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Wyoming celebrates 150 years of women voting!

On December 10, 1869, Wyoming territory passed the first law in United States history granting women the right to vote and hold public office – more than 50 years prior to the U.S. ratification of the 19th amendment. The State of Wyoming’s tourism office is focusing on this commemoration.


If you aren’t planning with your organization for a 2020 observance of the 100 years of American women voting—you should be.

What will you do personally, in terms of advocacy, to honor the past 100 years of women voting in the United States? Put this on the top of your “to do” list to think about during 2019. And then on January 1, 2019, make a resolve as to what you plan to do about it.

We’re all caught up with end of the year activities. Start thinking about 2020 during 2019—and then 2023 when women in the US will have been working 100 years for an Equal Rights Amendment in the Constitution. Make an end of the year donation NOW and support your priorities!


The Minnesota Historical Society is working with its partner, the League of Women Voters, to celebrate 2020. Are you following the campaign to honor Inez Milholland, the U.S. suffrage martyr, from now to 2020?

Plan a trip to the New York State Museum that is putting the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon on exhibit during 2020 and part of the rotating permanent exhibit!

Support Turning Point Suffragist Memorial in opening its doors in 2020 to celebrate the national suffrage centennial!

Don’t forget the fundraising appeal for the restoration of the Farmington, NY Quaker Meeting House that sponsored many historic events. 

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LetsRockTheCradle.com is a public service for writers, editors, educators, bloggers, newsletter editors, and many others who are interested in spreading the word about the 2020 centennial celebration in the United States when women will have been voting for 100 years.


A Prediction about August 26th and the Memories of Americans

We are on a roll convincing Americans that August 26th, Women’s Equality Day, should be a national holiday. The National Women’s History Project has been testing the water on this. It appears that the idea is beginning to catch hold. It hasn’t happened yet, and no one is predicting any arguments in public. The idea is just starting to register. And swells take quite a while to begin rolling on the ground.

This is no fly-by-night idea. Discussions about the importance of August 26th have been kicking around for a while. The U.S. Congress got Women’s Equality Day up and running. The same with March, Women’s History Month, designed in large part, to write women into history—supported and nursed by the Women’s National History Project over the past 40 years. Writing women into history is, by no means, a radical idea.

But since women have been an unrecognized resource in our nation, we have to look to the future, and we see a future where August 26th is recognized for what it is—an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishments of millions of Americans.

Let’s bring August 26th out into the Light. One web platform has a rallying cry: Lets Rock the Cradle.

Check it out: LetsRockTheCradle.com

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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Reminder about New York Museum exhibit closing soon!

May 13, 2018 is the closing of the “Votes for Women”exhibit at the New York State Museum in Albany, New York. It will be your last chance to see the wagon on exhibit for now anyway. And the suffrage exhibit is terrific. For more information about the wagon: SuffrageWagon.org

Also, keep in mind that the honoring of Inez Milholland, the U.S. suffrage martyr, continues with her centennial blog: InezMilholland.wordpress.com  Her centennial web site: InezMilhollandCentennial.com 

SuffrageCentennials.com continues publishing. Link up with us as the 2020 national suffrage centennial approaches in 2020. Follow by email, Twitter, and Facebook.

“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.”

Exhibit countdown at the New York State Museum in Albany, New York

Don’t say we didn’t warn you about the terrific “Votes for Women” exhibit closing at the New  York State Museum in Albany, New York. In addition to the “Spirit of 1776″wagon, there are many other treasures on view. The exhibition has a terrific catalog that is worth adding to your women’s history collection. Plan to do something special by seeing the exhibition before its closing. It is a “must see.”

And don’t forget that the honoring of Inez Milholland (U.S. suffrage martyr) continues on her centennial blog: InezMilholland.wordpress.com

SuffrageCentennials.com is gearing up for 2020 and the national centennial of U.S. women voting. Count on us for news, views, events, and celebrations.

