Annual fundraising luncheon at Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester, NY

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Valentine’s Day or February 14th in 2018 is the bicentennial of the date Frederick Douglass chose as his birthday, and it’s a day before Susan B. Anthony’s 198th birthday on the 15th.

Elaine Weiss will be the keynote speaker on February 14th for the 2018 Susan B. Anthony birthday luncheon at the Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester, NY. Weiss, a journalist and author of  The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, will highlight the dramatic climax of the woman’s suffrage movement. The book will be published by Viking in March 2018. Weiss has presented at the Library of Congress, National Archives, Smithsonian Museum of American History, Hull House, the Chautauqua Institution, and many libraries, historical societies, and universities.

Individual seats and group tables may be reserved by calling 585-279-7490 x 10. Contact Lesia Telega at 585-279-7490 x 12 for more information.

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Hot Tea Month in January and letter from Pat Wirth about Turning Point Suffragist Memorial!

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Keep the tea pot hot for Susan B. Anthony’s birthday party in February! on Vimeo.

A LETTER FROM PAT WIRTH ABOUT THE TURNING POINT SUFFRAGIST MEMORIAL

Dear Friends,

We’re in the midst of a resurgence of political participation in American democracy.  In 2017, women marched for equality in unprecedented numbers.  They flooded their representatives’ phone lines and filled town halls across the country to make their voices heard on critical issues.  Thousands of women attended programs to learn how to run for office; they not only declared their candidacies in record numbers, but they won in record numbers.

Today’s equal rights advocates are reminiscent of what millions of women, known as suffragists, began fighting for in 1848 in a small town in upstate New York – Seneca Falls.  They never gave up and won voting rights for every American woman. Five million crusaders from every walk of life fought 72 years to win the vote. Ratification of the 19th Amendment achieved the greatest expansion of democracy on a single day the world had ever seen, yet few know the full story behind this movement that included scores of women who picketed the White House who were falsely arrested, jailed, beaten, tortured and denied all civil liberties. Our association intends to honor all these unsung heroines with a national memorial that will elevate them and their triumph to their rightful place in history; it will be dedicated on the centennial anniversary of this significant milestone, August 26, 2020.

Your chance to make a legacy gift to help build this national memorial is rapidly closing.  The unfinished business of honoring “America’s original wonder-women” – as I like to think of them – is a once in a life-time opportunity.  We welcome all donations; for a minimum of $1,000 you can have your (or your designee’s) name inscribed on the memorial’s Donor Wall in perpetuity to become a part of our country’s living history.  Large gifts, financial or in-kind, warrant naming rights of specific memorial design elements and other perks; pledges are welcome.  We are anxious to complete the memorial so that we can establish the Turning Point Institute that will provide programming for youth from around the country to further the appreciation and advancement of America’s democratic values and electoral practices.

You most likely know that Congress just passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. There is concern that this may sharply reduce the number of taxpayers who qualify for the charitable tax deduction — a big driver of gifts to nonprofits. Please take advantage of making your and/or your company’s tax-deductible gift to Turning Point before December 31, 2017. Donations can be made on-line at www.suffragistmemorial.org or checks made payable to TPSMA can be mailed to Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association, 5400 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA  22039.

For further information and to see renderings of the memorial please visit our website,  www.suffragistmemorial.org. Kindly contact me directly with your questions at 703-201-3171 or by email. Thank you!

Warm regards, Pat Wirth

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Women’s suffrage festivities in early November 2017 in Albany, NY

Saturday, November 4, 2017 was a big day for the New York State suffrage centennial in Albany, NY. The conference during the day sponsored by the NYS Cultural Heritage Tourism Network was a highlight, along with a reception during the evening hosted by the NYS League of Women Voters to coincide with the opening of the NYS “Votes for Women” exhibit at the New York State Museum. The exhibit, four years in the making, is on display through May 2018.

New York State is celebrating its 2017 suffrage centennial! on Vimeo.

State of New York rolls out red carpet for 100 years of women voting on Vimeo.

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Three audio podcasts highlighting “Jailed for Freedom”

THREE AUDIO PODCAST SERIES SHOW U.S. SUFFRAGE ACTIVISTS FOR THE COMPLEX, PERSISTENT, AND FESITY INDIVIDUALS THEY WERE:

(1.) “Trouble Brewing in Seneca Falls.” Podcast #1. Podcast #2. Podcast #3. Podcast #4. Podcast #5. Podcast #6. Podcast #7. The story of the women of Seneca Falls, NY who planned the 1848 women’s rights convention. How they had to get out of their comfort zone to pull off a social revolt in mind and spirit that sent shock waves through the nation.

