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Fundraising underway for Turning Point Suffragist Memorial!

About The National Memorial proposed for Lorton, VA:

Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association is raising funds to build a national memorial to honor the millions of suffragists who fought more than seven decades to win the vote for women. It’s another hidden piece of women’s history even though it was a national campaign that included incidents of arrests, jail, torture and even death. The memorial will ensure that the suffrage story is elevated to its proper place in history and will educate present and future generations on the need for eternal vigilance for equal rights. As author, Eleanor Clift, writes, “the suffragists engineered the greatest expansion of democracy in a single day that the world had ever seen, and yet…the leaders built no monuments to themselves, and too many of their names have been lost to history.”

Please help us to bring to light the “best kept secret in American history.”
www.suffragistmemorial.org

The goal is to open the memorial on or before 2020, the centennial of women voting in the United States.

The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit raising funds to build a national suffragist memorial at NOVA Parks’ Occoquan Regional Park, in Lorton, Va.

Mission: To educate, inspire, and empower present and future generations to remain vigilant in the quest for equal rights.

IN OTHER NEWS:

“Tea with Alice and Me,” a performance by Zoe Nicholson continues to expand its influence. The production presents Alice Paul, suffrage leader and activist in the US, as a significant participant in the first wave of women’s rights activism in the US. Follow Zoe and her efforts at MissAlicePaul.com

Have you asked yourself this question? “Am I really a US voting rights activist descendant?

Dear Friends,

We said this before, and we’re saying it again. You may be a votes for women, first wave women’s rights descendant, and not know it.

There are millions of us. Chances are—you haven’t yet discovered your essential role in US history.

If you are a hidden descendant, you aren’t alone. Tens of thousands of women and their allies spent decades working for the right to vote from 1848 (and before) through 1920. They have descendants, and you, like many others, haven’t uncovered this part of your family history.

In 2020, US women will have been voting for 100 years. That you may be descended from the first wave of American voting rights activists shouldn’t be passed over lightly. Many families didn’t mention this association and organizing priority to their children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and other descendants.

Are there interests you have and activities that you’ve not mentioned to friends and family members? Of course.

Even if you can’t make a direct family connection, the first wave of the women’s rights movement in the United States is an important and essential part of our national legacy and history…whether you’re a young person, woman, man, or wherever you find yourself on the gender continuum.

The chances are excellent that you are descended, either directly or by interest, to the tens of thousands of voting rights activists and their allies who worked and sweated for decades to win the right to vote. If you aren’t directly related, you may be a descendent in some other way—spiritual or because of your level of interest.

There are many citizens who define themselves as first wave women’s rights descendants simply because they are passionate about this part of American history. By combining the accomplishments of all the waves of rights activists through today, we find ourselves standing on strong shoulders.

Our place in history will be celebrated during 2020, and we want to make sure you’re part of this turning point in time.

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A “must-see” of national women’s rights historical monuments…

Wikipedia is a good source for basic background about the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument. Since 1929 the building has served as headquarters of the National Woman’s Party, a key political organization in suffrage organizing in the United States. U.S. suffrage martyr Inez Milholland had close ties with the organization.

The Belmont-Paul Women’s equality National Monument in Washington, DC is a go-to place to find your interest and passion ignited when finding out more about the women’s suffrage movement.

For more information about our U.S. suffrage martyr, go to: InezMilholland.wordpress.com

Here at Suffrage Centennials, we plod along, bringing you the best of what’s out there about 100 year observances associated with women’s history and women’s rights.

You can find us on Twitter: Twitter.com/SuffrageMartyr

This entry was posted on October 13, 2018, in Blog.

International Day of the Girl—Are you ready for 2020, the nation’s suffrage centennial?

October 11th is the International Day of the Girl, as declared by the United Nations. Photo below by UN Women. The UN observers state the following: “The world’s 1.1 billion girls are a source of power, energy, and creativity – and the millions of girls in emergencies are no exception. This year’s International Day of the Girl (IDG) on October 11th marks the beginning of a year-long effort to spur global attention and action to the challenges and opportunities girls face before, during, and after crises.”

Are you planning with your organization for a 2020 observance of the 100 years of American women voting? What will you do personally, in terms of advocacy, to honor the past 100 years of women voting in the United States?

Are you following the campaign to honor Inez Milholland, the U.S. suffrage martyr, from now to 2020?

Support the New York State Museum in putting the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon on permanent exhibit! Find out about the state museum’s renovation and expansion.

Support Turning Point Suffragist Memorial is opening its doors in 2020 to celebrate the national suffrage centennial! In 2020, the Central Park statue in NYC will be unveiled. Vision 2020 will celebrate in Philadelphia.

Visit Harriet Tubman’s home in Auburn, NY, plus other suffrage-related news!

