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Happy Labor Day from your friends at Suffrage Centennials!

What it means when we say: “Let’s Rock the Cradle” on Vimeo.

When someone says, “Lets Rock The Cradle,” they are also saying—”Let’s get these suffrage centennials underway.” This is a boost for suffrage centennial fans.

Stop in at LetsRockTheCradle.com and stay a while. LetsRockTheCradle started as a blogging tour of the “cradle” of the women’s rights movement in the US. The “cradle” is located in the Finger Lakes district of New York State.

Follow the exhibition news of the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon used by first wave activist Edna Kearns and others during 1913. The iconic wagon is in the collection of the New York State Musuem in Albany, NY.

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AND HAPPY LABOR DAY!

The observance of suffrage centennials isn’t an obsession of only women. The first wave of the women’s rights movement in the United States wasn’t a monolithic effort conducted by one type of individual or organization. It was a loose coalition of the entire spectrum of activists—and this caused all sorts of challenges in addition to embarrassing moments when a vertical point of view collided with a horizontal social perspective. The movement depended on a highly sophisticated collaboration with men and organizing in many communities across the nation.

For most of the 20th century following the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, the stories of the first wave were forgotten. Now they are coming out of the mist and examined. It’s a fascinating process. The nation, states, and local communities are planning special events and commemorations for 2020.

What are you thinking about for 2020?

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Bringing Hattie Redmond and Inez Milholland out in the open!

EFFORT CONTINUES TO HONOR INEZ MILHOLLAND

One bulletin from Suffrage Wagon News Channel focuses on the continuing effort to bring Inez Milholland, the US suffrage martyr, to public attention. Over one hundred years have passed since her death, a turning point in the struggle of American women to win the right to vote.

The National Women’s History Project set aside 2016 to acknowledge the sacrifice of Inez Milholland. Marguerite Kearns and Robert P.J. Cooney coordinated the effort. InezMilhollandCentennial.com  And the centennial blog honoring Inez MIlholland continues publishing. Check it out.

InezMilholland.wordpress.com

Also: Twitter.com/SuffrageMartyr

NEWS FROM OREGON

Oregon’s statewide commemoration of women gaining access to the vote in 2012 has many highlights, and one of them is the uncovering of the history of black suffragist Harriet “Hattie” Redmond. She was intimately involved in the campaign of 1912 by holding rallies and hosting speakers at her church, serving on the central planning committee, and registering to vote in early 1913 after Oregon’s constitution was amended. Recently Oregon State University announced that one of their buildings is being renamed the  Hattie Redmond Women and Gender Center. This is part of an effort to rename campus buildings associated with slave owners and supporters of slavery at OSU.

More interest than ever is being generated by the upcoming 2020 national suffrage centennial with the centennial observance of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution. The UK is celebrating its 100th year of women voting during 2018.

SUFFRAGE CENTENNIALS LOOKS FORWARD TO 2020

Follow: SuffrageCentennials.com for news and views. Celebrate women’s history on Labor Day. The amount of effort and strenuous work put into the first wave of the women’s rights movement is being recognized, finally!

Votes for women gift idea—classic reference book on suffrage movement, plus NEWS!

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.

“Winning the Vote” by Robert P.J. Cooney, Jr. on Vimeo.

THE DEBATE OVER THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT

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.

 Link to “Huntington Now.”

Birthday for Suffrage Centennials in 2018—plus news of interest!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR:

The West Brookfield Historical Commission (in Massachusetts) proudly presents a bicentennial birthday celebration for activist Lucy Stone to celebrate her 200th birthday on Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12, 2018. There will be a three-site tour, a suffragist tea, and a musical event by the Old Sturbridge Village Singers.

The New England Town of West Brookfield is located approximately 20 miles west of Worcester, Massachusetts. Situated on the Historic Boston Post Road, the town was the halfway stop on the stage route from Worcester to Springfield. The picturesque Common is the beginning of establishing the Center Historic District. Within walking distance is the Old Indian Cemetery and other locations of historical significance. For more information: Dan Hamilton 508 637-1329, or email: lucy@westbrookfield.org

A SPECIAL RESOURCE FROM DAVID DISMORE

Feminist history researcher David Dismore has a daily women’s history post that connects the present day with the past. Want to know what happened 100 years ago? Sign up for information that fills in the blanks. You get an instant blast from the past from facebook.com/Equalitarian

How is this for persistence? When we started publishing five years ago, few people even thought about 2020, the nation’s suffrage centennial observance when American women will have been voting for 100 years. Spread the word!  Follow the Suffrage Centennials blog. We’re also on Twitter and Facebook.

IN OTHER NEWS: 

The restoration of an old Quaker Meetinghouse in Farmington, NY needs matching funds to meet the requirements of a grant to assist in the building’s restoration. Visit the web site for more information.

The National Voter Registration Day is September 25, 2018. Find out how you can give a hand. NationalVoterRegistrationDay.org for trainings and other resources.

Follow our sister web platforms featuring the first wave of the women’s rights movement in the US—

LetsRockTheCradle.com    SuffrageCentennials.org    InezMilholland.wordpress.com

Suffrage Centennials covers news, views, events and highlights of upcoming suffrage centennial celebrations. With a straight face, there are those out there suggesting that 2020 isn’t worthy of emphasis. That’s why we persist in remembering that women’s freedom to vote was won after a long and difficult struggle.

