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It is up to us to build and support the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial!

$20 for 2020

The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial will open in Lorton, Virginia by 2020, the nation’s suffrage centennial, with your help. Your $20+ tax deductible donation comes with perks. Here they are:

$20+ donation: Your name or the name of a person or organization you wish to honor on the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association website dedication page.

$100+ donation: Your name or the name of a person or organization you wish to honor on a scrolling, interactive monitor within the Memorial

Plus everything above
$101+ donation: A signed certificate as a member of the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association

Plus everything above
$1000+ donation

Your selection of a name to be inscribed on the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Donor Wall
Invitation to the Memorial’s ribbon cutting celebration in 2020. There are more perks. Find out more at the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial web site.

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Help with the Equal Rights Amendment!

The work is ongoing to push toward the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment on or before 2020 when U.S. women will have been voting for 100 years. In the above video, Honorable Rep.Lou Lang, sponsor of ERA in the Illinois House, shares his optimistic perspective on the ERA.

The ERA passed the Illinois Senate and it is still to go before the state House. There is a virtual phone bank for the ERA. Ratify ERA Illinois activists have set up virtual, open phone banks for the 10 top priority target districts in Illinois. Volunteers can call from anywhere. All you need is a computer and a phone. You will be calling friendly voters who live in the target districts, asking them to call their state reps. and advocate for the ERA. And ask them to attend the Rally in Springfield (IL) on May 8.

Phone numbers and scripts are all provided. Fill out this form and instructions will be emailed to you. Here’s the Facebook event about it: Virtual Phone Bank for the ERA

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Big time in Albany, NY during November 2017!

The “Votes for Women” exhibit at the New York State Museum opens November 4, 2017 in Albany, NY. The “Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon has been exhibited in 2010, 2012, and during 2017. The show opening November 4th is the show of all shows. The suffrage wagon is part of the exhibit, and there is so much more to see. The video below is from 2010—a comparison, and one that we treasure. The upcoming show is a MUST SEE!

What happened when the “Spirit of 1776” was exhibited in 2010! on Vimeo.

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News notes from the Suffrage Centennial front!

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News Notes about women’s history features suffrage movement storytelling! on Vimeo.

There’s more awareness and recognition than ever of the 95th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. And individual states have been celebrating their accomplishments over the past few years. A bill to create a New York State suffrage centennial commission was approved during the 2015 legislative session by both houses. But the commission has no funding and lacks the governor’s signature. Stay tuned for news updates!

TWO UPCOMING NYS SUFFRAGE-RELATED CONFERENCES:

The Upstate New York Women’s History Organization (UNYWHO) conference is set for Saturday, September 19, 2015 at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. The event is cosponsored by the Women’s Rights National Park. Sessions include women’s digital histories, U.S. women’s wartime activism, Women in WW I, second-wave feminism, colonialism and power, sexuality and the law, feminist documentary, and evidence and inference in women’s history. The New York Women’s Suffrage Centennial Conference is set for October 1, 2015 at the Holiday Inn, Waterloo/Seneca Falls, NY), 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The New York Council for the Humanities and Generations Bank are conference partners with the NYS Cultural Heritage Tourism Network.

NEWS NOTES:

Woodstock, NY is the first community to pass a local resolution supporting the NYS women’s suffrage centennial observance in 2017. Other towns and cities are expected to gather support on the local level.  The “Spirit of 1776” suffrage storytelling series moved forward when Wilmer Kearns entered the narrative, as told by Bess, Edna’s best friend. Check out the two-part series about suffrage activist Charlotte Perkins Gilman and her story “The Yellow Wallpaper,” a revealing perspective by Wendy Bird: Part I, Part II. Four states have upcoming women’s suffrage centennial celebrations. The September program at Suffrage Wagon Cafe will feature the new book by Kenneth Florey about American woman suffrage postcards published by McFarland.

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Young people will energize campaign for national suffragist memorial!

