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Suffragist Inez Milholland is a “shining star,” according to U.S. Representative Jackie Speier

Inez Milholland, suffrage martyr

Sign the petition urging U.S President Obama to award suffragist Inez Milholland with a Presidential Citizen’s Medal.

In a letter where U.S. Representative Jackie Speier nominated suffrage activist Inez Milholland for the Presidential Citizens Medal, America’s suffrage martyr was described as “…a shining star in the pantheon of inspiring leaders of the women’s suffrage movement in the early 20th century.”

During the 2016 election  year, Milholland will be honored. It’s the centennial year of Milholland’s death. And during 2017, Milholland will also receive her share of recognition during the centennial observance of New York State’s suffrage centennial when New York women will have been voting for 100 years.

Happy New Year from Suffrage CentennialsU.S. Representative Speier described Milholland’s sacrifice in her letter to U.S. President Obama:

“Inez Milholland continued working tirelessly for the women’s suffrage movement for several years when she embarked –against medical advice because of a medical condition– on a grueling five week, eleven state tour of the western United States. At one of the stops…while speaking at a rally advocating for the constitutional amendment for universal suffrage, she suddenly collapsed. Her last public words were ‘Mr. President, how long must women wait for liberty’? She never recovered and died in a hospital some weeks later at age 30 in 1916. Suffragists at that time termed her a ‘martyr’ for women’s suffrage. She was given a martyr’s remembrance on Christmas Day, attended by over a thousand people under the rotunda at Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol –the first woman to be honored in this way.”

U.S. Representative Speier concluded: “As the centennial of her death and of the 19th Amendment approach, I can think of no better way to honor her memory than with this long overdue award. Therefore, I am proud to submit the name of Inez Milholland as a nominee for the Presidential Citizen’s Medal.”

The Inez Milholland Centennial observance is a special project of the National Women’s History Project. Marguerite Kearns and Robert P.J. Cooney Jr. are cochairs of this national initiative. Visit the web site for more information. Become a partner. SuffrageCentennials.com is a partner in the Inez Milholland centennial observance.

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The year 2017 seems like a long way into the future to be planning for women’s suffrage centennial events and special programs. But work is already underway for 2017 and the 100th anniversary of the Silent Sentinels picketing the White House in 1917. And 2017 is also the year for the New York State suffrage centennial.

Projects in the works include a national suffragist memorial in Lorton, Virginia; the continuation of the Women on 20s campaign; a proposed statue of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony in NYC’s Central Park; a new effort by the National Women’s History Project to gather support for the designation of August 26th as a national holiday; and a 2016 centennial observance for Inez Milholland, American’s suffrage martyr. There’s also support for funding New York State’s women’s suffrage centennial commission, plus more in the works.

If the education and fundraising arm of your organization is interested in planning ahead, you’ll have access now to some great presenters whose schedules are filling up NOW. Celebrate women’s freedom to vote and be on the front lines in your community and region.

When planning for your organization, consider a five-year plan that will take your group through the 2020 national centyennial observance when American women will have been voting for 100 years.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Letter to NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo supports 2017 suffrage centennial funding!

2017-goldDecember 23, 2015

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of New York State, NYS State Capitol Building, Albany, NY 12224

Dear Governor Cuomo,

We, the undersigned, write to thank you for signing into law last month the legislation creating the New York State Women’s Suffrage 100th Anniversary Commemoration Commission. New York’s accomplishment in 1917, of women winning the franchise three years before ratification of the 19th Amendment, deserves broad celebration, public education, and promotion.

This anniversary can – and must – be our moment to prominently place New York State in the national and international context that our history deserves, while also helping to shape the future of the struggle for full equality that women have still not achieved. We humbly suggest that it is an opportunity to create a legacy that brands New York State as a place where equality and opportunity for all people are truly valued and celebrated.

Therefore, as you prepare your executive budget for the upcoming fiscal year, we ask that this once-in- a-lifetime anniversary be recognized with resources commensurate to the occasion. Moreover, investments during this period can create tourism destinations that will continue to generate income for the state and local communities and create jobs for years to come.

As the Commission will begin its work in 2016, and the celebrations should build toward the national anniversary in 2020, it is essential that multi-year funding be appropriated. Specifically, we request that funding be included, beginning for:

staff support and related expenses for the Commission itself; Centennial events, tourism packages, conferences, and programs during 2016-2020; investment in “the product” – capital investment funds for the more than two dozen historical and cultural resources related to women’s history statewide; and marketing to promote the events and sites, including web development, social media, and other mechanisms, for example through I Love NY.