(2.) “Playing Politics with the President.” Podcast #1. Podcast #2. Podcast #3. Podcast #4. Podcast #5. Podcast #6. Podcast #7. Podcast #8. Podcast #9. How it became evident from 1913 to 1917 that bolder tactics and strategies would become necessary for women to win the right to vote. The “polite” strategy no longer worked. Success came about as a result of everyone working together, plus the mix of feisty devil-may-care types who collaborated with the more traditional types of women.

(3.) “The Night of Terror.” Podcast #1. Podcast #2. Podcast #3. Podcast #4. Podcast #5. Podcast #6. Podcast #7. Podcast #8. The story of how militant women suffrage activists were beaten and terrorized one night in their prison cells near the nation’s capitol in 1917. This audio narrative isn’t for the faint of heart. And it doesn’t represent all of the suffrage activists, but rather a segment of them who didn’t mind stepping out of women’s traditional roles.

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Who and what is causing the waves over women’s suffrage centennial events?

High Tea in the Spirit of 1776 on Vimeo.

THE WOMEN’S VOTE CENTENNIAL (WVCI)

The Women’s Vote Centennial (WVCI) is an on-the-ground initiative of those across the nation determined that the 2020 centennial of American women voting isn’t lost in the swamp of current events. Hosted by the NWP (the National Woman’s Party) in Washington, DC, the effort is driven by love and determination to make sure the centennial doesn’t come and go in a whimper. The initiative encourages local, state, and national recognition of this extraordinary grassroots campaign that started long before the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention that became a turning point in the struggle continuing to today. Follow the national organizing effort for 2020.

To volunteer, find out about programs and activities, visit the NWP web site.

If you have a project or event celebrating women’s initiatives, let us know. 

THE WOMEN’S STATUE FUND FOR CENTRAL PARK IN NYC

The Statue Fund for Central Park is breaking the bronze ceiling to create the first statue of real women in the 164-year history of NYC’s Central Park, the Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Woman Suffrage Movement Monument, according to Pam Elam, president of the initiative. “For me this project is all about rethinking the past and reshaping the future. You may well wonder how we can do that with one statue. And the answer is that it’s not just about one statue of two figures with the names of many others incorporated in the design—it’s about a movement.

“It’s about the largest nonviolent revolution in the history of this nation when over half the population was enfranchised. It’s an instant history lesson. It’s an examination of how social change comes about. It’s learning from the past to do a better job of fighting for equality and justice in the future. It’s challenging municipalities all across this nation and this world to honor all the people who made those cities great by including tributes to women and people of color in their public spaces. But most of all, it’s about completing the journeys toward justice of the valiant women who came before us and achieving the full equality for women that they were denied. It’s about the incredible power of moving history forward.”

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Suffrage centennial events link food with women’s rights programming!

Food and Activism go together: From Suffrage Wagon Cooking School on Vimeo.

Suffrage Wagon Cooking School promotes vintage voting rights cookbooks with fundraisers, programs, and special celebrations. It’s fun. It’s authentic. And something we’re finding more often as the long struggle to win voting rights. Stop by the cooking school. Find out about demonstrations and tips.

OTHER SUFFRAGE NEWS:Beyond Suffrage: A Century of Women in New York Politics” opens October 11, 2017 at the Museum of the City of New York. 

Massachusetts has a suffrage centennial web site.

Women will Vote is one book due to be published in September 2017 from Cornell University Press that puts the suffrage organizing to win the vote in perspective. This has been difficult because the struggle took decades and encompassed many different organizations, strategies and tactics.

Hundreds of voting organizations and activists of many types worked for the same goal of voting rights for women. No one individual or organization stood for the varied tactics and goals of what many considered an impossible task of uniting American women under one banner of Votes for Women. There were tens of thousands of grassroots activists. While one organization may have made decisions to support one platform, dozens of other organizations chose other positions and strategies to reach the same goal.

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A Call to Action about the 2020 suffrage centennial—Gazette from NWHP published!

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“How Women Won the Vote” is the theme of the National Women’s History Project’s “Gazette,” a 24-page special issue. It includes a valuable “Call to Action” to alert citizens from coast to coast to get ready for the 2020 national suffrage centennial. A single copy is free. A total of 25 copies can be purchased for $10 from the NWHP store online.

The National Women’s History Project’s 2017 special edition devoted to the women’s suffrage grassroots movement is a pivotal and groundbreaking marker in time alerting Americans to write women back into history. This has been the vision of the NWHP for the past 35 years.

