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Only one more state to go for ERA: Plan now for August 26th, Women’s Equality Day!

Suffrage activist Rosalie Jones and Edna Kearns, left, on their way hiking in the direction of Albany, NY to see the governor about voting rights, 1914.

BREAKING NEWS: The state of Illinois passed the Equal Rights Amendment which means there is one state to go before the ERA is added to the U.S. Constitution. Here’s the list. Send emails and make phone calls!

Democratic Representative Lou Lang, who worked for this for over 20 years—- Langli@ilga.gov (217) 782-1252

Republican Representative Steven Andersson who helped get his Republican colleagues on board —-
steve@staterep65.com (217) 782-5457

Democratic Rep. Anthony DeLuca —– repdeluca@sbcglobal.net (217)782-1719

Republican Rep. Robert Pritchard —- bob@pritchardstaterep.com (217) 782-0425

Republican Rep. Christine Winger —- winger@ilhousegop.org (217) 7824014

Knuckle down and put on your thinking cap. There’s a buzz going on from now through 2020. And 2020 is an election year. Don’t forget to put suffrage centennial events and celebrations on your “to do” list.

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Great suffrage centennial celebrations, New York State!

Suffrage Wagon Cafe loved the New York State suffrage centennial from 2017 to 2018!! on Vimeo.

Thank you, New York State Museum, for your terrific votes for women exhibition. There were so many events and special celebrations during 2017 and 2018, we couldn’t keep up with it all. If you weren’t featured on the suffrage centennials blog, contact Marguerite Kearns at SuffrageWagon at gmail dot com.

Let us know what you are doing, and if we can feature your hard work, we will.

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“Votes for Women” exhibit on view at New York State Museum to Mother’s Day 2018!

“Spirit of 1776” wagon on exhibit at the New York State Museum in Albany, NY through May 2018! on Vimeo.

Walk through the front door of the New York State Museum in Albany, New York and the exhibit’s impact is felt immediately in the lobby when viewing the “Spirit of 1776” horse-drawn suffrage campaign wagon used by Quaker activist Edna Buckman Kearns in New York City and Long Island in 1913.

Turn to the right in the direction of the museum’s West Gallery and enter a foyer where larger-than-life images of women activists bridge the past and present. These activist heroines peer at us from 1917, 1977, and 2017 with determined and persistent expressions that keep museum visitors from feeling distant from the exhibit’s content. New York State is the cradle of the women’s rights movement in the United States. Most Americans aren’t even aware of this.

“Votes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial” is a large-scale exhibition at the New York State Museum with a companion catalog reflecting a collaboration between three state agencies that will keep this display on public view through May 13, 2018. New York’s men voters approved extending the ballot to women in 1917 after a difficult uphill effort by the state’s women over seven decades.

“Votes for Women” is an exhibit dedicated to the cause of freedom. Several hundred people attended a suffrage history conference sponsored by the NYS Cultural Heritage Tourism Network, in addition to a reception hosted by the NYS League of Women Voters on November 3, 2017, the day before the exhibition opened to the public.

Spirit may be difficult to put into words, but the collection of banners, memorabilia, symbols, tools, multi-media aids, and information panels presented a powerful, stimulating, and provocative reminder of decades of struggle for voting rights.

The exhibit is open to Mother’s Day in May 2018. This is a “must see.”

The State of Massachusetts is roaring toward the 2020 suffrage centennial celebration!

The State of Massachusetts has announced its plans for 2020, and some of the planning has already been put in place.

The Women’s Suffrage Celebration Coalition of Massachusetts has been partnering with the Commonwealth Museum to present a “Suffragist of the Month” display of panels that started in August 2017 and is expected to run through August 2020, the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. By the completion of the project, all of the names listed on the last panel, “Prominent Suffragists,” will have a panel. The Women’s Suffrage Celebration Coalition of Massachusetts can be reached at 617-209-9835.

IN OTHER NEWS: Nevada women have their 2020 suffrage centennial web page up and running. New Mexico women are doing the legwork to investigate placing a suffrage plaque at the state capitol in Santa Fe. New Mexico’s state’s suffrage history is summarized in an excellent article. Humanities New York has done a remarkable job of supporting and funding special events, especially during the 2017 NYS suffrage centennial.

The number of events about the suffrage movement on the state level is noteworthy. One source of information has been a calendar published by the NYS suffrage commission. The mainstream media has an uneven record of covering the suffrage movement, but this should change by 2020. Social media and local newspapers have been covering local events. Publishers have been cranking out books on the topic. Stay current with the news as we can publish it at SuffrageCentennials.com

See “Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon at New York State Museum in Albany, NY before exhibit closes!

Women Voters: Plan for 2020, the U.S. voting rights centennial! on Vimeo.

The “Votes for Women” exhibition at the New York State Museum in Albany, NY closes on Mother’s Day in May 2018. It goes back into the museum warehouse. But buckle up. We have our fingers crossed that the wagon will be seen during 2020. That’s the year of the national suffrage centennial, and hopefully the wagon will be there again.

Don’t forget that the U.K. has events and celebrations during 2018—the U.K.’s suffrage centennial!

Put August 26th on your calendar. Women’s Equality Day. Do you have something planned?

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The 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative (WVCI) has launched a web site, 2020Centennial.org, that serves as a central organizing and information sharing platform for the 2020 national suffrage centennial when American women will have been voting for 100 years.