Happy New Year from Suffrage CentennialsThe Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association (TPSMA) has launched a new program to engage college-age students in order to honor the generations of activists who persevered through the 72-year struggle for women’s suffrage. The TPSM University Affiliates Program urges students to assume an active role in the development of the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial and encourages student involvement and activism on U.S. college and university campuses nationwide.

TPSMA is a non-profit organization committed to building a national memorial commemorating the suffragists by 2020, the year that will mark a century since the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. This goal can only be accomplished if the necessary awareness and funds are raised, especially in this year of the 95th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.

Students can join the affiliates program as individual members or as members of a campus-based TPSM student group. Annual dues, once paid, secure the new affiliate’s membership along with opportunities to participate in fundraising events and awareness-raising campaigns. As affiliates, students will be invited to enter contests, submit content for publication on TPSMA’s blog and social media pages, help educate their peers about women’s rights and history, and reflect on the women’s suffrage movement in a variety of ways.

Registration of student affiliate members and student groups for the 2015-16 academic year opened on August 3, 2015 and will be accepted on a rolling basis. Annual membership dues are $19 per student. For more information or to register, contact Whitney Stohr and Lauriane Lebrun at wstohr@suffragistmemorial.org.

Be on the Cutting Edge with your Support of the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial on or before the 2020 suffrage centennial on Vimeo.

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August 26th is the women’s 4th of July! Celebrate the 95th anniversary of women voting!

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Plan for August 26th, the women’s 4th of July! on Vimeo.

The year 2015 is the 95th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This means a birthday party for American women who in 2015 have been full U.S. citizens with voting rights for 95 years. The year 2020 marks the centennial of citizenship for American women, and an increasing number of people aren’t letting the holiday pass without recognition, and yes, a celebration.

This video points out some of the resources you can access online as you’re getting ready to sponsor an event for friends, family or your organization. The Library of Congress is one such resource.

SuffrageCentennials.com is a clearinghouse for women’s suffrage news, views, events and celebrations. SuffrageCentennials.com is also a multi-media platform that’s a resource for voters, policymakers, educators, students and citizens of all kinds. SuffrageCentennials.com has been publishing since 2013.

Get your 95th anniversary button from the gift shop at the National Women’s History Project. It’s only $2.

95th anniversary of 19th Amendment

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“Equal Means Equal” film upcoming, plus lots of suffrage centennial news notes

"Equal means Equal" film“Equal Means Equal” is a documentary film about the status of women in America that will put suffrage centennial celebrations into perspective. It’s expected to be released in 2016. We’ll be featuring efforts to push for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by 2020, the nation’s suffrage centennial celebration of 100 years of American women voting.

Welcome this weekend to delegates attending the AAUW state summer convention on July 24-26, 2015 at Cazenovia College.  The AAUW state organization in New York is a long-time friend of women’s suffrage centennial events and celebrations. A big thank you to the NYC Department of Records & Information Services for mentioning SuffrageCentennials.com on Facebook and Instagram. The city records department has committed to planning five years of programs featuring women’s history topics and special events associated with the upcoming 2017 New York suffrage centennial. Check our Twitter feed for ongoing announcements. To sign up for news about the 2016 suffrage centennial observance honoring America’s suffrage martyr Inez Milholland, check out this link. We’re featuring women’s history and suffrage events from a variety of organizations as a regular feature on our Twitter feed.

Celebrate the 95th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on August 26, 2015, Women’s Equality Day, by downloading a file with pertinent information from the National Women’s History Project.

IN OTHER NEWS: Women’s Equality Party formed in UK to bring women’s issues out into the public. Save the Sewall-Belmont House says the National Park Service. There’s a list of possibilities as to how this important historic site can be operated in order to keep its doors open. Women’s history artifacts in the collection of the New York State Museum publicized. Story of the July 4th co-conspirators in 1876. If you missed Convention Days in Seneca Falls, NY this summer, set aside some time for a pilgrimage to the Finger lakes region of NYS this coming fall. Another “save the date” reminder for the October 1 conference promoting cultural heritage tourism and suffrage through the NYS Cultural Heritage Tourism Network. A recent press release from NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York is the most visited state by overseas travelers for 14th year in a row. Will New York be ready for its 2017 suffrage centennial? Funding sought for recently-passed New York suffrage centennial commission, but the observance is approaching quickly. Stay tuned!

