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Pick up on the energy of the 2017 women’s march by planning a celebration or special event!

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Suggestions for celebrations and special programs at Suffrage Centennials! on Vimeo.

The 2017 women’s march in Washington, DC, across the nation and around the world was thrilling. It seemed like we were speaking to a deep dark hole in 2015 when we celebrated the 95th observance of the 19th Amendment. Now, 2020 is next when American women will have been voting for 100 years. Upcoming: Women’s History Month in March 2017; Convention Days in Seneca Falls, NY in July, and we’re challenging you now to start planning for August 26th. Start with your organization or community event. Don’t forget that in 2016 another women’s history national monument was added to the National Park Service—the Belmont-Paul National Monument in Washington, DC.

The remainder of this weekend is to process and let sink in the impact of the 2017 march on Washington. Millions of people participated online and the impact will be magnified. Onward!

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TRAILER: Inez Milholland film coming in late April from filmmaker Martha Wheelock!

Watch the VideoThose interested in organizing special Inez Milholland programs will be able to launch their program initiatives with a new 15-minute film that will be available in late April 2016. Wild West Women and filmmaker Martha Wheelock are busy preparing for the release.  Here’s the trailer:

Inez Milholland is one of sixteen 2016 Honorees being recognized by the National Women’s History Project at a special Women’s History Month luncheon in Washington, DC. The noon event will be held at The Hamilton Live on March 19, 2016. For tickets, visit nwhp.org. For more information and photographs, visit InezMilhollandCentennial.com.

SuffrageCentennials.com is working to bring the story of Inez Milholland to American voters in this election year.

Visit the InezMilhollandCentennial.com web site for educational resources. Sign the digital petition supporting President Obama’s awarding of a presidential citizens’ medal in 2016.

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Suffrage Centennial News Notes during Women’s History Month

New York State Museum

The New York State Museum, Library and Archives has issued a call to the public to give input and suggestions concerning the upcoming state suffrage centennial in 2017. There’s also more interest than ever in the 2020 suffrage centennial when the nation’s women will have been voting for a century. The “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon in the collection of the New York State Museum will be exhibited in 2017 at the state museum in Albany, NY.

NYC Municipal Archives

An exhibit through June 2015 at New York City’s Municipal Archives is a preview of what’s being planned for the state’s suffrage centennial in 2017 when New York’s women will have been voting for 100 years. New York City government has staff working on the 2017 suffrage centennial. Projects in New York include fundraising for a statue in New York City’s Central Park to honor Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

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A message from Dr. Helen Pankhurst to American women voters is part of the upcoming four-day festival and celebration of the Suffrage Wagon Cafe opening on March 28. The festival runs through March 31, 2015. Dr. Pankhurst is the granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst and the great granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, important leaders of the suffrage movement in England. Interest in Emmeline Pankhurst is gathering steam because of the upcoming major motion picture from the U.K., “Suffragette,” expected to be released internationally in October 2015. Meryl Streep has been cast in the role of Emmeline Pankhurst.

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Suffragist memorial fundraising is launched with 2020 suffrage centennial in sight!

VIDEO: Be on the Cutting Edge with your Support of the Suffragist Memorial! on Vimeo.

The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association is pleased to report that Sue Webb has stepped forward with the first $1,000 donation in the current campaign to raise money for the suffragist memorial that’s expected to be completed and operational on or before the U.S. 2020 suffrage centennial celebration. A second $1,000 contribution by Sue Webb is on behalf of her daughter, Abbe Saunders Fabry.

While American families are planning trips to visit the monuments to George Washington or Martin Luther King, many of us scrambling to make certain that a memorial to honor those suffrage activists is supported and funded. All of us are needed to make this dream a reality!

The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association’s campaign, “A ‘Grand’ Thank You…Memorialize the Suffragists,” hopes to raise the $1 million dollars needed to begin Phase 1 of the voting rights memorial. The cost of the memorial’s completion will be close to $7 million. The garden-style national memorial will be located near the former Occoquan Workhouse in Lorton, Va., where in 1917, dozens of suffragists were imprisoned. They endured beatings, force-feedings and dreadful conditions for “obstructing the sidewalk” as they stood silently in protest at the gates of the White House. The memorial design has been donated by Robert E. Beach Architects. The land and future memorial maintenance will be in the hands of NOVA Parks, the regional park authority.

If 1,000 people each donate $1,000, the current goal of $1 million, one phase of the total fundraising, will be realized by the fall of 2015. Volunteers interested in stepping forward to help raising this money are encouraged to send an email to: admin@suffragistmemorial.org.

Our thanks to Gerri Gribi for permission to use part of her original music for the video soundtrack supporting the suffragist memorial. Check out Gerri’s web page of other musical offerings from women’s history at creativefolk.com

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“Suffragette” film special photo, plus Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s 200th birthday bash!

VIDEO: Big birthday bash planned for the 200th birthday of Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 2015 on Vimeo.

It’s International Women’s Day, and for this special occasion the stars of the “Suffragette” film from the UK took advantage of the occasion to release a photo with them posing with suffrage descendants Helen Pankhurst and Laura Pankhurst, the great and great-great granddaughters respectively of Emmeline Pankhurst. Meryl Streep will play Mrs. Pankhurst in this major motion picture due for release in September 2015.

