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Inez Milholland, the U.S. suffrage martyr, honored during 2018 through 2020!!

Inez Milholland on Parade during 2020!  on Vimeo.

Suffrage Centennials was a partner in the 2016 commemoration of Inez Milholland’s death in 1916. We continue to honor her during 2018 and spread the word to schools, organizations, individuals, and special interest groups. We stay current with news about Inez through her centennial blog:


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Call for nominations—National Women’s History Project

The National Women’s History Project Theme for 2019 is:Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence

This year the National Women’s History Project honors women who have led efforts to end war, violence, and injustice and pioneered the use of nonviolence to change society.  These Honorees embraced the fact that the means determine the ends and so developed nonviolent methods to insure just and peaceful results.

For generations, women have resolved conflicts in their homes, schools, and communities. They have rejected violence as counterproductive and stressed the need to restore respect, establish justice, and reduce the causes of conflict as the surest way to peace. From legal defense and public education to direct action and civil disobedience, women have expanded the American tradition of using inclusive, democratic and active means to reduce violence, achieve peace, and promote the common good.

From women’s rights and racial justice to disarmament and gun control, the drive for nonviolent change has been championed by visionary women. These women consciously built supportive, nonviolent alternatives and loving communities as well as advocating change. They have given voice to the unrepresented and hope to victims of violence and those who dream of a peaceful world. Contact the National Women’s History Project for more information. nwhpnominations@gmail.com by May 31, 2018.

Make sure you, your friends, schools and organizations are planning for 2020 when U.S. women will have been voting for 100 years. Visit the centennial blog for Inez Milholland, the U.S. suffrage martyr. The National Women’s History Project sponsored a year-long observance of the 100 years since Milholland’s death in 1916. Help remember Inez during 2020.

Women’s marches all over the United States on January 20, 2018!

One example of the many women’s marches scheduled for January 20 and 21, 2018 in the United States and around the world. One theme is the importance of voting and women running for elected office. A gathering to honor Inez Milholland, America’s suffrage martyr, will be held at Milholland’s grave in Lewis, New York. This is the second such event honoring Milholland.

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Gathering at the grave of Inez Milholland in Lewis, NY!

Second Annual Adirondack Women’s March Planned at the grave of Inez Milholland in Lewis NY on Saturday, January 20, 2018

In January 2017, in conjunction with the Women’s March on Washington, more than 600 Sister Marches took place, including one in the Adirondacks, at the grave of Inez Milholland in Lewis, NY. “It seemed historically symbolic to hold the January 2017 Adirondack Women’s March at Inez’s grave,” said organizer Sandra Weber, “since it was in solidarity with the march in Washington.”

To celebrate Inez and her fight for equality and human rights, about 400 people climbed the snowy, icy hill in Lewis Cemetery on January 21, 2017. “I was humbled by the massive turnout,” said Weber. “People drove from Vermont, Montreal, and all across the region. We had babies, children and youths, all the way up to 90-year-olds.”

In January 2018, the event will be held again. Organizers Sandra Weber and David Hodges are planning a combination of rally, march, and community celebration, for Saturday, January 20, 2018. The aim of the event is to show solidarity with women around the world. The event will begin at 11:00 am at the grave of Inez Milholland at the top of hill in Lewis Cemetery. The program will include a welcome address, poems, songs, and grave ceremony. Attendees are encouraged to bring signs, flags, and/or flowers to lay on Inez’s grave.

After the program, the march will commence down the hill to the new Inez Milholland roadside marker (at the corner of Route 9 and Fox Run Road), then up Route 9 to Lewis Veterans’ Park, and back past the Lewis Town Hall to the Lewis Congregational Church parsonage. At the parsonage, there will be soup, bread, hot drinks, and goodies. A lively program of sing-alongs, memories of 2017, and inspirational thoughts for the future is planned. Also, the Town of Lewis is graciously opening the town hall from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm so marchers can view the town exhibit about Inez and the Milholland family.

A special highlight of the Adirondack Women’s March 2018 — two showings of “Forward Into Light,” the short film produced by Martha Wheelock about the life of Inez Milholland. Viewings will take place at 10:30am (before the march) and at 1:00pm in the church parsonage. A short Q&A, moderated by Kathy Linker and Sandra Weber, will follow each showing. Women’s March events are also being held in Glens Falls (at noon) and Plattsburgh (at 3:00).

“The story of Inez Milholland continues,” by Regina Ress

With women’s suffrage icon and New York University Law school graduate Inez Milholland as our inspiration, students, faculty and staff of NYU’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions created two major productions in the fall of 2016 focusing on the breakthrough passage of women’s right to vote in New York State on Nov. 6, 1917.

Darci Tucker, a storyteller specializing in bringing historical figures to life, created a performance for the storytelling series at NYU’s Provincetown Playhouse about women’s suffrage activist Inez Milholland. Entitled Upon a White Horse, her show was a combination of storytelling and Chautauqua talk with a question and answer session at the end. Dressed in a period costume, Tucker strode onto the stage fully in character as Milholland. In the guise of hosting a rally, she presented a quick talk about the history of the suffrage movement. Then, in first-person, she told some of her own story about participating in the movement. In the discussion that followed, more of Milholland’s story was shared with the audience.

At the end of Darci Tucker’s show, many audience members crossed Washington Square Park and attended a matinee of the play Hear them Roar. Under the direction of Professor Nan Smithner, a cast of students, faculty and a few outside performers were invited to join the fun. They created a “devised theatre” piece focused on the historic 1917 vote. The student writers researched many issues and activists, both pro-and con, involved with the vote in NY. Historical figures such as Carrie Chapman Catt, Max Eastman, Japanese suffragist Komoko Kimura, and leading anti-suffragist Josephine Dodge interacted with characters representing many of the groups and issues that formed the complex history of women’s rights, civil rights, and women’s suffrage over one hundred years ago.

