign to boot Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill and replace him with a woman has been gathering support nationally, including a grassroots voting campaign. It’s a way to bring the 2020 suffrage centennial out in the open by setting the year 2020 as a goal. Have you voted and declared your pick from a slate of 15 candidates? Do so. More women candidates are being added to the list. According to the web site, this is a process:

“The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment that granted women the right to vote. So it seems fitting to commemorate that milestone by voting to elevate women to a place that is today reserved exclusively for the men who shaped American history. That place is on our paper money. And that new portrait can become a symbol of greater changes to come.

“Let’s make the names of female ‘disrupters’ — the ones who led the way and dared to think differently — as well-known as their male counterparts. In the process, maybe it will get a little easier to see the way to full political, social and economic equality for women. And hopefully it won’t take another century to realize the motto inscribed on our money: E pluribus unum, or “Out of many, one.”

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Suffrage Centennial News Notes during Women’s History Month

New York State Museum

The New York State Museum, Library and Archives has issued a call to the public to give input and suggestions concerning the upcoming state suffrage centennial in 2017. There’s also more interest than ever in the 2020 suffrage centennial when the nation’s women will have been voting for a century. The “Spirit of 1776″ suffrage campaign wagon in the collection of the New York State Museum will be exhibited in 2017 at the state museum in Albany, NY.

NYC Municipal Archives

An exhibit through June 2015 at New York City’s Municipal Archives is a preview of what’s being planned for the state’s suffrage centennial in 2017 when New York’s women will have been voting for 100 years. New York City government has staff working on the 2017 suffrage centennial. Projects in New York include fundraising for a statue in New York City’s Central Park to honor Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

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A message from Dr. Helen Pankhurst to American women voters is part of the upcoming four-day festival and celebration of the Suffrage Wagon Cafe opening on March 28. The festival runs through March 31, 2015. Dr. Pankhurst is the granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst and the great granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, important leaders of the suffrage movement in England. Interest in Emmeline Pankhurst is gathering steam because of the upcoming major motion picture from the U.K., “Suffragette,” expected to be released internationally in October 2015. Meryl Streep has been cast in the role of Emmeline Pankhurst.

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Places where women made history: 2020 suffrage centennial in sight!

Women's History Month 2015The National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites (NCWHS) is involved in developing a nationwide Woman Suffrage Trail to commemorate the national suffrage centennial in 2020. The Woman Suffrage Trail will highlight each state’s role in the suffrage movement and collect material that will be included in a national digital map. This will augment national trails that have already been developed, not only walking and driving trails, but also educational websites, exhibitions and women’s history publications.

Examples of women’s heritage trails

Places Where Women Made History http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/pwwmh/

Arizona Women’s Heritage Trail http://www.womensheritagetrail.org/

Maryland Women’s Heritage Centerhttp://mdwomensheritagecenter.publishpath.com/heritage-trail

Florida Women’s Heritage Trailhttp://dos.myflorida.com/historical/preservation/heritage-trails/womens-heritage-trail/

New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail http://www.state.nj.us/dep/hpo/WHTrail_Book.pdf

Augusta, Maine Women’s History Trail http://dll.umaine.edu/historytrail/

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Audio reading from 1915 book, “How it Feels to be the Husband of a Suffragette”: Suffrage Centennial Special!

Rory Michael O’Sullivan reads from the 1915 work, “How it Feels to be the Husband of a Suffragette” by George Him, a special of SuffrageCentennials.com.

The entire book in the public domain can be found online.

Husbands of suffrage activists had a high profile in 1915, even it involved a spoof on the men of the movement. Dating back to 1848, men were involved in Votes for Women advocacy. Frederick Douglass is a prime example, although Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s husband found excuses to be out of town during the Seneca Falls convention of 1848. A total of 32 men signed the Declaration of Sentiments. Men belonged to suffrage associations and they formed their own support organizations.

The Men’s League for Woman Suffrage dates back to 1910. And the membership rolls of the National Men’s League could boast of 20,000. Some state legislators could be counted on to submit legislation on the state and federal levels. And the work of many suffrage activists involved lobbying men to vote for various legislative proposals. The National Women’s History Project has a quiz called “Men who Supported Women’s Rights.”

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Suffragist memorial fundraising is launched with 2020 suffrage centennial in sight!

VIDEO: Be on the Cutting Edge with your Support of the Suffragist Memorial! on Vimeo.

The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association is pleased to report that Sue Webb has stepped forward with the first $1,000 donation in the current campaign to raise money for the suffragist memorial that’s expected to be completed and operational on or before the U.S. 2020 suffrage centennial celebration. A second $1,000 contribution by Sue Webb is on behalf of her daughter, Abbe Saunders Fabry.

While American families are planning trips to visit the monuments to George Washington or Martin Luther King, many of us scrambling to make certain that a memorial to honor those suffrage activists is supported and funded. All of us are needed to make this dream a reality!

The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association’s campaign, “A ‘Grand’ Thank You…Memorialize the Suffragists,” hopes to raise the $1 million dollars needed to begin Phase 1 of the voting rights memorial. The cost of the memorial’s completion will be close to $7 million. The garden-style national memorial will be located near the former Occoquan Workhouse in Lorton, Va., where in 1917, dozens of suffragists were imprisoned. They endured beatings, force-feedings and dreadful conditions for “obstructing the sidewalk” as they stood silently in protest at the gates of the White House. The memorial design has been donated by Robert E. Beach Architects. The land and future memorial maintenance will be in the hands of NOVA Parks, the regional park authority.

If 1,000 people each donate $1,000, the current goal of $1 million, one phase of the total fundraising, will be realized by the fall of 2015. Volunteers interested in stepping forward to help raising this money are encouraged to send an email to: admin@suffragistmemorial.org.

Our thanks to Gerri Gribi for permission to use part of her original music for the video soundtrack supporting the suffragist memorial. Check out Gerri’s web page of other musical offerings from women’s history at creativefolk.com

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