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Hints that the 2020 suffrage centennial is getting closer!

The upcoming 2020 national suffrage centennial is getting closer. One way to tell is the appearance of first wave women’s rights activists like Alice Paul appearing in a major network show, “Timeless.” She is framed for murder and needs a top woman Sherlock type to bail her out. It’s the second season of “Timeless,” episode 7.

Alice Paul is identified as being responsible, due to her persistence, with the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Alice herself wouldn’t have insisted on the credit. Many tens of thousands of women across the nation participated in the agitation for decades.

And Alice Paul wouldn’t have called herself a “suffragette,” which is part of the TV promotion for the show, even though she did work in England with the suffrage movement there. American activists would have more likely called themselves “suffragists” than “suffragettes.”

It is about time that the entertainment industry recognizes a part of American history that has been marginalized for most of the 20th century. We’ll be hearing more about these courageous activists as 2020 approaches when U.S. women will have been voting for 100 years.

Follow SuffrageCentennials.com. We have been publishing since 2013. The UK is celebrating its suffrage centennial in 2018. Image is from “Timeless” publicity.

Princess Sophia suffragette book is now in paperback—also new play in London!

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This long video from YouTube has great high-quality archival footage. The book about suffragette Princess Sophia is now in paperback from Bloomsbury. The play “Princess Suffragette” will be performed by the London Grey & Green Theatre Company from February 22-26, 2017. This contemporary (re)telling of Princess Sophia Duleep Singh’s journey, from her aristocratic upbringing as the daughter of an exiled Maharajah, to her political awakening as the first British-Asian suffragette that is said to be an “inventive new play about identity, risk and heart, and twist our notions of feminism as well as define moments of British and Indian history, through the eyes of an extraordinary woman.”

“Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary” on Vimeo.

A good read! Highly recommended, not only for the suffrage movement in England and Princess Sophia’s participation in it, but also her ties to India and the perspective of a young woman in exile in London.

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“Suffragette” Honors Women’s Struggle for the Vote: Guest Commentary

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“Suffragette” film makes Votes for Women movement come alive!  on Vimeo.

by Robert P. J. Cooney, Jr.

What I really liked about the new British movie “Suffragette” is that it takes women’s drive for the vote seriously. It’s an excellent representation of the times and trials women faced both in England and the U.S. The film captures some of the raw emotion and idealism that drove these crusaders.

I have seen many war movies that present the context and the human impact of past battles. They show the bonds that unite a “band of brothers” and the lengths they go to preserve their honor while pursing an ideal. “Suffragette,” finally, treats women who fought for freedom with the same respect. It both communicates the plight of women in the early 20th century and shows the logic of concentrating on the right to vote to better control their own destinies.

WOMEN ARE AT THE CENTER IN “SUFFRAGETTE” FILM

Grounded in history, the film offers characters that reflect the lives of working class women, particularly those who spoke out to demand their rights. The film conveys both the official rationale of state repression (with little concern for justice), and the price the women paid with their livelihoods, health, neighbors’ scorn, and family breakups.

We might not want to admit that countries repress those who seek to change them, but history shows otherwise. This time, though, women are at the center. Consider when you have seen a movie last where this was the case. Women are rarely the topic, the centerpiece, or the point of a film –British or American. They have never been honored with an understanding record of their struggle for their own civil rights. The film reminds us how recent this revolutionary change has been. The shocking conditions and brave rebellions portrayed were part of life just 100 years ago.

"Suffragette" filmI hope the film helps people remember that American women did not win the right to vote until 1920. Rejecting bombings and violent actions, American suffragists nonetheless grappled with the government for decades in the streets, in the legislatures, and in the courts. In 1917, a militant wing of the national suffrage association, inspired by the British suffragettes, picketed the White House. The Wilson administration’s reaction mimicked that of the British government. Women were arbitrarily and unlawfully arrested, harassed, beaten and jailed in disgusting conditions after their demonstrations were violently broken up. Moreover, this was before imprisoned suffragists initiated hunger strikes, which resulted in forcible feedings, for being denied the status of political prisoners. The history of repressing women in Great Britain and the United States played out in very similar ways.

Until the American story comes to the screen, we welcome “Suffragette,” which makes a major contribution to telling the story of the brave women who put their lives on the line to win civil rights for all women.

“SUFFRAGETTE” FILM OPENS THE DOOR TO DISCUSSION OF LINK BETWEEN THE PAST & PRESENT

But don’t wait for another film. Read some of the books that American suffragists wrote or that were written about them. Some suggestions are listed on the InezMilhollandCentennial.com website. Inez Milholland was an American suffragist, strongly influenced by the British, who condemned the Wilson administration’s inaction and died in 1916 campaigning for the 19th Amendment. She is America’s suffrage martyr.

