107th observance of the 1911 Triangle Factory Fire in NYC!


Inez Milholland, as well as many New Yorkers in 1911, were well aware of the Triangle Factory Fire and they were involved on many levels. In January 1910, Inez was arrested after she stopped on the street to speak to shirtwaist factory strikers. SuffrageCentennials.com has been covering the 100 years since Inez Milholland’s death and the many programs and events associated with it.

Spread the word and join the crowd on March 23rd during Women’s History Month, a month-long commemoration now in its 40th year.

On Friday, March 23, 2018, friends and interested citizens will be gathering together to remember those who died in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in 1911. Gather on the corner of Washington Place and Greene Street, NYC, at the site where 146 workers.mAll are welcome for the raising of the ladder, the calling of the names and the laying of the flowers.

New York University will sponsor a tour of the 9th floor of the Brown Building (where those who died in the Triangle Fire were working) prior to the annual commemoration.

Program for teachers preparing for 2020 suffrage centennial

HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS: MIREILLE MILLER is reaching out to high school teachers for a program “Women Leading the Way: Suffragists and Suffragettes.”


“For me, my painting and the entire suffragette movement are part of a fabric that stretches back more than 100 years to the time of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman…” she says. “May it extend far into the future and inspire generations of young and courageous women and men around the world to continue the fight to give a voice to women and all disenfranchised peoples,”Mireille Miller says.

OTHER RESOURCES:Declaration of the Rights of the Women of the United States,”* first read (under threat of arrest) on 4 July 1876 (in front of Constitution Hall, Philadelphia) can be found at http://www.lib.rochester.edu/index.cfm?PAGE=2941 

News from the National Woman’s Party national monument in Washington, DC


The National Woman’s Party (NWP) Photograph Collection has a  catalog of over 5,000 prints and photographs chronicling the suffrage and equal rights movements. Ranging from 1887 to the present day, the images feature the members and political activities of the NWP; the process of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment; the formation of the World Woman’s Party and numerous other topics including the political tactics of the NWP from 1916 to 1920. These include sharply worded banners, political symbols, and colorful regalia to stage visually charged protests.

Photography agencies with a political focus, such as Harris & Ewing, took many photographs of suffrage parades, pickets, arrests, and hunger strikes. The publicity generated from these images brought attention to the cause on a national and, eventually, international scale. The photograph collection is being cataloged and digitized. For information on how to conduct research or to request reproductions of specific images, please email: library@sewallbelmont.org.Check for events during February and March 2018 on the web site: nationalwomansparty.org


Women’s marches all over the United States on January 20, 2018!

One example of the many women’s marches scheduled for January 20 and 21, 2018 in the United States and around the world. One theme is the importance of voting and women running for elected office. A gathering to honor Inez Milholland, America’s suffrage martyr, will be held at Milholland’s grave in Lewis, New York. This is the second such event honoring Milholland.

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Gathering at the grave of Inez Milholland in Lewis, NY!

Second Annual Adirondack Women’s March Planned at the grave of Inez Milholland in Lewis NY on Saturday, January 20, 2018

In January 2017, in conjunction with the Women’s March on Washington, more than 600 Sister Marches took place, including one in the Adirondacks, at the grave of Inez Milholland in Lewis, NY. “It seemed historically symbolic to hold the January 2017 Adirondack Women’s March at Inez’s grave,” said organizer Sandra Weber, “since it was in solidarity with the march in Washington.”

To celebrate Inez and her fight for equality and human rights, about 400 people climbed the snowy, icy hill in Lewis Cemetery on January 21, 2017. “I was humbled by the massive turnout,” said Weber. “People drove from Vermont, Montreal, and all across the region. We had babies, children and youths, all the way up to 90-year-olds.”

In January 2018, the event will be held again. Organizers Sandra Weber and David Hodges are planning a combination of rally, march, and community celebration, for Saturday, January 20, 2018. The aim of the event is to show solidarity with women around the world. The event will begin at 11:00 am at the grave of Inez Milholland at the top of hill in Lewis Cemetery. The program will include a welcome address, poems, songs, and grave ceremony. Attendees are encouraged to bring signs, flags, and/or flowers to lay on Inez’s grave.

After the program, the march will commence down the hill to the new Inez Milholland roadside marker (at the corner of Route 9 and Fox Run Road), then up Route 9 to Lewis Veterans’ Park, and back past the Lewis Town Hall to the Lewis Congregational Church parsonage. At the parsonage, there will be soup, bread, hot drinks, and goodies. A lively program of sing-alongs, memories of 2017, and inspirational thoughts for the future is planned. Also, the Town of Lewis is graciously opening the town hall from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm so marchers can view the town exhibit about Inez and the Milholland family.

A special highlight of the Adirondack Women’s March 2018 — two showings of “Forward Into Light,” the short film produced by Martha Wheelock about the life of Inez Milholland. Viewings will take place at 10:30am (before the march) and at 1:00pm in the church parsonage. A short Q&A, moderated by Kathy Linker and Sandra Weber, will follow each showing. Women’s March events are also being held in Glens Falls (at noon) and Plattsburgh (at 3:00).

Annual fundraising luncheon at Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester, NY

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Valentine’s Day or February 14th in 2018 is the bicentennial of the date Frederick Douglass chose as his birthday, and it’s a day before Susan B. Anthony’s 198th birthday on the 15th.

