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2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative Created

The League of Women Voters of the U.S. (LWVUS) and the Sewall- Belmont House & Museum (SBHM), organizations with roots in the 72 year campaign for women’s  voting  rights has announced  the  creation  of  the  2020  Women’s  Vote  Centennial  Initiative   (WVCI), a collaboration commemorating the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment  which  added  women’s  right  to  vote  to  the  U.S.  Constitution.

 The WVCI will be led by a steering Committee and a larger task Force, which collectively represent  the  various  segments  of  the  historical  women’s  suffrage  movement,  contemporary women’s  organizations,  and  scholars. The list of members can be found sewallbelmont.org/learn/womens-vote-centennial

 The WVCI Steering Committee honored the convening of this initiative at a public program hosted by the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum and co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters on Wednesday, March 30, 2016.  The  program was entitled  “Women  and  Politics:   Advocacy,  Activism,  and  Influencing  Policy.”

The first project of the WVCI is a logo contest. The Initiative invites individuals and groups to contribute their design skills and creativity to the development of a logo and slogan (slogo) for use by anyone celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. The contest, which opens March 30th, will accept submissions through June 30th, 2016. A celebrity judge panel will help select  the  winner  in  time  for  an  announcement  on  Women’s  Equality  Day,  August 26, 2016. Details for the Slogo Contest and WVCI activities can be found at sewallbelmont.org/learn/womens-vote-centennial/.

Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative Task Force:

Miriam Bader, New York, Director, Education, Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Lucy Beard*, New Jersey; (Executive Director, Alice Paul Institute)

Robert P.J. Cooney, Jr.*, California
       Author, Winning the Vote: The Triumph of the American Woman Suffrage Movement
       Director, Woman Suffrage Media Project

Roberta Francis*, New Jersey
       Founding Chair, ERA Task Force, National Council of Women’s Organizations

Noemi Ghazala*, New York
       Superintendent, Women’s Rights National Historical Park, Seneca Falls

Lisa Kathleen Graddy*, Washington, D.C.
       Deputy Chair and Curator, Division of Political History
National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Lis Harper*, Houston
       Digital Consultant, Sewall-Belmont House & Museum

Page Harrington**, Washington, D.C.
       Executive Director, Sewall-Belmont House & Museum

Deborah L. Hughes, New York
       President & CEO, National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House

Jennifer Krafchik*, Washington, D.C.
       Deputy Director and Director of Strategic Initiatives, Sewall-Belmont House & Museum,

Barbara Irvine, New Jersey
       Founding President, Alice Paul Centennial Foundation, Inc.

Ida E. Jones, Ph.D., Maryland
       Archivist, Morgan State University

Marguerite Kearns, New Mexico
       Co-Chair, Inez Milholland Centennial Observance

Ann Lewis*, Maryland
       Co-Chair, President’s Commission on the Celebration of Women in American History, 1998-2000

Elizabeth Maurer, Virginia
       Director of Programs, National Women’s History Museum

Molly Murphy McGregor*, California
       Executive Director and Founder, National Women’s History Project

Denise D. Meringolo, Maryland
       Director of Public History, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Kathleen Pate, Arkansas
       Board Member, Arkansas Women’s History Institute

Sally Roesch Wagner, Ph.D., New York
       Founding Director, The Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation
Adjunct Faculty, The Renée Crown University Honors Program, Syracuse University

Judith Rosenbaum, Ph.D., Massachusetts
       Executive Director, Jewish Women’s Archive

Jennifer Scott, Illinois
       Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

Nancy Tate**, Washington, D.C.
       Immediate Past Executive Director, League of Women Voters of the United States

Marsha Weinstein, Kentucky
       Co-Founder and Vice President, Elizabeth Cady Stanton Trust
Board Member, National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites
Co-Chair, NCWHS’ National Votes for Women Trail Committee

Sydnee Winston*, Virginia
       Associate Producer, National Programming, WETA-TV

Pat Wirth, Virginia
       Executive Director, Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association

Jill Zahniser*, Minnesota
       Historian and Co-Author of Alice Paul: Claiming Power (2014)

*   Steering Committee member    **WVCI Co-Chairs

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TRAILER: Inez Milholland film coming in late April from filmmaker Martha Wheelock!

Watch the VideoThose interested in organizing special Inez Milholland programs will be able to launch their program initiatives with a new 15-minute film that will be available in late April 2016. Wild West Women and filmmaker Martha Wheelock are busy preparing for the release.  Here’s the trailer:

Inez Milholland is one of sixteen 2016 Honorees being recognized by the National Women’s History Project at a special Women’s History Month luncheon in Washington, DC. The noon event will be held at The Hamilton Live on March 19, 2016. For tickets, visit nwhp.org. For more information and photographs, visit InezMilhollandCentennial.com.

SuffrageCentennials.com is working to bring the story of Inez Milholland to American voters in this election year.

Visit the InezMilhollandCentennial.com web site for educational resources. Sign the digital petition supporting President Obama’s awarding of a presidential citizens’ medal in 2016.

GOODIES and resources with links. Plenty to support your programs.

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Great resources for the 2016 Inez Milholland centennial!

Inez Milholland shirtWebsites: InezMilhollandCentennial.com  

SuffrageCentennials.com

shop.nwhp.org/inez-milholland-centennial-c279.aspx

Announcement of Inez Milholland centennial launch for 2016.

FilmFilm: Martha Wheellock’s trailer for “Inez Milholland: Forward Into The Light”

youtube.com/watch?v=8UsYHHCaO6k, also Wild West Women films.