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The 95th anniversary of the 19th Amendment on August 26, 2015. . . plus news notes

This coming August 26th, Women’s Equality Day, is the 95th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that extended the right to vote to American women. There are many media references to 2020, the nation’s suffrage centennial or the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. And five years to go might seem like a long time, but the time is passing quickly. The Women on Money campaign this year set 2020, the national suffrage centennial, as its goal for the U.S Treasury to place a woman’s image on national currency. And advocates for the revival of the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment) are also looking toward 2020 for the completion of the ERA’s ratification. There’s still plenty of time to plan something special for August 26th. Check out the audio recording to find out about the designation by the U.S. Congress in 1971 to create Women’s Equality Day on August 26th.

OTHER NEWS NOTES: New York State residents are urged to contact their state representatives in the NYS Assembly and Senate to fund the New York women’s suffrage centennial commission that will be planning events and celebrations in 2017. The New York Council for the Humanities has made available a web site link that makes this easy for the state’s citizens. New York State women won the right to vote in November 1917. The year 2015 is the centennial observance of the 1915 NYS suffrage referendum that may have lost, but an infrastructure was created that led to the 1917 victory. For more information. October 1, 2015 is the date for a conference sponsored by the NYS Cultural Heritage Tourism Network at the Holiday Inn Waterloo/Seneca Falls, 9-4 p.m., to address issues including: Working with “I Love NY” to promote 2017 events, the connection of Native-Americans, African Americans, and religious groups to the women’s rights movement, and how to attract visitors to the state during 2017. For more information.

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Buckle your seat belt for suffrage centennial celebrations that could knock your socks off!

Suffrage centennials are taking the nation by storm! on Vimeo.

New York State is positioning itself to be a frontrunner in cultural heritage tourism that could demonstrate to the nation the type of sustainable economic development that’s possible on the ground. Current shifts toward favorable public opinion about the history of women’s voting rights and upcoming suffrage centennial celebrations suggest that such observances can be meaningful as well as economically advantageous for local communities, regions, states and the nation.

In recent years, the following states celebrated their centennials of women winning the vote prior to 1920: Wyoming (1890), Colorado (1893), Utah (1896), Idaho (1896), Washington (1910), California (1911), Arizona (1912), Kansas and Oregon (1912). Montana and Nevada observed one hundred years of women voting in 2014 with special events, projects and activities. New York’s centennial celebration is scheduled for 2017, with Michigan, Oklahoma and South Dakota to follow. And there’s the upcoming national suffrage centennial in 2020.

SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONS HAVE THE POTENTIAL OF GOING VIRAL

Opportunities for New York State are in the early stages and they follow the best practices of states that have already held suffrage centennial observances. The pieces are in place to develop cultural tourism networks and infrastructures. There’s a state suffrage centennial commission recently passed in the NYS Legislature, the involvement of state agencies, the result of long and dedicated work by citizens and organizations working together.  New York City and upstate communities are involved. Passionate grassroots advocates have taken leadership roles. Funding is available. And the internet is exploding nationwide and around the world with stories of amazing women, today and in the past. A major motion picture, “Suffragette,” will direct public attention to voting rights struggles. It’s a matter of bringing all of this together that will make the difference between blowing an opportunity and the potential of suffrage centennial celebrations going viral.