Inspiration for visiting Harriet Tubman’s home, plus other historic sites! on Vimeo.

There are places to go, much to learn, plus inspiration—including this video. The National Park Service is the umbrella organization for Seneca Falls, NY in the Finger Lakes region of NYS. Also, visit the Paul-Belmont historic site in Washington, DC.

October 31, 2018 is the deadline for receiving pledges to help the 1816 Farmington Meetinghouse in Farmington, NY reach its goal of matching funds in order to secure a grant to help in the restoration project of a building extremely important in the first wave of the women’s rights movement in the US. Link to farmingtonmeetinghouse.org

We will be advocating during 2019 the opportunity to plan for 2020 with your organization, with your interests, with your renewed involvement in activism. The year 2020 is the celebration of US women voting for 100 years. How will you contribute in your own life, with your family, with your interests, with your activism? A centennial observance is an opportunity to evaluate where we have been and where we are going next. Is your organization planning something for 2020? Now is the time to plan. We advocate, educate, and get behind opportunities to make 2020 a turning point in US history. Visit and support historic sites dedicated to women and their allies in the long struggle for human rights for all.

Check in with the web site: 2020WomensVoteCentennial.

Follow SuffrageCentennnials.com for news and views.

Suffrage Centennials’ sister web platforms have even more to follow. Check out Suffrage Wagon News Channel that has been publishing since 2009. LetsRockTheCradle is a source for action campaigns and feature articles. A source of information about Inez Milholland, the US suffrage martyr, is available at InezMilholland.wordpress.com

This entry was posted on October 6, 2018, in Blog.

Musical version of the Declaration of the Rights of Women of the United States!

This is the short and musical version of the Declaration of the Rights of Women, as fresh as it was more than a hundred years ago when first written. Brought to you by Suffrage Wagon News Channel. Check out the audio channel. 

Suffrage Centennials has been publishing since 2013. We’re gearing up for 2020 when American women will have been voting for 100 years. Will this nation ever have a woman president? Will women ever fill the roles of elected representatives in state houses and the U.S. Congress to represent over 51% of the population? After 100 years of women voting will a woman candidate be able to bring the nation’s women together?

Stay tuned. Follow SuffrageCentennials.com

A Prediction about August 26th and the Memories of Americans

We are on a roll convincing Americans that August 26th, Women’s Equality Day, should be a national holiday. The National Women’s History Project has been testing the water on this. It appears that the idea is beginning to catch hold. It hasn’t happened yet, and no one is predicting any arguments in public. The idea is just starting to register. And swells take quite a while to begin rolling on the ground.

This is no fly-by-night idea. Discussions about the importance of August 26th have been kicking around for a while. The U.S. Congress got Women’s Equality Day up and running. The same with March, Women’s History Month, designed in large part, to write women into history—supported and nursed by the Women’s National History Project over the past 40 years. Writing women into history is, by no means, a radical idea.

But since women have been an unrecognized resource in our nation, we have to look to the future, and we see a future where August 26th is recognized for what it is—an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishments of millions of Americans.

Let’s bring August 26th out into the Light. One web platform has a rallying cry: Lets Rock the Cradle.

Check it out: LetsRockTheCradle.com

Special message from Molly Murphy MacGregor with IMPT news!

The co-founder of the National Women’s History Project, Molly Murphy MacGregor, made an important announcement affirming two things—that the organization will be changing its name and that making August 26th a federal holiday is an important priority for the citizens of the United States. Here is her message:

My friends,

This is just the beginning of our effort to ensure that August 26. 2020 will be declared as a federal holiday,  Many have been waiting to contact their elective representatives until after the November election to begin their lobbying effort.  Still, others have already begun and are organizing events, celebrations, and demonstrations throughout the county.  Whatever you have decided to do, the National Women’s History Alliance, formerly known as the National Women’s History Project will be with you all the way.

In the past, this has been a slow time of the year for us, but that will probably never be true again.  With my retirement just 29 months ahead, we are in the depths of planning an extensive transition.

We have begun by changing our name to the National Women’s History Alliance which better explains our work and focus. We will emphasize and solidify our work as the national clearinghouse for multicultural women’s history.  The name change has become official, but our big announcement will be in January 2019 with the publication and distribution of the 2019 Women’s History Gazette.

It is our hope that you will be active in promoting women’s history and even in recruiting new Alliance members. One of the goals of the National Women’s History Alliance is to expand the celebrations of women’s history past March and into the rest of the year.  Until after the 2020 Centennial, we will be producing two Gazettes, the first will focus on the year’s theme and honorees (to be celebrated throughout the year) and the second will focus on the importance of the women’s full participation in our democracy.  We are excited about all our new plans and we could really use your help.

