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FIND OUT ABOUT—August retreat in Rochester, NY and 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative. Plus new light on Edna Kearns’ suffrage archive!

For more information about the August 23-26, 2018 women’s conference in Rochester, NY, contact Sharon Nelson at Sharoninelson@aol.com

SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT PRIMARY DOCUMENTS ON GRASSROOTS LEVEL LIMITED

As the 2020 suffrage centennial approaches, there are an increasing number of excellent books being published that shed more light than ever on the history of first wave women’s rights activism and the numerous attempts to make the most of what’s out there.

One example is “Women Will Vote” (2017, Cornell University Press) by Susan Goodier and Karen Pastorello that delves into the loose association of organizations and individuals that collectively and separately contributed to New York women winning the vote in 1917, a turning point in the national movement.”

“Aside from suffrage leaders, very few workers left detailed records of their activities behind,” the authors noted in their text (p. 174, hardbound edition). This suggests that archival Votes for Women collections like the one assembled by Edna Kearns are especially valuable from the perspective of the organizer or field representative on the ground.

A WEB SITE DEVOTED TO EVENTS AND 2020 SUFFRAGE ACTIVITIES!

Make sure you are linked to the 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative’s (WVCI) website, 2020centennial.org, that serves as an organizing and information-sharing entity for programs, projects, and activities commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and a way to stimulate dialogue to address the ongoing initiative for women’s rights.

WVCI is a collaborative network of women centered institutions, organizations, and individuals from across the US. The cooperative effort is to ensure that the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment is honored throughout the United States in ways that: 1) include the influence and stories of the various components of the suffrage movement in ways that reflect the accuracy of the historical record; 2) recognize the legal and social advances resulting from the 19th Amendment; 3) acknowledge the inadequacies of the Amendment’s implementation; 4) describe its continuing relevance to the ongoing struggle for equal rights; 5) encourage involvement in large and small activities at all levels by diverse public, nonprofit, and private organizations and individuals. For more information and resources about the 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative, visit 2020centennial.org.

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The 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative (WVCI) has launched a web site, 2020Centennial.org, that serves as a central organizing and information sharing platform for the 2020 national suffrage centennial when American women will have been voting for 100 years.

“Mother Mends” is a suffrage song—about women winning the right to vote. It is composed by Joe DeFilippo and performed by the R.J. Phillips Band, a group of Baltimore musicians. Joe DeFilippo: vocals, acoustic guitar, bass guitar; Patrick McAvinue: fiddle; Bill Phelan: 12 string guitar, pedal steel; Leslie Darr, background vocals; Bill Pratt: drums, organ, background vocals. Produced & recorded by: Bill Pratt @ the Bratt Studio, Baltimore, MD.

Sign up with the 2020 Women’s Vote CentennialLet Suffrage2020 know what your organization is planning for 2020. Post on the group’s Facebook page or web pages for events coming soon and/or post to the listserv. To post, send an email with the message to Suffrage2020@thezahnisers.com. Updates from the Suffrage2020 listserv:

NOW is the time to approach your state legislators about a state 2020 commission. One bill to use as a model is the bill establishing the New York State Suffrage Commission. Even without any appropriation of funds, a state commission can provide visibility for a state’s 2020 efforts and leverage fundraising.

The Minnesota League of Women Voters, the Minnesota Women’s Consortium, and Zeta Phi Beta, together with 2020 WVCI, are meeting with legislators about submitting a bill establishing a Minnesota state commission.

The work of the National 2020 Suffrage Centennial Commission can’t start until all members are appointed. Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House have yet to announce their choices. Congress appropriated $2 million for the 2020 commission.

The Iowa League of Women Voters, AAUW, the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women, and Carrie Chapman Center at Iowa State, and others have joined together for a 2020 commemoration. Their plans include artworks, billboards, lectures, musical performances, curricula and much more.

The Washington Women’s History Consortium is overseeing the updating of resources developed originally for their state suffrage centennial.  The Washington State Archives has updated a poster created for that centennial.