“Suffragette” offers a welcome opportunity for discussions and actions that recognize the importance of this part of our country’s history. It will make you want to honor suffragists’ sacrifices here and abroad, and to join the celebration of the U.S. suffrage centennial in 2020.

Robert P. J. Cooney, Jr. is an author and the cochair of the 2016 Inez Milholland centennial observance with Marguerite Kearns, a project of the National Women’s History Project. For more information: InezMilhollandCentennial.com

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NYS suffrage centennial commission one step closer to reality, plus news notes!

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Support New York State’s women’s suffrage centennial commission for 2017. Both houses of the New York State Legislature approved the creation of the suffrage centennial commission during the 2015 session. Now it’s time for Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign the bill. It’s said to have been pushed to the top of the pile of bills to sign in the near future. Once the bill is signed, the push is on to get $2.9 million funding for the commission’s work.

You can help by signing the petition. Write an electronic letter. Call the Governor’s office at 518-474-8390.

Help spread the word via social media using #NY4Suffrage. Donate $10+ to the NYS Council for the Humanities.

Here at SuffrageCentennials.com we’ve been following the “Suffragette” film (Trailer) and the November 2015 release of “10 Days in a Madhouse” (Trailer). Most often, period films are love stories. But these two films have women characters who drive the plot. The release of the “Suffragette” film in theaters across the nation has been getting plenty of attention. Let us know what you’re doing to bring attention to “Suffragette.” Get your organization involved!

Check out the special November 8, 2015 program about “10 Days in a Madhouse” at Suffrage Wagon Cafe. The 200th birthday celebration of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s 200th birthday was celebrated with a party at Cooper Union in New York City on November 12. And the Women’s Rights Park in Seneca Falls, NY has a special program scheduled for Saturday, November 14, 2015.

On January 1, 2016 the centennial observance for Inez Milholland, America’s suffrage martyr, will be launched. Follow SuffrageCentennials.com during 2016. Sign up for the newsletter. Become a partner and participate in the action campaign. We’re partners with the Inez Milholland centennial observance. Details to follow soon.

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Parties for Elizabeth Cady Stanton in November: 200 years old, plus “Suffragette” film spin

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Birthday parties for Elizabeth Cady Stanton in New York during November! on Vimeo.

It’s a terrific time to be celebrating the 200th birthday of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The “Suffragette” film has been released in the United States. And just as we hoped, the release of “Suffragette” is bringing attention to the U.S. movement to win voting rights for women. It’s been in the shadows far too long. Even Time Magazine this week highlighted the centennial observance of the 1915 big suffrage parade in New York City. And there’s more to come (we hope)!

The 200th birthday party for Mrs. Stanton at Cooper Union on November 12, 2015 (7:30 p.m.) includes a long lineup of entertainers and performers for the program, “Declaration of Sentiments: The Remix.” It’s presented by the NYC Department of Records and Information Services and WomensActivism.NYC at The Great Hall at Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10003 sponsored by the City of NY, Mayors Fund to Advance NYC, The Cooper Union, and Lebenthal Asset Management.

The occasion is also being celebrated in Seneca Falls, NY on November 14, 2015 at the the Women’s Rights National Historical Park. The event starts at 4 p.m. with a “Winter Wheat Gathering” inside the Wesleyan Chapel, site of the first Women’s Rights Convention in 1848. Dramatic re-enactments by historical researchers, biographers, and interpreters will honor Mrs. Stanton’s women’s rights activism. At 6 p.m., the event will move to Fall Street, the Gould Hotel, for a reception with birthday cake, punch, and dancing. All events are free and open to the public. The public is invited to dress in 19th century period attire. Women’s Rights National Historical Park is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information: (315) 568-2991.
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Send birthday wishes to Mrs. Stanton to be displayed in the Seneca Falls national park visitors’ center. For electronic and video birthday sentiments, forward them to wori_information_desk@nps.gov. For cards and letters, mail them to Elizabeth Cady Stanton at Women’s Rights NHP, 136 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY, 13148.
UPDATE ON ANTHONY-STANTON STATUE PROJECT IN CENTRAL PARK
The fund to build statues in Central Park (NYC) of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony is accepting pledges and contributions for the design and creation of the statue as well as for organizing, outreach and media efforts. Checks are payable to The Stanton and Anthony Statue Fund, POB 150-074 Van Brunt Station, Brooklyn, NY 11215-9997. StantonandAnthonyStatueFund@gmail.com.