Females comprise more than 51 per cent of the state’s population. The acknowledged birthplace of the American women’s rights movement – and arguably the international women’s rights movement – is in New York State. This is a legacy opportunity that we are confident will benefit the entire state.

Thank you very much for your consideration

Sincerely,

Martha Robertson  and Susan Zimet, Friends of Women’s Rights National Historical Park and President, 2020: Project Women.

CC: Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul Mary Beth Labate, Director, Division of the Budget FY2016-2017.

Signers: New  York State Cultural Heritage Network, Lynn Herzig, Coordinator, 63 members; Philip P. Arnold, Ph.D., Director, Skänoñh—Great Law of Peace Center Syracuse University Syracuse, NY; Heidi Bamford, Western New York Library Resources Council Buffalo, NY; Dr. Betty M. Bayer, Professor, Women’s Studies Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY; Louise Bernikow, Gotham Center for New York History, New York, NY; Tara Bloyd, “Spirit of 1776” Suffrage Wagon, Santa Fe, NM; Sandi Brewster-Walker, Chair and Executive Director, Long Island Indigenous People Museum; David Bruinix, Macedon, NY; Bonnie Callaghan, South Bristol, NY; Menzo Case, Generations Bank and Right to Run 19K, Seneca Falls, NY; Billye Chabot, Executive Director, Seward House Museum Auburn, NY; Dik Cool, Publisher, Syracuse Cultural Workers Syracuse, NY; Robert P. J. Cooney, Jr., National Women’s History Project Half Moon Bay, CA; Julia Corrice, Chair, New York Heritage Digital Collections’ Women’s Suffrage Centennial Committee South Central Regional Library Council Ithaca, NY; Sarah Craig, Executive Director, Caffe Lena Saratoga Springs, NY; William G. Dolback, President, Ticonderoga Historical Society, Ticonderoga, NY; Patricia F. Dolton, Historian for Town of Greenwich Washington County, NY; Kevin S. Douglas, Advisor, World War One Centennial Commission New York, NY; Adriene Emmo, Treasurer, Friends of Women’s Rights National Historical Park Founding member, Women’s Institute for Leadership and Learning Seneca Falls, NY; Dr. Peter Feinman, Institute of History, Archaeology, and Education Purchase, NY; Susan Goodier, Ph.D., Editor, New York History Journal Public Scholar, New York Council for the Humanities SUNY Oneonta Department of History, Oneonta, NY and Hamilton College, Clinton, NY; Alice Graves, MLIS, Hospital Library Services Program Manager Southeastern NY Library Resources Council Highland, NY;  Melinda E. Grube, Ph.D., Cayuga Community College, Phelps, NY; Kimberly Harvish, Educator, Chapman Historical Museum Glens Falls, NY; Robert Hest, Director, New York Cultural Heritage Tourism Network Mountain View, NY; Linda Hoffmann, Ithaca, NY; Andrea Holroyd, Old Songs, Inc. Voorheesville, NY; Barbara Howard, Yonkers, NY Women on the 20s Campaign; Deborah L. Hughes, President & CEO National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House Rochester, NY; Lyle Jenks, President, Board of Trustees 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse Museum Ontario County, NY; Marguerite Kearns, Co-Chair, Inez Milholland Centennial, National Women’s History Project; Susan Lesser, Ithaca, NY; Bruce Levy, Plainview, NY; Mary-Carol Lindbloom, Executive Director, South Central Regional Library Council Dryden, NY; Kerry Lippincott, Executive Director, Geneva Historical Society Geneva, NY; Judith A. Lonnquist, Esq., Friends of Women’s Rights National Historical Park Seneca Falls, NY; James G. Loperfido, Cayuga County Arts Council Auburn, NY; Jody Luce, Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark Peterboro NY; Katie MacIntyre, Generations Bank and Right to Run 19K, Seneca Falls, NY; Nancy Mion, Bayport, NY; Ilka Morse; Capital District Library Council Albany, NY; Ann Morton, Morton Archaeological Research Services Macedon, NY; Reginald Neale, 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse Museum Executive Committee Ontario County, NY; Carmen Negron, Wesley Hills, NY; Brian C. O’Connor, MA, MSLS, North Country Community College Saranac Lake, NY; Diane O’Connor, Ticonderoga Historical Society Ticonderoga, NY; Laura Osterhout, M.L.S., Rochester Regional Library Council Fairport, NY; Valerie Paley, Ph.D., Vice President, Chief Historian and Dean of Scholarly Programs, Director, Center for the Study of Women’s History New-York Historical Society New York, NY; Jennifer Palmentiero, Southeastern NY Library Resources Council Highland, NY; Antonia Petrash, Long Island Woman Suffrage Association Glen Cove, NY; Jane Plitt, Campaign Coordinator Friends of the Women’s Rights National Historical Park Seneca Falls, NY; Kathy Rand, Friends of Women’s Rights National Historical Park, Seneca Falls, NY; Diane Robinson, former Farmington Town Historian Farmington, NY; Joan E. Seaman, Long Island Library Resources Council Long Island, New York; Andy Spence, Old Songs, Inc. Voorheesville, NY; Kay Spence, Old Songs, Inc. Voorheesville, NY; Martha Swan, Executive Director, John Brown Lives! Westport, NY; Olivia Twine, Historical Society of Woodstock, Woodstock, NY; Dr. Sara B. Varhus, Vice President for Academic Affairs Nazareth College Rochester, NY; Edward Varno, Executive Director Ontario County Historical Society Canandaigua, NY; Sally Roesch Wagner, Ph.D.; Founding Director, The Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, Adjunct Faculty, The Renée Crown University Honors Program, Syracuse University Public Scholar, New York Council for the Humanities; Cassie Ward, Executive Director, New Castle Historical Society, Horace Greeley House Chappaqua, NY; Dr. Marie Watkins, Canandaigua, NY; Judith M. Wellman, Director, Historical New York Research Associates Professor Emerita, State University of New York at Oswego; Kerri Willette, Metropolitan NY Library Council New York, NY; Doris Wolf, Third great granddaughter of Susan B Anthony’s grandmother Waterloo, NY; Carol Ritter Wright, Fairport, NY.