The UK may be head and shoulders ahead of the United States in terms of public awareness about the suffrage movement. But on the American shores the momentum is picking up. This is clear in the plans underway to celebrate the 200th birthday of Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 2015. Although all the details have yet to be announced, there’s plenty already in the public domain. The Elizabeth Cady Stanton Hometown Association in Johnstown, NY, for example, has a busy schedule of special events during 2015. And the Women’s Rights National Historic Park in Seneca Falls, NY has rolled out the red carpet during March 2015, Women’s History Month. All of these events and celebrations are laying a rich and textured base for upcoming suffrage centennials on the local and state levels during the time leading up to the 2020 suffrage centennial.

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New York’s gearing up for its 2017 suffrage centennial in 2015! Celebrate Women’s History Month!

VIDEO: 2015 is New York State’s suffrage centennial year! on Vimeo.

The stirrings in New York State to plan for the celebration of its 2017 suffrage centennial coincides with a recognition that 100 years ago the state was alive and cooking with organizing on the state level. The 1915 Votes for Women referendum didn’t result in a state victory for New York, but the groundwork was laid for 1917 when New York became a suffrage state. In 1915 three other states conducted spirited referendum campaigns: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. More to come on the 1915 referendum campaigns.

The New York State Council for the Humanities will hold a grants and programs workshop on March 11, 2015, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at VENUE Cultural Education Center (First floor Members Lounge) to discuss program and grants opportunities for the 2017 state suffrage centennial. The event is cosponsored by the Greater Hudson Heritage Network and the New York State Archives. On March 9, 2015 the New York Council on the Humanities will have a presence on Lobbying Day at the NYS Legislature with a “Suffrage Soapbox” with speeches by W.E.B. DuBois, Alva Vanderbilt Belmont, and Leonora O’Reilly. Volunteers are being solicited to play these parts.

The City of New York has staff in place that has initiated 2017 suffrage centennial planning. There’s a project underway to establish a statue in Central Park honoring Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. And the New York State Cultural Heritage Tourism Network is working on a web platform to promote the 2017 suffrage celebration. NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo mentioned the state’s rich suffrage history in his 2015 inaugural speech.

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Suffrage Centennials stand on the shoulders of The National Women’s History Project

The National Women’s History Project celebrates its 35th birthday! on Vimeo.

Scratch the surface of women’s history in the United States and you’ll discover the National Women’s History Project. If you’re planning an event for your school or organization, it’s likely that the National Women’s History Project has books, posters, or other resources available for you at its online store.

No one can speak about women’s history without finding their journey leading to the Santa Rosa, California organization started by women’s history activists Molly Murphy MacGregor, Mary Ruthsdotter, Maria Cuevas, Paula Hammett, and Bette Morgan. They led a coalition that successfully lobbied the U.S. Congress to designate March as Women’s History Month. The NWHP is known throughout the nation as a clearinghouse that provides essential information and training in multicultural women’s history for educators, community organizations, parents or anyone interested in expanding their understanding of women contributions to U.S. history.

On March 28, 2015 the National Women’s History Project will celebrate its 35th anniversary at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles, CA from 2 to 5 p.m. The program will recognize the women’s history honorees in attendance that include Darlene Clark Hine, Polly Welts Kaufman, Holly Near, Vicki Ruiz, Lynn Sherr, and Judy Yung. The $75 tickets are available through the National Women’s History Project web site. Special rates for out-of-town guests are available at the Los Angeles/North Glendale Hilton, 100 West Glenoaks Boulevard, Glendale, CA 91202 (818)956-5466.

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Special coverage during March, Women’s History Month!

March is Women’s History Month on Vimeo.
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A handy kit to celebrate Women’s History Month from the National Women’s History Project

Perplexed about how to celebrate Women’s History Month in March? The National Women’s History Project has items galore to decorate, educate, and lay the bases for having fun. It’s not necessary for it to be your suffrage centennial year. When Women’s History Month or week or day or whatever comes around, take advantage of it for a party or tea reception or fundraiser. The National Women’s History Project has kits; items can be purchased separately, such as the 2014 Gazette ($10 for 25 copies), plus balloons and pencils and books and games, and so on.

2014 is centennial of suffragist Caroline Severance’s death: Women’s History Month special!

Caroline Severance’s name isn’t among the list of those remembered as suffrage pioneers, but this photo shows Caroline second to the right with Susan B. Anthony in Los Angeles in 1905, along with Charlotte Wills and Rebecca Spring. The image suggests that Severance traveled in high-powered circles. Caroline grew up in the heart of what’s considered today as the “Cradle” of the women’s rights movement in the U.S. or the Finger Lakes region. Caroline Severance’s life and work are summarized in detail and featured in the “History of American Women” blog where we’re reminded that after moving to California her activist work there earned Caroline the distinction of being a key player in the movement for equality. Attention to suffrage history is increasing as the 2020 national suffrage centennial approaches. Here’s the link to the article about Caroline’s life. Read it and reflect on Caroline and scores of others like her who devoted their lives to freedom. PDF.

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