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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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