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ACTION ALERT: Sign letter supporting funding for NYS Suffrage Centennial Commission!

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A letter goes out right before the Christmas break to NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo thanking him for signing the bill creating a New York State suffrage commission that will begin work in 2016. The idea is to add funding to enable gearing up for the 2017 state observance and onward to the national 2020 suffrage centennial when American women will have been voting for 100 years. Send an email TODAY to:

martha.o.robertson@gmail.com

Tell Martha Robertson that you’d like to sign onto the letter so that the goal of 50-60 signers can be met before the holiday. Your signature will make a difference!

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NEWS ALERT: Four U.S. states have women’s suffrage centennial celebrations before 2020. Find out more in this video.

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Bold initiatives underway for the future make equality & women’s history a priority!

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IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER: Eighty-one percent of the electorate who will pick the U.S. President in 2016 are either women, people of color, or young people between the ages of 18 and 35.

The National Women’s History Project is requesting donations for a new initiative to make August 26th, Women’s Independence Day (also known as Women’s Equality Day), a federal holiday. The NWHP, now in its 35th year, is hard at work in preparation for the 2020 suffrage centennial, as well as the 2016 launch of the Inez Milholland Centennial, a year-long campaign directed by Marguerite Kearns and Robert P.J. Cooney Jr.

When the NWHP started its work in 1980, NWHP executive director Molly Murphy MacGregor said that few outside of academia knew much about women’s history.  Establishing a National Women’s History Week, and then a National Women’s History Month, proved to be a remarkably effective way of making women’s history relevant and visible not just in the classroom but in communities and workplaces as well. Now the NWHP is planning a Women’s History Alliance to connect educators, performers, historic sites, agencies, and organizations in their work of recognizing women’s history and preparing for the woman suffrage centennial in 2020. To make a donation, visit the NWHP web site.

Vision 2020 is planning a prominent exhibit at the National Constitution Center in 2020. Highlights of Vision 2020’s program include:

  • Shared Leadership: Vision 2020 Delegates from four states (Iowa, Massachusetts, Utah, Rhode Island) are drafting a CEO Challenge to increase the numbers of women on corporate boards.
  • Economic Security: Bobbi Liebenberg, Lisa Passante and Connie Lindsey are serving as conveners, communicators and coordinators of activities to close the gender gap in pay and retirement income by connecting with AAUW delegate leaders in several states and a new Vision 2020 Ally, WISER (Women’s Institute for Secure Retirement).
  • Youth Education: Delegates and allies are working on STEM education for girls, with support from the Society for Women Engineers, whose leaders attended the Congress. Others are seeking to incorporate the history of women into secondary education curricula, and some are emphasizing social media.
  • Civic Engagement: The Vision 2020 goal of rallying 100% of eligible women to vote in 2020.

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