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Suffrage Centennial News Notes: Mark your calendar NOW!

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“Spirit of 1776” suffrage storytelling raises questions! on Vimeo.

The “Spirit of 1776” suffrage storytelling series continues on Suffrage Wagon News Channel. Ventriloquist Jonathan Geffner adds to the fun with his performance and commentary.

The “Suffragette” film from the UK opens in U.S. theaters on October 23. This is an opportunity for all of us suff buffs to get the rest of the world to pay attention to this amazing part of history. For most people, it will be an eyeopener. And with some encouragement, they’ll be hooked. Take advantage of the opportunity provided by the “Suffragette” film by planning for events and observances during 2016. Trailer. 

A Center for the Study of Women’s History opening at the New-York Historical Society will specialize in women’s history exhibitions from the suffrage movement to contemporary women’s movements. It will also support scholarship, produce an interactive film, plan an annual conference to be held in March of each year starting in 2016, sponsor an online class, offer fellowships in women’s history, and much more.

STAY ON TOP OF THE SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL NEWS!

There’s so much happening that no one web site can keep track of everything. So it’s more important than ever for us to share the information. One rich resource is the Suffrage 2020 ListServ compiled by Jill Zahniser that recently announced that the 2020 Centennial Task Force is planning a press release to coincide with the opening of the film “Suffragette.” The Task Force will announce its program for the national 2020 suffrage centennial observance, promote a kickoff project, as well as publish a 2020 web page on the Sewall Belmont House website that could be expanded to a stand-alone website in the future. Post to Suffrage2020 by sending an email with an announcement to Suffrage2020@thezahnisers.com.

Vision 2020, based in Philadelphia, will convene the Fifth National Vision 2020 Congress in Nashville on October 26-28, 2015. The Vision 2020 initiative includes history-focused efforts aimed at achieving equality for women by 2020. For more information: http://drexel.edu/vision2020/.

MORE EVENTS AND OBSERVANCES THAN EVER!

Anne B. Gass continues on her journey to recreate the 1915 cross-country suffrage movement road trip of Sara Bard Field. Follow the trip progress: suffrageroadtrip.com. Mark your calendar for a November 12 event at Cooper Union celebrating Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s 200th birthday. A campaign to restore one of the few existing suffrage movement films, “Mothers of Men,” is underway. It requires funding and support. More about this on SuffrageCentennials.com The year 2017 is the centennial of the picketing of the White House. Support the Kickstarter campaign of a book for young people that includes photographs never before seen of the demonstrations.

The Inez Milholland Centennial observance, a program of the National Women’s History Project, is gearing up for a year-long observance starting in January 2016. More information coming soon about Inez Milholland, America’s suffrage martyr. Marguerite Kearns and Robert P.J. Cooney Jr. are national co chairs. Become a partner and plan programs honoring Inez Milholland during 2016.

A list containing the details of more than 1,300 suffrage activist arrests – including that of Emmeline Pankhurst – is available online. Suffrage activists arrested from 1906 through 1914 include Emily Wilding Davison, Louisa Garrett Anderson, Annie Kenney, and Emmeline Pankhurst. The information has been published by Ancestry to coincide with the release of the “Suffragette” film. The list is available on www.ancestry.co.uk.

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“Suffragette” film from UK has many excited about its implications!

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“Suffragette” film from U.K. raises questions for discussion! on Vimeo.

Dr. Helen Pankhurst sends message to American women voters from the U.K. on Vimeo.

The day is drawing near in the US for the release of “Suffragette,  the feature film from the UK about the Votes for Women movement in England. And it’s great to hear that Dr. Helen Pankhurst, the great granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, has a small role in the film. Many of the performers who are stepping up to the plate have been commenting on the importance of linking today with the past, especially with issues that remain unresolved today. The recent London premier of “Suffragette” was accompanied by a protest by Sisters Uncut, a demonstration that places current concerns squarely on the table –issues such as domestic violence and budget cuts impacting women in the UK.

Find out about Dr. Pankhurst’s thoughts about the film and the family name she carries. The release of the “Suffragette” film is also expected to be an open door for American activists busy planning the US women’s suffrage 2020 centennial celebration.

Meryl Streep has been granting some excellent interviews related to her performance in the “Suffragette” film as Emmeline Pankhurst. Her work in lobbying the U.S. Congress to move the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution forward is much needed and it has been an extraordinary contribution. Bravo. Directed by Sarah Gavron and written by Abi Morgan, “Suffragette” stars Carey Mulligan,Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson and Anne-Marie Duff.

