Best Wishes for Thanksgiving from Suffrage Centennials

Vintage Thankgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!


During 2019 we will be pushing for the observance and celebration of 100 years that US women have been voting.

There are those who would rather let the centennial observance come and go without notice. There are a few who would just as soon abolish the 19th Amendment. And still others who are doing their best to manipulate and corrupt the electoral system. Voting machines are faulty. The electoral college is no longer a measure of the public will. Gerrymandering is a popular sport. And then pundits wring their hands about how participation is down. No wonder.


Here at, we cover trends in suffrage centennials. We highlight as many events, conferences, parades, and memorials as possible. It’s impossible to cover everything. But that isn’t the point. We believe centennial observances every 100 years gives us an opportunity to evaluate where we have been and where we are going. It’s unacceptable that it took 72 years for US women to win the right to vote. Now that we have this right, it’s clear that in 2023, US women will have been struggling for 100 years to write equal rights into the US Constitution.


Thanksgiving is a time to honor where we have been and where we are going next. We’re tired of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. It’s time to create a social and economic system that honors people, not profit.

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This entry was posted on November 22, 2018, in Blog.

Suffrage storytelling is great over the holiday season. Happy Thanksgiving!

Suffrage Storytelling is great over the holiday season! on Vimeo.


And when giving thanks for what you have, keep in mind what we do not have. American women do NOT have equal rights protections in the US Constitution. We’re aware that many people think this isn’t necessary, that equal rights are supposedly a bad idea. We’ve heard all their positions for years. But we’ll continue having to go issue by issue forever unless women have equal rights protections. More Americans than ever agree with this position.


Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin grew up in Rockville Centre, NY during the 1950s. An interview with her about her Long Island connections in 2013 gives a feeling of having been there. It’s worth watching. Goodwin’s memories and vintage photos open up a view of the island that is memorable and informing. “History is about storytelling,” Goodwin says, although she notes that some of the old stories aren’t true. She is partial toward Abraham Lincoln, very opinionated about Teddy Roosevelt, and was amazed about the film about Lincoln by Steven Spielberg. Actor Daniel Day Lewis did a terrific job, she said. She recommends a visit to Sagamore Hill, Teddy Roosevelt’s home on Long Island.


Let’s continue working for equal rights in the U.S. Constitution. Are we ready to accept that by 2023 U.S. women will have been working for this for 100 years?

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Get to know Inez Milholland, the U.S. suffrage martyr. Follow Suffrage Wagon News Channel with updates about the Spirit of 1776 wagon used for grassroots organizing by activist Edna Kearns and others during 1913. FYI: Wilmer and Edna Kearns of Rockville Centre, NY weren’t related to Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Oklahoma is having 100th observance of women voting! More about 2020 centennial!

Support the permanent exhibition of the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon at the New York State Museum! on Vimeo.


Show support for the New York State Museum in Albany, New York putting the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon on permanent exhibit after the 2020 national suffrage centennial when American women will have been voting for 100 years.


Oklahoma is observing 100 years of women voting during 2018. Part of the observance was encouraging citizens to vote.


Reminder: 2020 Centennial magnets and pins featuring the WVCI 2020 torch are now available at The image above shows how each appears on the presentation card. Pins are $2.50, 10 for $2.00 each, and 25+ for $1.75 each. Magnets are $3.00 each, 10 for $2.50 each, 25+ for $2.25 each. Thanks to the National Women’s History Project, a founding member of WVCI, for agreeing to manage the orders for WVCI!

Follow by way of email, Twitter, and Facebook. Get ready for the women’s vote centennial. Some also call it the votes for women centennial. Or the 2020 women vote centennial. Whatever you call it, are you putting all your ducks in a row?

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Dear Friends,

You may be interested in the upcoming 2020 suffrage centennial where US women will have been voting for 100 years. But there’s more to discover. 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 uncovered your essential role in US history. During 2020, your job will be to celebrate this and put it into play by insisting on remembering the nation’s democratic roots.

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 yet uncovered this part of your family history.

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 prove 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 during the first wave of the women’s rights movement. If you aren’t directly related, you may be a descendent in some other way—spiritual or because of your interests and concerns.

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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“They stood together so we could stand out,” Turning Point Suffragist Memorial!

Support Turning Point Suffragist Memorial—the fundraising for the suffragist memorial proposed for Lorton, Virginia. Work is underway. The plan is to open the memorial by 2020 when American women will have been voting for 100 years.

The suffragist memorial is the only commemorative institution of its type. It is important as a symbol to keep the goal of equality alive.

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Take a look at the InezMilholland centennial blog:

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125 years of New Zealand women voting! The 2018 Women’s March— What are you doing in 2019?

Will you be part of the women’s march in 2019? on Vimeo.


Women across New Zealand are celebrating 125 years of women voting—the first nation in the world to extend the franchise to women.


Did you participate in the 2017 women’s march? Did you wish someone organized it in your community? Sister marches were extremely important in 2017 and 2018. If you haven’t started planning, get started now. It’s terrific to touch in with the 4th wave of feminism. But what about the 1st and 2nd and 3rd?


Stay in touch with us over the holidays to get the latest about the 2020 centennial and the 100th anniversary of women’s voting in the US with the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution.

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Preparing for Thanksgiving 2018!