After one of the performances, Professor Burt Neuborne, who held the Inez Milholland Chair at NYU Law for ten years, and NYU journalism professor Brooke Kroeger, who wrote the recent book The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote, presented a “talk back” session for the cast and audience.

Attendees at both Upon a White Horse and the nine performances of Hear them Roar (which included two special shows for middle school students), along with those of us immersed in the creation of these events, came away from the experience with a deepened understanding of the characters, the context, and the complexities of the suffrage struggle.

At the end of the play, the actors came forward as themselves to proclaim what issues they will “use their voices for” now. As we all know, the struggle for women’s rights, indeed, humans rights, has not ended. We, at NYU, were thrilled to be able to bring to the public these two intertwined productions that gave a bow to the fabulous group of people who fought for women’s suffrage and the rights of all to have a voice in our democracy.

Award winning storyteller, actor, and educator Regina Ress has performed and taught for over fifty years from Broadway to Brazil in English and Spanish in a wide variety of settings from grade schools to senior centers, from homeless shelters and prisons to Lincoln Center and the White House. She teaches storytelling at New York University and produces the long-running storytelling series at the historic Provincetown Playhouse in NYC. reginaress.com

What’s all the fuss over Inez Milholland during women’s suffrage centennials?

Inez Milholland
INEZ MILHOLLAND (1886-1916) is the United States suffrage martyr. Inez gave her life while campaigning for the right of American women to vote. We honor because Inez represents the tens of thousands of activists like her, both leaders and grassroots organizers, who dedicated themselves to winning women’s voting rights from 1848 to 1920.
You may have seen photos of Inez on a horse leading the big women’s suffrage parade in Washington, DC in 1913. But you may not have connected this to the fact that Inez became the U.S. suffrage martyr three years later. Inez collapsed on a lecture platform while on the campaign trail in November 1916 to speak to citizens of the Western states about the importance of American women standing together and winning the right to vote.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: The following YouTube portrayal of Inez Milholland leading the 1913 women’s suffrage parade is enhanced by Hollywood, but you get the idea in this selection from “Iron Jawed Angels,” the 2004 HBO production. YouTube link.
This audio selection below about Inez Milholland highlights the outpouring of grief and appreciation expressed at a memorial service in December 1916.

Audio selection, Inez Milholland tribute, 1916, in Washington, DC at the time of her death. From Jailed for Freedom by Doris Stevens, 1920. Audio by Librivox. Edited by Suffrage Wagon News Channel. For resources and Inez Milholland information, consult InezMilhollandCentennial.com

Memorial service for U.S. suffrage martyr, Inez Milholland, in 1916: a suffrage centennial special! on Vimeo.

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Great suffrage centennial program at NYU during October 2017!

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Planning an outing in July? Seneca Falls, NY is the place to go!

News Notes for Women’s Suffrage Centennial events & celebrations! on Vimeo.

Mark your calendar for Friday, July 14, 2017 from 5:30 to 9:30 pm at the New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, NY. Tickets are $60 each. For reservations, call (315) 568- 5838 or stop by The Seneca Falls It’s a Wonderful Life Museum, 32 Fall St., Seneca Falls. For more information, call (315) 568-5838.

The celebration on July 14 is part of the NYS suffrage centennial, launched with a Thanksgiving Dinner Gala entitled “A Fine Agitation” followed by the premiere of a one-woman play about Dr. Mary Walker, the only American woman to receive the Medal of Honor. The dinner, being served at at the New York Chiropractic College, will be based on a 1916 Thanksgiving menu from The Hoag House, precursor to The Gould Hotel.

The gala will also commemorate the Centennial of the first woman elected to Congress, Jeanette Rankin from Montana. All women currently serving in Congress will be recognized as well as the 50th anniversary of Another Mother for Peace. Born in Oswego, New York, Dr. Mary Walker was one of the earliest women in the United States to earn a medical degree. When the Civil War broke out in 1861, she volunteered to work on the battlefields caring for the wounded. Denied a commission as a medical officer because she was a woman, she volunteered and was eventually appointed assistant surgeon. Captured in 1864, she spent four months as a prisoner of war in a Richmond prison. Dr. Walker lectured throughout the United States and abroad on women’s rights, equality, dress reform, health and temperance issues. She rejected corsets and hoop-skirted dresses, preferring to wear men’s trousers, jackets and a top hat.She was arrested in New York City for impersonating a man. Dr. Mary Walker was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls in 2000.

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Suffrage movement Girl Scout badge & New York suffrage centennial news notes

We supported Inez Milholland for a national presidential citizens medal! on Vimeo.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul have announced a new Girl Scouts patch celebrating the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York. Women in NYS gained the right to vote in 1917, three years before the 19th Amendment granted voting rights to women across the United States. The patch program is a partnership between Girl Scouts councils and the New York State Women’s Suffrage Commission, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. All seven Girl Scouts councils in New York are participating in the patch program.


Nate Levin is one of the speakers in a “Women’s Suffrage Rally” in the City Park in Glens Falls, NY on Sunday, May 7. 2017. There will be speakers, re-enactors, music and tintypes. For more information: Tisha at 518-792-6508 x256.

The New York chapter of the American Association of University Women will hold their convention April 21 to 23 at the DoubleTree Hilton in Syracuse, NY. Speakers include Louise Bernikow and Susan Landino Burhans. The event is promoted as part of the state’s suffrage centennial in 2017.

U.S. President Obama didn’t award Inez Milholland (1886-1916) with a presidential citizens’ medal in 2016, the centennial observance of Milholland’s death. SuffrageCentennials.com was one of the many supporters of recognition for the nation’s suffrage martyr. For more information about Inez.

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