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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.

Inaugural meeting of NYS women’s suffrage commission held in Seneca Falls, NY

NYS suffrage centennial

NEWS: The campaign is in the last stages for the nomination of America’s suffrage martyr, Inez Milholland, to be awarded a presidential citizens’ medal. The online digital petition is still available for your signature.

The kick-off for New York State Women’s Suffrage 100th Anniversary Commemoration Commission was held in Seneca Fall, NY in August 2016. The commission is responsible for a series of statewide programs celebrating the suffrage victory in New York State in 1917. New York women won the right to vote in November of 1917.

“We will be taking the message of women’s equality all across the State over the next three years and celebrating the accomplishments of women and their contributions history,” said Commission Chair Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “At the same time, as the state’s highest-ranking elected woman, I hope we can inspire the next generation of young women who want to rise up and achieve great things themselves.”

The New York State Women’s Suffrage 100th Anniversary Commemoration Commission was sponsored by Sen. Betty Little and Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. During its inaugural meeting in 2016, members of the Commission outlined plans for events to take place over the next three years highlighting historic achievements for women that include voting rights.

Women voters: Voting rights didn’t come easy! on Vimeo.
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Big birthday bash in NYC, plus suffrage centennial news notes

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SuffrageCentennials.com is partnering with WomensActivism.NYC and the NYC Department of Records and Information Services on spreading the word about the event, “Declaration of Sentiments: The Remix” scheduled for November 12, 2015, 7:30 p.m., at the Great Hall at Cooper Union in NYC. The focus is the celebration of New York’s 2017 suffrage centennial and the 200th birthday of Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

The ticket buying link is: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10039568 

Performers include Sweet Honey in the Rock, Samantha Bee, Carrie Mae Weems, Sharon Van Etten, Dan Zanes, Princess Nokia, Tona Brown, Carl Hancock Rux, LAVA, Nadia Shahram, Poets Aja Monet, Crystal Valentine and Ramya Ramana, Girl Be Heard, Cat Glennon and Tora Lopez, Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls presents Harsh Crowd.

IN OTHER NEWS: Important conference set for October 15, 2015 in Canada to prepare for its 2016 suffrage centennial. The NYS Cultural Heritage Tourism Network held a conference last week to drum up business for New York’s 2017 suffrage centennial. A preview of the “Suffragette” film shown at a National Women’s Hall of Fame program was one perk of the gathering. Watch for the opening of “Suffragette” at a theatre near you. Ten new women were inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY for 2015.

“The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is featured on Suffrage Bookshelf. The next episode of “Spirit of 1776” suffrage storytelling is scheduled for October 8, 2015: “Spirit of 1776” suffrage storytelling. Great stories for teaching and learning about this important part of American history. What does cooking have to do with suffrage centennials? The Votes for Women movement produced its own cookbooks for fundraising purposes. For the past year one cooking school has been dreaming up recipes and feature articles that remind us of this fact. Farmers’ markets will be ending their seasons soon. Stock up for the winter while there’s still time.

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Canadian suffrage movement centennial conference during October 2015

Canadian conference 2015

A conference entitled 2015 “Canada’s History Forum, The Centennial of Women’s Suffrage” is scheduled on October 15, 2015 to prepare for Canada’s 2016 women’s suffrage centennial celebration. The province of Manitoba granted women the right to vote in provincial elections in January of 1916. Women in Saskatchewan and Alberta followed shortly thereafter. The anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement’s accomplishments in Canada is an opportunity to reflect on the lives of dedicated women. By sharing their stories of perseverance and determination, this inspires young Canadian women today. The conference will be held at the Canadian Museum of History. 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M8. For more information, visit the Nellie McClung Foundation. A Canadian human rights milestone will take place on January 28, 2016. One hundred years ago on this day, Manitoba women were the first in Canada and the British Commonwealth to be awarded the right to vote.

OTHER NEWS NOTES: Columnist on New York History blog, Peter Feinman, expresses disappointment about dashed expectations within state’s history community about waning enthusiasm about I Love New York and Path Through History programs. One problem may be that specialty conferences are often thrown together with speakers and big names without much cohesion other than providing personal platforms for presenters. Feinman suggests that state officials weigh in on the state’s history in a broader way than viewing the history community and historic sites as just another version of a chamber of commerce.

Long Island women joined parade in Smithtown, NY to bring attention to New York State’s 2017 suffrage centennial. The blog for LetsRockTheCradle.com highlights events commemorating the women’s rights movement. There’s still time to plan a trip to the cradle of the women’s rights movement in the United States. Anyone who loves a party should check in with the celebration underway of Suffrage Wagon Cooking School which has been in operation for one year. If your organization is looking for a way to raise money, follow SuffrageCentennials.com to find out dates and occasions to plan around. American history comes alive in the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage storytelling series. Bess, Edna’s best friend, narrates. She’s determined to be a free young woman at the turn of the 20th century. Will she succeed? Stay tuned as the episodes continue.

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Story of the Fourth of July co-conspirators

Do you know the story of the five co-conspirators who crashed a national Fourth of July centennial celebration?If not, you aren’t alone.

Picture the scene: July 4, 1876. Philadelphia, PA. A national celebration with visitors from all over the world.
The platform’s filled with dignitaries, but the co-conspirators waited until after the reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Declaration

At this very moment Susan B. Anthony was ready to make a move along with Matilda Joslyn Gage, Sara Andrews Spencer, Lillie Devereau Blake, and Phoebe W. Couzins.

Anthony marched up to the platform filled with centennial officials. She formally presented the Declaration of Rights of the Women of the United States, an update on the declaration from back in 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York.

THE MESSAGE: that the nation must not turn its back on the Unfinished American Revolution by denying women equality and the right to vote.

After delivering the proclamation, Anthony and others distributed copies to the crowd and left the centennial hall. THE RESULT: Pandemonium. General Howley, chairman, shouted for order to be restored.

THE OUTCOME: Suffrage activists held their own independence celebration in Philadelphia.

The July 4th Co-conspirators

AUDIO ACCOUNT OF WHAT HAPPENED on July 4, 1876 at the Fourth of July national centennial, as told by Elizabeth Cady Stanton in her memoir, Eighty Years and More. Read by Amelia Bowen for Suffrage Wagon News Channel.

NOW, LET’S FIRE UP THE BARBEQUE GRILL in 2015 and have some fun!
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