Inez songSong: www.lindasongs.com/audio/Inez.mp3

Linda Allen, lindasongs.com, album: “Here’s To The Women.” Song: “If You Had Seen Inez”

www.lindasongs.com/pages/discography.htm

Inez bookBooks: “Remembering Inez: The Last Campaign of Inez Milholland, Suffrage Martyr” by Robert P. J. Cooney, Jr. (American Graphic Press)   www.RememberingInez.com

“Inez: The Life and Times of Inez Milholland” by Linda J. Lumsden (Indiana U. Press)

InezInterview: Radio interview with biographer Linda J. Lumsden on Inez Milholland (see above for book links)

http://www.albany.edu/talkinghistory/ualbany/ua-lumsden-inez-milholland-1.mp3

Inez MilhollandAccount of 1916 Memorial for Inez Milholland in Washington, DC: Reading from “Jailed for Freedom” by Doris Stevens on tributes to Inez Milholland, recorded by Librivox and edited by Suffrage Wagon News Channel.

https://soundcloud.com/lets-rock-the-cradle/inez-milhollands-story-from

Citizens Medal

A nomination for Inez Milholland to receive a presidential citizens medal is on the desk of President Obama. Please sign the petition in support of this recognition.

Inez Milholland is one of sixteen 2016 Honorees being recognized by the National Women’s History Project at a special Women’s History Month luncheon in Washington, DC. The noontime event is being held at The Hamilton Live on March 19, 2016. For tickets, visit nwhp.org.

SuffrageCentennials.com is working to bring the story of Inez Milholland to American voters in this election year.

Visit the InezMilhollandCentennial.com web site for information about how you can sponsor an Inez event for your organization, become a partner during 2016, order books and buttons. and much more!

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Women’s History Month and the launch of the Inez Milholland centennial for 2016

Inez MilhollandA group of grassroots activists and a California Congresswoman have joined forces to honor suffragist Inez Milholland on the centennial of her death while campaigning for Votes for Women.

A nomination by Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA) to President Obama for Milholland (1886-1916) has landed on the desk of U.S. President Barack Obama requesting that he honor the nation’s suffrage martyr, Inez Milholland, with the Presidential Citizen’s Medal in 2016. This second highest of civilian awards recognizes Americans who have made a significant contribution to the nation’s progress. Citing her “vital” leadership in the suffrage movement, Congresswoman Speier called Milholland “a shining star in the pantheon of inspiring leaders” in the early 20th century.   The nomination is featured on the web site, InezMilhollandCentennial.com.

The Inez Milholland Centennial campaign is part of the National Women’s History Project, the 35-year-old educational center responsible for the month of March being officially designated as National Women’s History Month. Journalist Marguerite Kearns, descendant of a suffragist and editor of the SuffrageCentennials.com website, is co-chair along with Robert P. J. Cooney, Jr., author of “Winning the Vote” and editor of “Remembering Inez: The Last Campaign of Suffrage Martyr, Inez Milholland.”

The two activists have started a digital petition (www.change.org/p/help-honor-an-american-hero) and postcard campaign so individuals and organizations can show their support for the nomination. The project’s website offers further details, information and resources about Milholland, and newly issued “Honor Inez” buttons. The project welcomes partners and invites the participation of schools, individuals, and groups throughout the country.

This year is the centennial of Milholland’s death in Los Angeles of exhaustion and pernicious anemia. The loss of the charismatic, thirty-year-old New York attorney intensified women’s efforts for the ballot and led to the picketing of the White House in January 1917. “Milholland’s death reignited the drive for a Constitutional amendment and tragically emphasized the price American women were forced to pay to win their own civil rights,” noted Kearns.

“2016 is also an election year,” Kearns observed, “when American women will be remembering the long and difficult 72-year campaign for Votes for Women nationally that they finally won through the 19th Amendment in 1920.”

While highlighting Inez’s story, the centennial project encourages communities throughout the country to research their own local and state suffragists and celebrate their achievements.

As Cooney noted, “Inez Milholland was one of tens of thousands of women who worked for equal rights between 1848 and 1920, and we should know many more of them by name.”   The effort is part of the preparation for the national suffrage centennial in 2020.

A new 15-minute film, “Inez Milholland: Forward into Light,” is in the process of completion by producer Martha Wheelock of Wild West Women. A trailer for film, which is scheduled to premier in April, is posted on YouTube.

Inez Milholland is one of sixteen 2016 Honorees being recognized by the National Women’s History Project at a special Women’s History Month luncheon in Washington, DC. The noontime event is being held at The Hamilton Live on March 19, 2016. For tickets, visit nwhp.org. For more information and photographs, visit InezMilhollandCentennial.com.

SuffrageCentennials.com is working to bring the story of Inez Milholland to American voters in this election year.

Visit the InezMilhollandCentennial.com web site.

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Six days left on Kickstarter campaign for Inez Milholland film

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Inez Milholland: America’s suffrage martyr. She died for women’s right to vote.

Just six days left to join the campaign to introduce Inez Milholland to American voters. You can be a part of the push to distribute the beautiful short documentary, Inez Milholland ~ Forward into Light. With your help, Martha Wheelock and Wild West Women (wildwestwomen.org) will be sending 10,000 free copies to schools, libraries, organizations and anyone working to encourage voting.

Make it happen today ~ click over to Kickstarter, choose a reward and make a pledge.  You can see the trailer there too. Kickstarter http://tinyurl.com/hjzoqdw  Everyone should know about Inez. OR Send a tax-deductible contribution marked “Inez” to NWHP, 730 Second St #469, Santa Rosa, CA 95402.
The National Women’s History Project will help distribute the INEZ film.

SuffrageCentennials.com is working to bring the story of Inez Milholland to American voters in this election year.

Visit the InezMilhollandCentennial.com web site.

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