We’re reminded time and again that many of the issues of the early 20th century, as portrayed in the “Suffragette” film, persist today. The film publicity has been ample and the graphic posters memorable. The struggle for equality remains uphill, say many who are optimistic that the film will open Hollywood to more opportunities for women performers, directors, producers, and support staff. “Suffragette” and “10 Days in a Madhouse” are two productions weighted heavily in favor of women’s history that will hopefully have recognition at the Oscars.

Those who believe that women should have the same rights as men (that is, feminists) are insistent that the future of the planet relies on a balanced representation of the world’s population in decision making. Public discussion of this topic has been associated with the “Suffragette” previews and pre-release publicity, another reason the production deserves widespread support. Stay tuned for our pre-release coverage of “10 Days in a Madhouse,” the US film about investigative reporter Nellie Bly based on her undercover reporting that’s scheduled to open in early November. With more than 90% women performers in the production, “10 Days in a Madhouse” is written and directed by Timothy Hines and produced by Susan Goforth.

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Buckle your seat belt for suffrage centennial celebrations that could knock your socks off!

Suffrage centennials are taking the nation by storm! on Vimeo.

New York State is positioning itself to be a frontrunner in cultural heritage tourism that could demonstrate to the nation the type of sustainable economic development that’s possible on the ground. Current shifts toward favorable public opinion about the history of women’s voting rights and upcoming suffrage centennial celebrations suggest that such observances can be meaningful as well as economically advantageous for local communities, regions, states and the nation.

In recent years, the following states celebrated their centennials of women winning the vote prior to 1920: Wyoming (1890), Colorado (1893), Utah (1896), Idaho (1896), Washington (1910), California (1911), Arizona (1912), Kansas and Oregon (1912). Montana and Nevada observed one hundred years of women voting in 2014 with special events, projects and activities. New York’s centennial celebration is scheduled for 2017, with Michigan, Oklahoma and South Dakota to follow. And there’s the upcoming national suffrage centennial in 2020.

SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONS HAVE THE POTENTIAL OF GOING VIRAL

Opportunities for New York State are in the early stages and they follow the best practices of states that have already held suffrage centennial observances. The pieces are in place to develop cultural tourism networks and infrastructures. There’s a state suffrage centennial commission recently passed in the NYS Legislature, the involvement of state agencies, the result of long and dedicated work by citizens and organizations working together.  New York City and upstate communities are involved. Passionate grassroots advocates have taken leadership roles. Funding is available. And the internet is exploding nationwide and around the world with stories of amazing women, today and in the past. A major motion picture, “Suffragette,” will direct public attention to voting rights struggles. It’s a matter of bringing all of this together that will make the difference between blowing an opportunity and the potential of suffrage centennial celebrations going viral.

We can’t take anything for granted in a controversial climate that has marginalized women’s history over the past century. We could miss opportunities and assume that someone’s in charge, when in fact, a grassroots collaborative initiative is underway that could be taking on more than it can handle. The good news includes the efforts of visionaries who have set 2020 as the goal of achieving equality for women in the United States. There are stirrings in the U.S. Congress to revive the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment) by 2020. A woman on U.S. currency is now a possibility. Special projects are downright exciting, including the building of a statue of women in NYC’s Central Park, a nationwide women’s trails initiative, upcoming conferences, literary initiatives, a proposed suffragist national memorial outside of Washington, DC, and a core of dedicated activists who view sustainable economic development of cultural heritage tourism as key to the process.

COMPARED TO THE 2017 WORLD WAR I CENTENNIAL OBSERVANCE, WOMEN’S CELEBRATIONS COULD TURN OUT TO BE A FLASH IN THE PAN

Compared to the big bucks being invested in the national centennial observance of World War I in 2017, the story of women and our accomplishments could turn out to be little more than a flash in the pan. Getting our story out to the nation takes dedicated and persistent work. Local communities must set priorities about how to honor this extraordinary opportunity. There’s a cultural struggle underway in light of the 2016 presidential elections and a great deal of past neglect of women’s history to overcome. A great deal of our history has been buried or marginalized. We can blow these openings and opportunities. And we can built infrastructures and constituencies that will last longer than any planned centennial celebrations.

WE NEED ALL HANDS ON DECK!

Are you on board? The move to celebrate suffrage events and centennial celebrations is about insisting on taking our place in the sun, assuming leadership, and spreading the word about how we stand on strong shoulders with not only women’s issues but our shared national activist history. Marriage equality was once thought impossible. One commentator recently called the activist who took down the Confederate flag in South Carolina as someone who had committed “patriotic civil disobedience.” Women’s suffrage history has a strong tradition of patriotic protest. We can connect the past and present and future by supporting efforts to build sustainable lifestyles and practices necessary for life in the 21st century and beyond. We’re moving mountains, but we can’t take anything for granted yet. Let’s make the most of every door that opens to us. We can sail through the challenging times ahead if we pull together. We’re on our way. Onward!

