Need a gift idea? This comprehensive work, The Vote: The Triumph of the Woman Suffrage Movement, is a classic introduction and votes for women movement resource. Available from the National Women’s History Project and American Graphic Press. A great resource when planning for 2020 suffrage centennial observances and celebrations.
With one state to go on the ratification of the ERA, the debate continues. This lengthy radio program presents a range of opinion. In 2023, US women will have been working for 100 years to include equal rights for women in the US Constitution.
HISTORIC ROAD MARKERS ARE PART OF A NATIONAL MOVEMENT WITH 2020 IN MIND
BELOW: Article about the road marker funded by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation highlighting the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon used by Edna Kearns and others in 1913 votes for women organizing in New York City and on Long island.
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
The Alice Paul Institute is publishing five special-edition postcards in order to give everyone a boost when contacting elected representatives. Sign the pledge sponsored by the ERA coalition.
NEWS ABOUT UPCOMING BOOKS ABOUT THE SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT: Barbara F. Berenson is preparing a book on the suffrage movement in Massachusetts. She expects publication by early 2019. Berenson has authored two books on the Boston area; her day job is senior attorney for the MA Supreme Judicial Court.
2020 NEWS: A national task force is inspiring and tracking events celebrating a century of women voting in the United States. There has been activity in Ohio, Kentucky, and New York State where a suffrage centennial exhibit opened at the State Capitol in Albany, NY on March 1, 2017.
The WVCI (2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative) has a logo and five state chairs that so far include New York, Ohio, Massachusetts, Virginia, Missouri, Arkansas, and Washington state. To become a state chair or become part of the planning process, contact email@example.com To receive the Suffrage 2020 list serv monthly or request information about how to post, send an email with a message to Suffrage2020@thezahnisers.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
“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.
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!
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.