Vintage Thankgiving

We are celebrating our fifth year publishing about suffrage centennials. When we started, people looked at us with skeptical expressions on their faces. Their reactions back then? Suffrage sounded boring. It’s a different ball game now that the word has been spread around and the planning for 2020 increases by the passing day.

We support the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial opening by 2020, the nation’s suffrage centennial. We are determined that 2023 doesn’t come and go without the Equal Rights Amendment being passed. In 2023 it’s the centennial of women working for equal rights under the U.S. Constitution. Are we going to allow this to happen? The year 2020 is when American women will have been voting for 100 years. Will 2020 come and go without a woman hitting her head on a glass ceiling? Stay tuned.


On Thursday, November 15, 2018 at  7 PM, there will be a staged reading of “Possessing Harriet,” a new play by Kyle Bass, commissioned by the Onondaga Historical Association and directed by Tazewell Thompson.  (For more information on the history,   POSSESSING HARRIET will have its world premiere production at Syracuse Stage on October 17 through November 4, 2018,

In 1839, Harriet Powell, a young, mixed-race, enslaved woman slips away from a hotel in Syracuse, New York, and escapes from the Southerner who owns her. With the aid of a mysterious free black man named Thomas Leonard, Harriet finds temporary safe harbor in an attic room at the home of impassioned abolitionist Gerrit Smith. With the slave catchers in pursuit, Harriet spends the hours before her nighttime departure on the dangerous journey to Canada in the company of Smith’s young cousin Elizabeth Cady, an outspoken advocate for women’s equality. Confronted with new and difficult ideas about race, identity, and equality, and with confusion, fear, and desperation multiplying, Harriet is forced to the precipice of radical self-re-imagination and a reckoning with the heartrending cost of freedom. 

This reading of “Possessing Harriet” is a featured public event of the annual Researching NY Conference, cosponsored by the UAlbany History Department and the NYS Archives Partnership Trust with support from Humanities NY. There is additional support from the NYS Museum, NYS Writers Institute, the UAlbany Graduate Program in Public History, the Department of Africana Studies, and the Department of Music and Theatre.


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Halloween program at Suffrage Wagon Cafe on Vimeo.

Happy Halloween from your friends at Suffrage Wagon Cafe and Suffrage Centennials!

Support Turning Point Suffragist Memorial. Donate so that the proposed memorial in Lorton, VA opens by its goal of 2020 when U.S women will have been voting for 100 years. Support the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon at the New York State Museum. It is an important symbol of voting rights.

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You’ll be walking arm and arm with us here at Suffrage Centennials when you get the frontline view of the demonstrations—and there were many—organized by women and their men allies in the struggle to win the vote. We refer to the “suffrage movement” now as the first wave of the women’s rights movement in the United States. The women of the first wave believed they were addressing the gender imbalance by winning voting rights. It wasn’t easy standing up to be counted. If they hadn’t set the first wave rolling, it would have waited until much later to accomplish such a difficult task.

FROM NEW ZEALAND: The government of New Zealand is interested in purchasing the former home of New Zealand women’s suffrage movement leader, Kate Sheppard. The building failed to sell at auction in Christchurch. It is where Sheppard collected thousands of signatures for a petition for women’s right to vote in 1893. The Clyde Road property is a Category 1 listed Historic Place and has a council valuation of $3.15 million.

WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY NEWS: August 26th was commemorated in 2018 by a wide range of organizations across the nation. Here is one such message from the national League of Women Voters.

The Alice Paul Institute sent out this communication for August 26th.


Suffrage Centennials has a lot to say about these hundred-year observances. After 100 years, it’s fascinating to see what has been accomplished, as well as get out our “to do” lists to plan for the long way still to go. We’re tracking centennial observances. So, come along:

Check in with the centennial blog carving out a path into the unknown to get the name of Inez Milholland (our U.S. suffrage martyr) recognized as a household name. Take at look at:

In 2023 American women will have been working for equal rights in the U.S. Constitution for 100 years. Keep this in mind.

At Suffrage Centennials— we’ve been blogging since 2013.

Patriotic protest, plus program about Matilda Joslyn Gage!

Patriotic Protest theme of suffrage movement included “Spirit of 1776” wagon! on Vimeo.


Kathleen Bishop will discuss the classic, Woman, Church and State, by Matilda Joslyn Gage originally published in 1893. The program is scheduled for October 23, 8:30 p.m., at the Gage house in Fayetteville, NY. This work was so controversial that the local school library would not allow the book on their shelves, and Anthony Comstock threatened to arrest anyone who allowed young people to have access to it. These writings continue to be controversial today but explain a great deal why women have not gained full rights as predicted by Gage. She understood that political power involved more than gaining the right to vote but also included awareness and changing of the power the church and state. As an additional feature, Bishop, who is an antique collector, will present her experience of hunting for treasures for the Oz room at the Fayetteville, NY site and the importance of antiques that she found. Admission is $15.


The “Spirit of 1776″wagon is more than an artifact of New York State’s suffrage organizing. It is also a symbol of the theme of “patriotic protest” express throughout the nation. Support the New York State Museum in putting the wagon used by Edna Kearns on permanent exhibit. The video featured in this post has a representative sampling of photos of the wagon over the years. A multi-media web platform has highlighted the “Spirit of 1776” wagon since 2009. Follow

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