Women’s suffrage festivities in early November 2017 in Albany, NY

Saturday, November 4, 2017 was a big day for the New York State suffrage centennial in Albany, NY. The conference during the day sponsored by the NYS Cultural Heritage Tourism Network was a highlight, along with a reception during the evening hosted by the NYS League of Women Voters to coincide with the opening of the NYS “Votes for Women” exhibit at the New York State Museum. The exhibit, four years in the making, is on display through May 2018.

New York State is celebrating its 2017 suffrage centennial! on Vimeo.

State of New York rolls out red carpet for 100 years of women voting on Vimeo.

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Suffrage centennial events link food with women’s rights programming!

Food and Activism go together: From Suffrage Wagon Cooking School on Vimeo.

Suffrage Wagon Cooking School promotes vintage voting rights cookbooks with fundraisers, programs, and special celebrations. It’s fun. It’s authentic. And something we’re finding more often as the long struggle to win voting rights. Stop by the cooking school. Find out about demonstrations and tips.

OTHER SUFFRAGE NEWS:Beyond Suffrage: A Century of Women in New York Politics” opens October 11, 2017 at the Museum of the City of New York. 

Massachusetts has a suffrage centennial web site.

Women will Vote is one book due to be published in September 2017 from Cornell University Press that puts the suffrage organizing to win the vote in perspective. This has been difficult because the struggle took decades and encompassed many different organizations, strategies and tactics.

Hundreds of voting organizations and activists of many types worked for the same goal of voting rights for women. No one individual or organization stood for the varied tactics and goals of what many considered an impossible task of uniting American women under one banner of Votes for Women. There were tens of thousands of grassroots activists. While one organization may have made decisions to support one platform, dozens of other organizations chose other positions and strategies to reach the same goal.

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More programs about women’s rights during 2017!

Patriotic protest women’s suffrage movement artifact on exhibit during 2017! from on Vimeo.

EqualiTEA on August 26, 2017, 2-4 p.m. in Lorton, VA. Turning Point Suffragist Memorial.

“HEAR THEM ROAR:   THE FIGHT FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS” is a devised & environmental theatre performance directed by Nan Smithner. Program in Educational Theatre. LOCATION: Black Box Theatre. ADMISSION: $15 General, $5 Students & Seniors. For tickets, contact New York University box office. ONLINE: tickets.nyu.edu. BY PHONE: 212-998-4941. IN PERSON: 566 LaGuardia Place (at Washington Square South). Performances: Friday, October 20 at 8 pm Saturday, October 21 at 8 pm Sunday, October 22 at 3 pm Thursday, October 26 at 8 pm Friday, October 27 at 8 pm Saturday, October 28 at 8 pm Sunday, October 29 at 3 pm.

Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford, will host a women’s suffrage centennial luncheon at 11 a.m. Sept. 23. Sally Roesch Wagner will present “The Rest of the Story of the Suffrage Movement,” a dialogue about the issues of equality raised by the country’s suffrage foremothers. The luncheon will feature rebel soup and salmagundi served with suffrage salad dressing, from suffragette cookbooks published from 1886-1920 to raise money for the cause. The museum will offer activities that highlight equality efforts made by women during the 19th century.Cost is $40-$45 and includes admission to the museum. To purchase tickets, visit bit.ly/2uYxItW.

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VoteTilla Schedule for 2017 NYS suffrage centennial!

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Votes for Women cultural heritage tourism & suffrage centennials are taking the nation by storm on Vimeo.

VoteTilla Schedule

Thursday—July 20, 2017

  • 10am—VoteTilla departs Fairport, NY
  • 11:35—Arrive Pittsford (Landing address is 24 State Street (Library), 14534)
  • 12noon-2pm—Scholars Luncheon with Tamar Carroll, Christine Kray, and Hinda Mandell: Nasty Women and Bad Hombres: Historicizing the 2016 Presidential Election, Pittsford Library, *ticketed event . 
  • 3:30 AKWAABA Reenactment: 
“A Time in the Life of FrederickDouglass, Shields Green, and A Woman Called ‘Moses’”
  • 4:00-5:00 VoteTilla Reenactors Programming  “A union in fact, a union in spirit”; Location: Gazebo 5:00-7:00pm—Smugtown Stompers (Gazebo)

Historic Pittsford programming takes place throughout the afternoon and evening, including children’s programming, book signings, and voter registration.