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New York State could blow its 2017 suffrage centennial celebration or it can lead the way to 2020!

Goal of 200 storytelling videos about women’s suffrage movement makes learning American history easy for young people on Vimeo.

Just because New York State has an opportunity to market its unique position as the “Cradle” of the women’s rights movement in the United States doesn’t mean it will be successful. All the pieces are in place for New York to walk into the sunset with the entire nation and the world paying attention. This requires a correct balance of circumstances and attitude. If New York State believes it can bus people in from China and Australia and have them leave excited, it’s possible. And it’s more likely that the intentions will be good but there won’t be the necessary followup and input and grassroots support to make it work. The key is in bringing the right balance of excitement and connection together, to link the past and present and redefine the “Spirit of 1776” for a new time and place and set of conditions in this contemporary world.

WE COULD BLOW THIS OPPORTUNITY, OR ALL THE PIECES COULD COME TOGETHER!

Today the internet is exploding with stories of suffrage activists. Sometimes they’re called suffragettes. Other times they’re referred to as suffragists. In the past, some women preferred one term over the other which is why we here on SuffrageCentennials.com refer to votes for women advocates as suffrage activists. It’s important to not leave anyone out. Many different types of people were involved in shaking up the status quo during this time in history, including men and those who opposed the idea of women voting altogether.

Women vote in high numbers today. More than at any other time in history, there’s a fascination with storytelling about the votes for women movement. We even find descendants of the anti-suffragists lamenting the day women won the right to vote. It’s essential the entire story of the suffrage movement be told: the warts, the compromises, the courage, especially the parts revealing the movement’s weaknesses and prejudices.

LET’S TELL THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT…!

Women of the 20th century didn’t invent racism, classism, and sexism. They inherited it. We’re all born into this social and economic system where discrimination and prejudice is profitable, which is why women’s suffrage storytelling can bring us together as we peel back the layers. The storytelling about this remarkable social movement of our grandmothers and great-grandmothers, other family members and ancestors has the potential of completing the unfinished American Revolution, hopefully in our lifetimes.

There are so many stories to tell. Women’s suffrage storytelling was featured on Suffrage Wagon Cafe on July 8, 2015. Storytelling features the women of the past reaching out through time to meet us where we are today. Transferring the messages and spirit and content into upcoming women’s suffrage events and celebrations is up to us. Let’s get together to celebrate suffrage centennial celebrations, whether in New York State in 2017 or the national observance of the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 2020!

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The big birthday bash and other Suffrage Centennial news notes!

Centennial News Notes

People are gearing up to celebrate the big one, the 2020 national suffrage centennial when American women will have been voting for 100 years. New York City will celebrate Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s 200th birthday on Thursday, November 12, 2015 with an artistic interpretation of the Declaration of Sentiments by feminists, activists, and artists at the Historic Great Hall at Cooper Union in New York City. More details to be announced.

The National Park Service will mark the 100th anniversary of its founding in 2016, and the National Historic Preservation Act will have been in effect for 50 years. These two landmark moments come just two years after the National Museum of American History quietly marked its own 50th anniversary in 2014. A Working Group at the National Council on Public History 2015 Annual Meeting in Nashville will serve as a collaborative forum for planning a scholarly symposium to mark these important events. The symposium will take place in March 2016 during the NCPH Annual Meeting in Baltimore.

IN OTHER NEWS: The year 2016 is the centennial observance of the death of U.S. women’s suffrage martyr Inez Milholland. Canada will hold suffrage centennial observances in 2016. And if a woman candidate runs for the U.S. presidency, the story of how women won the vote will the focus of considerable interest. The film from the U.K., “Suffragette,” will be distributed internationally in October 2015. And the film, “10 Days in a Madhouse,” is anticipated to be released in late September 2015. This film is based on the investigative reporting of Nellie Bly that resulted in dramatic reforms in public mental institutions.

A legislative proposal is circulating in New York State to officially name a planning commission for the state’s upcoming 2017 suffrage centennial. Whether or not there’s an appropriation from the state legislature remains an open question. And 2015 is the centennial observance of four states that put the issue of women’s suffrage to the voters in 1915: New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. While these initiatives failed, the women’s suffrage movement gained considerable support that contributed to later victories.

Fundraising continues for projects such as the proposed Stanton/Anthony statue in New York City’s Central Park and the national Turning Point Suffragist Memorial in Lorton, VA.

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