The first wave of the women’s rights movement in the US was decentralized. Hundreds of organizations on the local, state, and national levels worked to win the franchise.Their very different practices and polices made headlines. This is important to note when commentators today suggest that the suffrage movement was monolithic and its leaders spoke for all women, their strategies, and tactics.

UK Suffrage Centennial: Plus centennial news & the honoring of suffrage martyr Inez Milholland

Follow the news in the centennial blog still ongoing that features news and views about Inez Milholland, the U.S. suffrage martyr. InezMilholland.wordpress.com See also the Twitter feed for Inez: Twitter.com/SuffrageMartyr

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SUFFRAGE NEWS: “First Women UK” will exhibit 100 portraits of first women in the UK in a striking and immersive exhibition at the Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art in London starting on July 20 2018 and continuing through August 22 to mark the anniversary of the centenary of women’s right to vote. Photographer Anita Corbin has officially unveiled her 10 year project documenting 100 pioneering 21st century women who have achieved the landmark title ‘First Woman’ across a range of disciplines including sport, media, military, faith, business, arts, music and politics. 

The National Portrait Gallery has purchased eight of the portraits for the UK archive and a book of the entire First Women UK collection is scheduled for a 2018 publication. The exhibition: Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, Riverside, 1 Hester Road London SW11 4AN.

Stay in touch with the National Women’s History Project that has been working to write women into US history for more than 40 years. A special luncheon and program in California will recognize the History Project’s Honorees on August 18, 2018. Information on the NWHP website.

Visit suffrage-friendly web platforms: LetsRockTheCradle.com and SuffrageWagon.org

A suffrage postal stamp? Convention Days in July? And suffrage news from the US and UK!

Get ready for 2020—a special message from Marguerite Kearns on Vimeo

CONVENTION DAYS IN SENECA FALLS, NY EVERY JULY! ARE YOU GOING?

FROM THE UK DURING ITS 2018 SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL OBSERVANCE:

Amnesty International has published a “Suffragette Spirit Map” as part of the 2018 suffrage commemoration in the United Kingdom. The organization noted in a release: “The incredible work of the suffragettes – ordinary women who stopped at nothing to get their voices heard – paved the way for a century of women’s rights work in the UK. The suffragette spirit is alive and well in the UK today. Women across the UK are still fighting for their rights. ”

WHAT ABOUT US SUFFRAGE COMMEMORATIVE STAMPS IN 2020?

The likelihood of suffrage centennial stamps being distributed is up in the air. Several organizations and interested individuals are asking about their prior letters to the US Postal Service recommending Inez Milholland and other high-profile Votes for Women activists. But it isn’t certain if these suggestions were received or if they will  be acted on during 2020. If you have a minute, send a letter of inquiry to: Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 3300, Washington, DC 20260-3501, and consult their website. The Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee is appointed by the Postmaster General.

EQUALITY SALON AT THE BELMONT-PAUL WOMEN’S EQUALITY NATIONAL MONUMENT:

The National Woman’s Party’s suffrage headquarters at 144 Constitution Ave NE In Washington, DC is operating as part of the National Park Service (now the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument). Its programs are noteworthy. On Tuesday, July 17, 2018 there’s an Equality Salon from 6-8 p.m. entitled “Women’s Equality in the Age of #MeToo.” On Thursday, July 26, 2018 there will be a centennial book talk with Rebecca Roberts about her new published work, “Suffragists In Washington,DC: The 1913 Parade and the Fight for the Vote” at the East City Bookshop in Washington, DC.

MATCHING FUNDS CAMPAIGN FOR ALICE PAUL INSTITUTE

The deadline is July 15, 2018 to give to the Alice Paul Institute’s matching funds campaign to raise money for its ongoing campaign. Donors have contributed $8,000 of the goal of $10,000 that can sustain the current level of leadership programs. It can take 40 girls to participate in the International Day of the Girl at the United Nations. It can take 10 girls to the National Young Feminist Leadership Conference in DC in March 2019. It can offer 3 weeks of dynamic leadership programs for middle and high school students. With $20,000 those goals can be doubled. Visit the Alice Paul Institute: AlicePaul.org

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National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY raising money for expansion!!

Suffrage Centennial celebrations are out in the open like never before! on Vimeo.

The National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York (womenofthehall.org) is planning to make its new headquarters fully available to the public during 2020 at the former Seneca Knitting Mill in Seneca Falls. The new facility will have exhibits, a conference room, office spaces, a reception area, gardens, and more. The fundraising campaign is ongoing. The NWHF will announce its new inductees into the women’s national hall of fame sometime next year.

Other organizations have put 2020 on their schedules to meet the national centennial deadline. This includes numerous groups and associations on the state level, including the 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative (2020centennial.org), the national clearinghouse, that will be publishing a calendar of events and celebrations for 2020 when US women will have been voting for 100 years.

The statue of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony proposed for Central park in NYC is expected to be unveiled during 2020 as part of the national centennial celebration. Turning Point Suffragist Memorial is also expected to open its doors during 2020.

The New York State suffrage centennial in 2017 really demonstrated what can be done with focus, funding, and determination. New York passed legislation establishing a suffrage centennial commission that will be in operation through 2020. The centennial observance of U.S. suffrage martyr, Inez Milholland, in 2016 is still ongoing. There are videos galore on a wide range of suffrage-related topics and a growing awareness by many that 2020, when American women will have voted for 100 years, will have an impact far behind what we could have imagined.

Are you planning to celebrate August 26, 2018— Women’s Equality Day? What plans are underway for you during 2020, our national suffrage centennial?

SuffrageCentennials.com has been publishing since 2013.

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.”