Friday—July 21, 2017

  • 9am—Depart Pittsford
  • 9:55am—Exit Lock E32
  • 10:40am—Exit Lock E33
  • 11:35am—Arrive at Genesee River Junction
  • 11:45 – 12:00 Airplane flyover with banner “VOTES FOR WOMEN”
  • 1:30pm—Arrive Corn Hill Landing
  • (Landing address 288 Exchange Blvd. Rochester, NY 14608)
  • 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. – Guided tours of “Because of Women Like Her…Winning the Vote in New York State,” Woman Suffrage Centennial Exhibition, Harold Hacker Hall, Rundel Memorial Building, Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, 115 South Ave. Tours leave from the brick courtyard next to West Edge Restaurant’s patio, Corn Hill Landing.
  • 1:30 p.m. Corn Hill Greets the Fleet – VoteTilla concludes its weeklong navigational celebration of women’s voices and votes when it arrives in Rochester, Corn Hill Landing. Music by Coreopia; welcoming remarks by Kathy Hodges, First Vice Regent, Irondequoit Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, City Historian Christine Ridarsky, and Corn Hill Historian JimDeVinney.
  • 2:00-3:00pm— VoteTilla Reenactors Programming;  Location: Corn Hill Landing
  • 3:00 AKWAABA Reenactment:
 “Cargo. . . No Loss or Damage”
  • 4:00pm— Telos Trio at Corn Hill Landing Site\
  • 5:00–10:00pm– City of Rochester ROC Women’s Music Fest, Concert at Parcel 5, Musical acts Meshell Ndegeocello, MC Lyte, Joan Osborne, Mikaela Davis, and Teagan and the Tweeds will take the stage;  food trucks on site.
  • Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the event or through com

Friday’s Featured Scholar: Victoria Wolcott
 Click here for Scholars’ Bios

Saturday—July 22, 2017

  • 10:30amBecause of Women Like Her Parade: The “Last Mile” of the route to the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House will be celebrated with a parade.  [Registration required for groups or individuals marching—Registration closes Midnight, July 10] 11:15—Suffragist City Celebration “Pass by and get on with the work”
  • Food truck(s) on site
  • 12:30 pm Stool Ball in the Park Genesee Country Village Women’s Baseball Team
  • 1:00pm in SBAH&M Carriage House: World premier of Election Day 2016– A collaborative short documentary film by Rochester Documentary Filmmakers Group
  • 2:00–2:30 pm: Blanch Stuart Scott reenactor Judy Stiles will present a 15-minute program, followed by Q&A.
  • 2:30–3:00 pm in SBAH&M Carriage House: Presentation and book signing with Julie Cummins, author of Tomboy of the Air: Daredevil Pilot Blanche Stuart Scott;Women Explorers; and Women Daredevils.
  • 3:00 pm in SBAH&M Carriage House: Documentary screening “Election Day 2016” – A collaborative short documentary film by Rochester Documentary Filmmakers Group
  • 3:00-5:00 pm Forward into Light,Old Songs folk-theater performance which tells the story of American and NYS women’s suffrage in song and narrative. Under the big tent in park, reserved seat $20 (Photos, Videos, and Press Release here!) Purchase tickets here.

Sunday—July 23, 2017

  • 10:00 am—An Equal Right to Act: Remembering the Rochester Woman’s Right Convention of 1848. First Unitarian Church,  220 Winton Rd., Rochester

12 – 4 p.m. AAUW Suffrage Centennial Picnic, Perkins Mansion, 494 East Ave. Fried chicken, salads, cakes, and pie. Music and costumed historical reenactors, including Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Frederick Douglass. All are welcome! Share stories of family suffragists and ring the Remembrance Bell in honor of their legacy. Tour the mansion and view a display of suffrage memorabilia, including buttons, newspaper articles, photos, books on the history of suffrage, and a suffrage cartoon collections. Tickets available at http://perkinsmansion.brownpapertickets.com/. $10 adults, $5 children, $5 tours.

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