Elaine Weiss will be the keynote speaker on February 14th for the 2018 Susan B. Anthony birthday luncheon at the Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester, NY. Weiss, a journalist and author of  The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, will highlight the dramatic climax of the woman’s suffrage movement. The book will be published by Viking in March 2018. Weiss has presented at the Library of Congress, National Archives, Smithsonian Museum of American History, Hull House, the Chautauqua Institution, and many libraries, historical societies, and universities.

Individual seats and group tables may be reserved by calling 585-279-7490 x 10. Contact Lesia Telega at 585-279-7490 x 12 for more information.

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“The story of Inez Milholland continues,” by Regina Ress

With women’s suffrage icon and New York University Law school graduate Inez Milholland as our inspiration, students, faculty and staff of NYU’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions created two major productions in the fall of 2016 focusing on the breakthrough passage of women’s right to vote in New York State on Nov. 6, 1917.

Darci Tucker, a storyteller specializing in bringing historical figures to life, created a performance for the storytelling series at NYU’s Provincetown Playhouse about women’s suffrage activist Inez Milholland. Entitled Upon a White Horse, her show was a combination of storytelling and Chautauqua talk with a question and answer session at the end. Dressed in a period costume, Tucker strode onto the stage fully in character as Milholland. In the guise of hosting a rally, she presented a quick talk about the history of the suffrage movement. Then, in first-person, she told some of her own story about participating in the movement. In the discussion that followed, more of Milholland’s story was shared with the audience.

At the end of Darci Tucker’s show, many audience members crossed Washington Square Park and attended a matinee of the play Hear them Roar. Under the direction of Professor Nan Smithner, a cast of students, faculty and a few outside performers were invited to join the fun. They created a “devised theatre” piece focused on the historic 1917 vote. The student writers researched many issues and activists, both pro-and con, involved with the vote in NY. Historical figures such as Carrie Chapman Catt, Max Eastman, Japanese suffragist Komoko Kimura, and leading anti-suffragist Josephine Dodge interacted with characters representing many of the groups and issues that formed the complex history of women’s rights, civil rights, and women’s suffrage over one hundred years ago.

After one of the performances, Professor Burt Neuborne, who held the Inez Milholland Chair at NYU Law for ten years, and NYU journalism professor Brooke Kroeger, who wrote the recent book The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote, presented a “talk back” session for the cast and audience.

Attendees at both Upon a White Horse and the nine performances of Hear them Roar (which included two special shows for middle school students), along with those of us immersed in the creation of these events, came away from the experience with a deepened understanding of the characters, the context, and the complexities of the suffrage struggle.

At the end of the play, the actors came forward as themselves to proclaim what issues they will “use their voices for” now. As we all know, the struggle for women’s rights, indeed, humans rights, has not ended. We, at NYU, were thrilled to be able to bring to the public these two intertwined productions that gave a bow to the fabulous group of people who fought for women’s suffrage and the rights of all to have a voice in our democracy.

Award winning storyteller, actor, and educator Regina Ress has performed and taught for over fifty years from Broadway to Brazil in English and Spanish in a wide variety of settings from grade schools to senior centers, from homeless shelters and prisons to Lincoln Center and the White House. She teaches storytelling at New York University and produces the long-running storytelling series at the historic Provincetown Playhouse in NYC. reginaress.com

Hot Tea Month in January and letter from Pat Wirth about Turning Point Suffragist Memorial!

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Dear Friends,

We’re in the midst of a resurgence of political participation in American democracy.  In 2017, women marched for equality in unprecedented numbers.  They flooded their representatives’ phone lines and filled town halls across the country to make their voices heard on critical issues.  Thousands of women attended programs to learn how to run for office; they not only declared their candidacies in record numbers, but they won in record numbers.

Today’s equal rights advocates are reminiscent of what millions of women, known as suffragists, began fighting for in 1848 in a small town in upstate New York – Seneca Falls.  They never gave up and won voting rights for every American woman. Five million crusaders from every walk of life fought 72 years to win the vote. Ratification of the 19th Amendment achieved the greatest expansion of democracy on a single day the world had ever seen, yet few know the full story behind this movement that included scores of women who picketed the White House who were falsely arrested, jailed, beaten, tortured and denied all civil liberties. Our association intends to honor all these unsung heroines with a national memorial that will elevate them and their triumph to their rightful place in history; it will be dedicated on the centennial anniversary of this significant milestone, August 26, 2020.

Your chance to make a legacy gift to help build this national memorial is rapidly closing.  The unfinished business of honoring “America’s original wonder-women” – as I like to think of them – is a once in a life-time opportunity.  We welcome all donations; for a minimum of $1,000 you can have your (or your designee’s) name inscribed on the memorial’s Donor Wall in perpetuity to become a part of our country’s living history.  Large gifts, financial or in-kind, warrant naming rights of specific memorial design elements and other perks; pledges are welcome.  We are anxious to complete the memorial so that we can establish the Turning Point Institute that will provide programming for youth from around the country to further the appreciation and advancement of America’s democratic values and electoral practices.

You most likely know that Congress just passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. There is concern that this may sharply reduce the number of taxpayers who qualify for the charitable tax deduction — a big driver of gifts to nonprofits. Please take advantage of making your and/or your company’s tax-deductible gift to Turning Point before December 31, 2017. Donations can be made on-line at www.suffragistmemorial.org or checks made payable to TPSMA can be mailed to Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association, 5400 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA  22039.

For further information and to see renderings of the memorial please visit our website,  www.suffragistmemorial.org. Kindly contact me directly with your questions at 703-201-3171 or by email. Thank you!

Warm regards, Pat Wirth

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