“Mother Mends” is a suffrage song—about women winning the right to vote. It is composed by Joe DeFilippo and performed by the R.J. Phillips Band, a group of Baltimore musicians. Joe DeFilippo: vocals, acoustic guitar, bass guitar; Patrick McAvinue: fiddle; Bill Phelan: 12 string guitar, pedal steel; Leslie Darr, background vocals; Bill Pratt: drums, organ, background vocals. Produced & recorded by: Bill Pratt @ the Bratt Studio, Baltimore, MD.

Sign up with the 2020 Women’s Vote CentennialLet Suffrage2020 know what your organization is planning for 2020. Post on the group’s Facebook page or web pages for events coming soon and/or post to the listserv. To post, send an email with the message to Suffrage2020@thezahnisers.com. Updates from the Suffrage2020 listserv:

NOW is the time to approach your state legislators about a state 2020 commission. One bill to use as a model is the bill establishing the New York State Suffrage Commission. Even without any appropriation of funds, a state commission can provide visibility for a state’s 2020 efforts and leverage fundraising.

The Minnesota League of Women Voters, the Minnesota Women’s Consortium, and Zeta Phi Beta, together with 2020 WVCI, are meeting with legislators about submitting a bill establishing a Minnesota state commission.

The work of the National 2020 Suffrage Centennial Commission can’t start until all members are appointed. Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House have yet to announce their choices. Congress appropriated $2 million for the 2020 commission.

The Iowa League of Women Voters, AAUW, the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women, and Carrie Chapman Center at Iowa State, and others have joined together for a 2020 commemoration. Their plans include artworks, billboards, lectures, musical performances, curricula and much more.

The Washington Women’s History Consortium is overseeing the updating of resources developed originally for their state suffrage centennial.  The Washington State Archives has updated a poster created for that centennial.

Last chance to see the “Spirit of 1776” wagon before New York State Museum exhibit closes!

“Spirit of 1776” women’s suffrage wagon on exhibit through 2018!! on Vimeo.

Last chance to see “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon before New York State “Votes for Women” exhibit closes. Great year for the wagon. It will have been on display from March 2017 through May 2018.

Thank you, New York. It was a terrific suffrage centennial!’

Honor Inez Milholland through 2020, the nation’s suffrage centennial.

Drop by the Inez Milholland centennial blog: InezMilholland.wordpress.com

Follow the suffrage wagon at SuffrageWagon.org

Annual fundraising luncheon at Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester, NY

We’re off to the Susan B. Anthony Museum & House in Rochester, New York! on Vimeo.

Valentine’s Day or February 14th in 2018 is the bicentennial of the date Frederick Douglass chose as his birthday, and it’s a day before Susan B. Anthony’s 198th birthday on the 15th.

Elaine Weiss will be the keynote speaker on February 14th for the 2018 Susan B. Anthony birthday luncheon at the Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester, NY. Weiss, a journalist and author of  The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, will highlight the dramatic climax of the woman’s suffrage movement. The book will be published by Viking in March 2018. Weiss has presented at the Library of Congress, National Archives, Smithsonian Museum of American History, Hull House, the Chautauqua Institution, and many libraries, historical societies, and universities.

Individual seats and group tables may be reserved by calling 585-279-7490 x 10. Contact Lesia Telega at 585-279-7490 x 12 for more information.

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Hot Tea Month in January and letter from Pat Wirth about Turning Point Suffragist Memorial!

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Keep the tea pot hot for Susan B. Anthony’s birthday party in February! on Vimeo.


Dear Friends,

We’re in the midst of a resurgence of political participation in American democracy.  In 2017, women marched for equality in unprecedented numbers.  They flooded their representatives’ phone lines and filled town halls across the country to make their voices heard on critical issues.  Thousands of women attended programs to learn how to run for office; they not only declared their candidacies in record numbers, but they won in record numbers.

Today’s equal rights advocates are reminiscent of what millions of women, known as suffragists, began fighting for in 1848 in a small town in upstate New York – Seneca Falls.  They never gave up and won voting rights for every American woman. Five million crusaders from every walk of life fought 72 years to win the vote. Ratification of the 19th Amendment achieved the greatest expansion of democracy on a single day the world had ever seen, yet few know the full story behind this movement that included scores of women who picketed the White House who were falsely arrested, jailed, beaten, tortured and denied all civil liberties. Our association intends to honor all these unsung heroines with a national memorial that will elevate them and their triumph to their rightful place in history; it will be dedicated on the centennial anniversary of this significant milestone, August 26, 2020.

Your chance to make a legacy gift to help build this national memorial is rapidly closing.  The unfinished business of honoring “America’s original wonder-women” – as I like to think of them – is a once in a life-time opportunity.  We welcome all donations; for a minimum of $1,000 you can have your (or your designee’s) name inscribed on the memorial’s Donor Wall in perpetuity to become a part of our country’s living history.  Large gifts, financial or in-kind, warrant naming rights of specific memorial design elements and other perks; pledges are welcome.  We are anxious to complete the memorial so that we can establish the Turning Point Institute that will provide programming for youth from around the country to further the appreciation and advancement of America’s democratic values and electoral practices.

You most likely know that Congress just passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. There is concern that this may sharply reduce the number of taxpayers who qualify for the charitable tax deduction — a big driver of gifts to nonprofits. Please take advantage of making your and/or your company’s tax-deductible gift to Turning Point before December 31, 2017. Donations can be made on-line at www.suffragistmemorial.org or checks made payable to TPSMA can be mailed to Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association, 5400 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA  22039.

For further information and to see renderings of the memorial please visit our website,  www.suffragistmemorial.org. Kindly contact me directly with your questions at 703-201-3171 or by email. Thank you!

Warm regards, Pat Wirth

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Will “Spirit of 1776” be on exhibit in 2020? on Vimeo.

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