Tag Archive | August 26

Blasts from the past—Long Island and its spies! PLUS suffrage centennial news!

TURN: Washington’s Spies shows Long Island in 1777 and Suffrage Wagon Cafe program shows what happened 100+ years later on Vimeo.

REFLECTING ON TV SPECIAL ABOUT GEORGE WASHINGTON AND HIS SPIES

The TV special about George Washington’s spies in 2015 didn’t come and go without folks paying attention. There’s a connection between Long Island, the colonial spy network there, and the women’s suffrage movement. We also refer to the latter as the first wave of women’s rights activism in the nation.

An excellent article appeared on The New York History Blog (John Warren, editor) that gives more fascinating background on this part of our past. “Long Island’s Austin Roe: American Spy” by Michael DeBonis fills in more of the picture.

ROSALIE JONES AND THE ROAD MARKER INSTALLATION IN HUNTINGTON, NY

And it’s a woman, Rosalie Jones, a Long Island suffrage activist 100+ years later that demonstrates how the British occupation of New York City and Long Island still resonated with living memory of this past. The installation of a marker in the town of Huntington, NY in April 2018 is another reminder of this period of American history when the conflict over independence from England was still up in the air.

See article written by Huntington’s town historian, Robert Hughes.

WHO WAS ROSALIE JONES ANYWAY?

Rosalie Jones was high profile first wave activist from Long Island.

Rosalie Jones: A high-profile Long Island Suffragist on Vimeo.

HOW THE “SPIRIT OF 1776” SUFFRAGE WAGON MADE HISTORY

The incident involving Rosalie Jones, her mother Mary Jones, and Edna Kearns was commemorated in April of 2018 by the installation of a historic marker on the main street of Huntington, NY.

Unveiling of “Spirit of 1776” heritage road marker in Huntington, NY on Vimeo.

UPDATE ABOUT AUGUST 26TH AND A POSSIBLE FEDERAL HOLIDAY

What did you plan for August 26th—Women’s Equality Day—this year? We’re supporting the building a base of support, in people’s homes and communities across the nation to make the date a federal holiday. There’s a growing audience to hear about opportunities to get together, share food, and passions. The National Women’s History Project has been working for over 40 years to write women into American history. This is part of the continuing effort. And making August 26th into a holiday is a priority of the National Women’s History Project, an organization now known as the National Women’s History Alliance.

KEEPING THE STORY OF INEZ MILHOLLAND BEFORE THE PUBLIC

The NWHP sponsored a centennial observance of the death of Inez Milholland in 1916. The centennial blog of this effort is still broadcasting the news. Stop by and say hello: InezMilholland.wordpress.com

And find out about the terrific 15-minute film, “Forward into Light,” that is perfect to view for your organization’s events for August 26th and all during 2020, an election year and centennial of US women voting. It’s a terrific introduction to the country’s suffrage martyr. Find out more at: InezMilholland.org

REMINDER FROM THE NEW YORK STATE MUSEUM IN ALBANY, NY

The New York State Museum in Albany, NY will exhibit the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon used by Edna Kearns (resident of Long Island and NYC) and others in organizing for women’s voting rights. Are you planning a trip in 2020? There’s a lot being planned NOW.

VOTES FOR WOMEN CENTENNIAL INFORMATION RESOURCES

Here at Suffrage Centennials, we carry on. New York State is the “cradle” of the women’s rights movement in the United States. If you didn’t already visit the cradle in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, make plans for 2019 and 2020, the national suffrage centennial.

And visit our sister sites—Suffrage Wagon News Channel and LetsRockTheCradle.com

Get ready for 2020, the observance of 100 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution when the nation’s women will have been voting for 100 years.

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

Why did women’s voting rights take so long?

Crandall Public Library, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary, presents “Votes for Women: Why Did it Take So Long?” a lecture by suffrage historian, Dr. Susan Goodier, in Glens Falls, NY on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the Christine L. McDonald Community Room at Crandall Public Library.

Women won the right to vote in New York State after an almost seven decades long battle. Why did a right that seems so simple take so long for women to acquire? Goodier will discuss the many social, cultural, and economic issues that complicated the movement for suffrage as black and white women sought full citizenship rights in the state and in the nation.

Susan Goodier studies US women’s activism, particularly woman suffrage activism, from 1840 to 1920. She earned a master’s degree in Gender History, a doctorate in Public Policy History, with subfields in International Gender and Culture and Black Women’s Studies, and a Women’s Studies master’s degree, all from SUNY Albany. At SUNY Oneonta, she teaches courses in Women’s History, New York State History, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and Progressivism.