We can’t take anything for granted in a controversial climate that has marginalized women’s history over the past century. We could miss opportunities and assume that someone’s in charge, when in fact, a grassroots collaborative initiative is underway that could be taking on more than it can handle. The good news includes the efforts of visionaries who have set 2020 as the goal of achieving equality for women in the United States. There are stirrings in the U.S. Congress to revive the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment) by 2020. A woman on U.S. currency is now a possibility. Special projects are downright exciting, including the building of a statue of women in NYC’s Central Park, a nationwide women’s trails initiative, upcoming conferences, literary initiatives, a proposed suffragist national memorial outside of Washington, DC, and a core of dedicated activists who view sustainable economic development of cultural heritage tourism as key to the process.

COMPARED TO THE 2017 WORLD WAR I CENTENNIAL OBSERVANCE, WOMEN’S CELEBRATIONS COULD TURN OUT TO BE A FLASH IN THE PAN

Compared to the big bucks being invested in the national centennial observance of World War I in 2017, the story of women and our accomplishments could turn out to be little more than a flash in the pan. Getting our story out to the nation takes dedicated and persistent work. Local communities must set priorities about how to honor this extraordinary opportunity. There’s a cultural struggle underway in light of the 2016 presidential elections and a great deal of past neglect of women’s history to overcome. A great deal of our history has been buried or marginalized. We can blow these openings and opportunities. And we can built infrastructures and constituencies that will last longer than any planned centennial celebrations.

WE NEED ALL HANDS ON DECK!

Are you on board? The move to celebrate suffrage events and centennial celebrations is about insisting on taking our place in the sun, assuming leadership, and spreading the word about how we stand on strong shoulders with not only women’s issues but our shared national activist history. Marriage equality was once thought impossible. One commentator recently called the activist who took down the Confederate flag in South Carolina as someone who had committed “patriotic civil disobedience.” Women’s suffrage history has a strong tradition of patriotic protest. We can connect the past and present and future by supporting efforts to build sustainable lifestyles and practices necessary for life in the 21st century and beyond. We’re moving mountains, but we can’t take anything for granted yet. Let’s make the most of every door that opens to us. We can sail through the challenging times ahead if we pull together. We’re on our way. Onward!

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Suffrage Centennials News Notes Roundup

CentennialSliderThe National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites (NCWHS) and the National Women’s History Project (NWHP) have joined forces to create a national clearinghouse for information on state woman suffrage celebrations leading up to the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution on August 26, 2020. Such an effort will culminate in the creation of a nationwide woman suffrage trail highlighting the role of each state in the 72-year struggle from 1848 to 1920. The NCWHS and NWHP invite state governments, as well as women’s groups and history organizations, from across the nation to join this effort. The call also includes identifying women’s history sites. For more information, contact Pam Elam at plelam@aol.com.

The Suffrage2020 Listserv has valuable information that will be delivered to you personally by email if you sign up. In a recent bulletin there’s a suffrage centennial timeline, women’s suffrage resources, and news about a new document listing Women’s Heritage/History Trails and Tours around the nation. Post to Suffrage2020 by sending an email with your message to Suffrage2020@thezahnisers.com.

To celebrate the centennial of the White House picketing for woman suffrage that began in January of 1917, the editors of Women and Social Movements in the United States invite women’s history faculty, students and independent scholars to join a crowdsourcing experiment.

Historian Jill Zahniser compiled extensive information about women suffrage picketers and their supporters that was published as a database in the March 2015 issue of WASM. Women from 35 states and the District of Columbia are represented in the database. Zahniser has launched this project by constructing the database and writing 500-word biographical sketches of six women activists. Another 28 already have biographical sketches in Notable American Women. Biographical sketches of the remaining 190 picketers and their supporters are needed for whom there are no authoritative biographical sketches. Twenty educators in U.S. women’s history have volunteered to mentor students in their classes between now and June 2017 in the methods of researching and writing these remaining biographical sketches. Are you a graduate student or independent scholar who would volunteer to write one or two of these sketches?

Jill Zahniser will edit these new suffragist sketches and they will be published in the fall 2017 issue of Women and Social Movements in the United States. If you don’t have access to this journal, access to the excel spreadsheet which contains this database and related files from the project will be provided. Contact WASM co-editor, Tom Dublin at tdublin@binghamton.edu.

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