We are in the process of seeking new Board and Committee members.  If you would like to participate more closely in the array of activities and promotions we do, please let me know.  I would be happy to give you more information depending on your interest and the commitment you would like to make. Please email me at nwhp@nwhp.org.

I hope you will celebrate Women’s Equality Day now and in the future.  This is a link to some great ways to celebrate.  https://www.bustle.com/p/10-productive-ways-to-spend-womens-equality-day-2018-10193052

Sending lots of good wishes – Forward Together!

Molly Murphy MacGregor.

REMEMBER INEZ MILHOLLAND, THE US SUFFRAGE MARTYR!

In 2016 the National Women’s History Project honored Inez Milholland with a year long observance of 100 years since her death.

Follow the Inez centennial blog.

Suffrage Centennials is gearing up for 2020, the centennial of American women voting. It’s also an election year.

Plan a fall trip to see women’s history road markers & find out about similar work around US!

If you are planning a fall trip, consider visiting Long island where the historic roadside marker commemorating the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon used by Edna Kearns is one of many on the island commemorating first wave women’s rights organizing organizing there. Many of these road markers are funded by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, as well as other community groups in the process of building a votes for women trail.

Historic commemorative road markers are appearing across the United States as part of an ongoing program of The National Historic Landmarks Program’s Women’s History Initiative. Many new historic sites and commemorations are being planned for 2020 and earlier.

YOU’RE SEEING MORE SUFFRAGE-RELATED ROAD MARKERS:

The National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites (NCWHS) invites you and your organization to become a member. Founded in 2001, NCWHS supports and promotes the preservation and interpretation of sites and locales that bear witness to women’s participation in American life. The Collaborative makes women’s contributions to history visible so that all women’s experience and potential can be recognized and valued. Member support is essential in helping NCWHS carry out its mission. Link.

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The Huntington, NY roadside marker dedicated in April 2018 commemorates a parade and suffrage rally on Huntington’s main street (Wall and Main Streets) in July of 1913 involving suffrage activist Edna Kearns and Mrs. Mary Jones, a local “anti” activist. See Suffrage Wagon News Channel (SuffrageWagon.org) for more information about the Huntington, NY roadside marker.

ALSO, check out web site dedicated to honor Inez Milholland, our US suffrage martyr. The National Women’s History Project sells pins honoring Inez Milholland. Check the numerous gifts at the online store.

IN OTHER NEWS:

Zakiya Thomas will serve as the new National Women’s Party executive director in Washington,DC. Zakiya joins the NWP at a critical juncture as it prepares for the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and reaffirms its commitment to advance full constitutional equality for women.

The NWP will launch a nationwide multi-year initiative in 2019 by using its historic collection of women’s rights artifacts to inspire action toward full equality for women. The initiative will be conducted in partnership with local civic organizations, individual and business leaders, and advocates.

Love of suffrage road markers sweeping the nation! PLUS NEWS!

Pomeroy Foundation officials say their centennial marker grant program is proving to be popular. The organization is collaborating with Humanities New York to make community markers available to  strengthen cultural heritage tourism and bring much needed attention to people, places, and parts of history more Americans want to know about.

The above graphic shows part of a leaflet distributed by the Pomeroy Foundation with thanks to Suffrage Wagon News Channel. Many activists have worked with local communities and citizens to fund over 300 markers so far, and there are more to come.

The leaflet features the marker program combined with America’s suffrage martyr—a combination that will prove to be popular as 2020 approaches—the centennial celebration of women voting in the United States.

The National Women’s History Project devoted a year in 2016 to bring Inez MIlholland to public attention on the centennial of her death in 1916. Marguerite Kearns and Robert P.J. Cooney Jr. coordinated the effort. Martha Wheelock produced a 15-minute film in 2015 on Inez Milholland that has turned the tide as far as public opinion is concerned.

IN OTHER NEWS:

The League of Women Voters nationally has been filing in court to preserve the electoral system. This includes suits in North Carolina and Arizona. The first wave of the women’s rights movement in the US worked long and hard to win voting rights for women. Now there are centennial observances coming up which bring up the issue of the health of the electoral system and widespread attempts to undermine it.

September 17, 2018 is Constitution Day. Make sure you have something planned as a celebration. Our special interest is in the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution. If you didn’t get it on your calendar for 2018, make sure it’s there for planning purposes in 2019 and 2020.

The City of New York has set aside $10 million over the next four years through the Department of Cultural Affairs to diversify public art. Members of the public sent in close to 2,000 suggestions about who the candidates for memorials and statues might be.

Follow the centennial blog on Inez Milholland, the U.S. suffrage martyr:

InezMilholland.wordpress.com

And check for new developments: SuffrageCentennials.com   SuffrageWagon.org  LetsRockTheCradle.com

This entry was posted on September 14, 2018, in Blog.