The “Call to Action” editorial doesn’t mention the debates that will inevitably surface with the passage of time on the national level. The focus instead is on recognizing the significance of this dramatic social movement and rally individuals and organizations to recognize our history for what it is—all of it. There is a great deal to acknowledge. The Gazette editorial reads in part:

“The Women’s Suffrage Centennial honors this specific part of American history. We encourage celebrations to keep the focus on the women who won the vote and not leave them behind in discussions of contemporary history. The anniversary is not the time for such general approaches as ‘women in America’ or ‘women in protest.’ Rather, it should mark the start of many shows, exhibits, discussions and art on the historic and spiritual importance of multicultural suffragists…”

To keep a 2020 national suffrage commission focused on history rather than politics will be a challenge. Some political operatives are already turning the 2020 national centennial into an ideological battleground with the appointment of those who will serve on the commission. It wasn’t long ago that most Americans didn’t understand the meaning of or they couldn’t pronounce the word “suffrage.” Even fewer were aware of what it meant. This is changing.

Don’t forget that the “How Women Won the Vote” issue is available for bulk distribution through the National Women’s History Project’s store. Prior issues of the NWHP’s publication have been popular among educators and organizations.

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Women’s suffrage news is increasing in quantity and quality: Kenneth Florey feature

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Wyse Talk – Kenneth Florey: 5/19/2016 from Branford Community Television on Vimeo.

Scholar and collector of women’s suffrage materials Kenneth Florey discusses his published books and is generous when sharing his knowledge and love of the women’s suffrage movement. The above video from Vimeo is one such example. Check out Kenneth Florey’s website.

Highlights from Kenneth Florey’s book on suffrage movement postcards.

“American Woman Suffrage Postcards” by Kenneth Florey on Vimeo.

IN OTHER NEWS:

Suffrage activist Alice Paul used the title “Toward Equality” for her 1928 law school thesis. The volunteer task force planning the national 2020 centennial has chosen “Toward Equality” for its logo and campaign theme. The Minnesota History Center Museum is working on a suffrage exhibition to travel across the nation in 2020. The Lake George, NY Historical Association opened its exhibit on women’s suffrage in May of 2017. Increasing amounts of suffrage-related jewelry is now available on the market. Performances of suffrage songs from history are also popular. Performer Linda Allen from the state of Washington is one example.

The 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial has a listserv. An update on a federal bill to establish a 2020 suffrage centennials is being monitored. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission Act into the 115th Congress in April. The bill is co-sponsored by 15 of the 21 female senators; 14 of the 15 Democratic women co-sponsored (plus Republican Susan Collins of Maine).  The bill has been included in the FY 17 omnibus spending measure with a $2 million appropriation attached.  It must still pass the House and be signed by the president.

HISTORY OF NYS SUFFRAGE COMMISSION (Courtesy, Humanities New York!)

June 2015: Two bills establishing the commission (A01019A/S02388-A) passed unanimously by both the New York State Assembly and New York State Senate with the support from Senator Little and Assemblymember Gunther.

November 2015: Governor Cuomo signed the bills into law.
March 1, 2016: Governor Cuomo appointed Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul to the Commission and proclaimed March Women’s History month in New York.
August 22, 2016: the Commission held its first meeting at The M’Clintock House in Waterloo, NY where Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul was nominated Chair.
March 1, 2017: Commission met at Albany, NY to unveil the new website and outline plans for the year ahead.
June 2017: Meeting of Suffrage Commission in New York City.
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“Nevertheless they persisted”: NWHP theme for next year, plus suffrage centennial events!

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The National Women’s History Project has announced its theme for National Women’s History Month 2018: “NEVERTHELESS THEY PERSISTED: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.” The 2018 theme recognizes the intersecting forms of discrimination women have faced, and continue to face, throughout American history and celebrates the diverse women who have fought, and continue to fight, discrimination at all level and in all forms. Nominations should be emailed to nwhpnominations@gmail.com. Nomination will be accepted through May 20, 2017. Nomination form on the NWHP web site. The nominee’s contributions should be of national significance and her work should amount to more than a single act or accomplishment. Nominations of women from diverse backgrounds are encouraged. Nominations can be of both living and deceased women. For details, contact the NWHP.

IN OTHER NEWS: The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Commission will present a program on April 27th: “The Extraordinary Harriet Tubman: From Slavery to Freedom and Beyond” by Dr. Judith Wellman at the Niagara Falls Amtrak Station in collaboration with the Association for a Buffalo Presidential Center, the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women, and the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area. The Trailblazing Women Speaker Series celebrates the centennial year of women’s suffrage in New York State.

May 4 to 7, 2017 is the Spring Writers Literary Festival in Ithaca, NY, a four-day festival the first weekend in May hosted by the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County. Erica S. Brath Jennifer Cremerius, Rachel Dickinson, Barbara Mink, Liz Thompson, and hosts Stacey Murphy and Nora Snyder will present material from an anthology of writing related to women’s suffrage to be released in summer 2017. The anthology is a project of the Writers’ Block Party.

June 7, 2017 is the date for the New York Cultural Heritage Tourism Network’s spring conference “Developing Strategic Organizational Sustainability” at Colgate University from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The program is designed for organizations, businesses and private sector interests to become active participants in their communities through regional economic development.

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