Dr. Goodier is the coordinator for the Upstate New York Women’s History Organization (UNYWHO). She is also an editor for the New York History journal; last fall she edited a double issue on woman suffrage. The University of Illinois published her first book, No Votes for Women: The New York State Anti-Suffrage Movement, in 2013. Her second book, coauthored with Karen Pastorello, is Women Will Vote: Winning Suffrage in New York State (Cornell University Press, 2017), marking the centennial of women voting in New York State. One of Goodier’s current projects is a biography of Louisa M. Jacobs, the daughter of Harriet Jacobs, author of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tisha Dolton at (518) 792-6508 x256. Crandall Public Library, celebrating its 125th anniversary, is located at 251 Glen Street in Glens Falls, New York. crandalllibrary.org

IN OTHER NEWS—FIRST WAVE DESCENDANTS ARE HOT:

Friends and descendants of Ida B. Wells, activist and bold newspaper writer, have been working over the past decade to bring the work and legacy of Wells out into the public. Their recent project, building a statue of Wells in Chicago, has been successful in raising money and building anticipation for 2020, the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

A recent episode of the audio podcast, “A New York Minute in History,” focuses on the women’s suffrage movement with an interview with Coline jenkins, the great great granddaughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Coline Jenkins’ family tree touches on nearly every major women’s rights milestone in the 19th century and beyond. Subscription by way of iTunes, SoundCloud, and Google Play.

Celebrate August 26th (Women’s Equality Day). The National Women’s History Project has announced an initiative to make August 26th a federal holiday. September 17th is Constitution Day, a terrific opportunity to recognize the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution.

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NEWS and reminder about August 26th—Women’s Equality Day!

Women’s Equality Day has its own entry on Wikipedia. It tells anyone who visits the internet that the day of August 26th is to commemorate the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution guaranteeing women’s right to vote and the long and lonely decades dedicated to its passage.

Women’s Equality Day was first celebrated in 1973, and every year the US President announces the observance. But don’t be fooled. It is not a national holiday although many people are advocating for this. The National Women’s History Project (nwhp.org) has put out a call for supporters of making August 26th a national holiday. Membership is free.

NATIONAL EQUALITY PLEDGE

Kamala Lopez, filmmaker of “Equal Means Equal,” is working on distributing a national equality pledge to identify elected officials with their stand on the Equal Rights Amendment. Many grassroots and supporting organizations are using “Equal Means Equal” and other contemporary films and videos for fundraising. “Iron Jawed Angels” remains a popular choice.

INEZ MILHOLLAND IS STILL IN THE PUBLIC EYE

The New  York Times has identified Inez Milholland as number three on a list of ten women who would be good choices for a statue in NYC. Milholland gave her life for women’s right to vote. She died when on the lecture trail in 1916 from pernicious anemia. In 2016, the National Women’s History Project sponsored a year to bring Inez Milholland’s story out of the background and to the attention of the nation. Marguerite Kearns and Robert P.J. Cooney directed the effort. Martha Wheelock produced a film, “Forward into Light,” a 15 minute film about Inez. Thousands of films were distributed free throughout the nation. Follow the Inez Milholland centennial blog for news and views about this continuing effort:

InezMilholland.wordpress.com

IN OTHER NEWS—Tennessee and Washington, DC:

The Tennessee Woman Suffrage Board has sent out invitations to a celebration on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument
 Centennial Park in Nashville. Completed suffrage monuments, now part of the landscape in Tennessee, include Jackson, Knoxville and Nashville. Three more are in progress: 
Chattanooga, Clarksville, and Memphis. Open to the public. A lawn chair and umbrella for rain or shade from the sun is recommended for the August 25th event.

The National Women’s History Museum is promoting tours, starting today, that follow the 1913 woman suffrage parade through DC. The tour starts at the Capitol Reflecting Pool by the Grant Memorial. The tour covers 1.5 miles, lasts about two hours, and ends in Lafayette Square across from the White House. Dates include August 11, 17, 18, 24 and 31, 2018. Contact the Museum web site for more information and cost.

UPDATE ON TURNING POINT SUFFRAGIST MEMORIAL:

 

SuffrageCentennials.com continues to work toward 2020, the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Follow us on the blog, Twitter, Facebook, and email subscription.

In 2020, let’s make Women’s Equality Day a national holiday!

Americans throughout the nation are joining the Women’s History Alliance in order to support Women’s Equality Day on August 26, 2020 being declared as a federal holiday.

Can we do this in four years? The planning for the 2020 suffrage centennial is already underway. This includes the 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative (WVCI) that is looking toward programs and events throughout the nation. The National Collaborative of Women’s History Sites (NCWHS) is working to establish a Votes for Women Heritage Trail. It is on board, as is the National Women’s History Project with its 2016 theme, “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government” with a special 2016 Women’s Equality Day poster and a 2016 Women’s Equality Day PowerPoint presentation.

Sign up to become a state contact for the Women’s History Alliance by contacting Molly Murphy MacGregor at nwhp1980@gmail.com or
(707) 636-2888.

IN OTHER NEWS: A project to celebrate the 2017 women’s suffrage centennial in NYS. Dawn Scibilia, a filmmaker, is working on a documentary about political women in the twentieth century (1920, 1930, and 1940s). The crowd funding campaign to support “After the Vote” is about the many women who played influential political roles in twentieth-century New York City. Most Americans recognize the name of Eleanor Roosevelt but they may have little knowledge of the progressive public policies she advocated and helped achieve. Fewer still are aware of Frances Perkins, a key figure in achieving Social Security and the rights of labor unions. Hundreds of other women had similar policy goals and worked alongside Roosevelt and Perkins to win them. Contact: https://www.gofundme.com/Afterthevote

Convention Days are celebrated in July in Seneca Falls, New York each year. And while you’re in Seneca Falls, visit the women’s rights park.
Convention Days in Seneca Falls, NY

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