Other opportunities to watch the PBS documentary, “The Vote”!

Other opportunities to watch “The Vote” from PBS.  The documentary aired July 6, 2020. It’s on the “American Experience” web site, and it expires July 5, 2023. It’s the first opportunity for many to learn about the early women’s rights effort.

Volunteers stepped forward in 2016 to spread the word about Inez Milholland, an American activist who died for our right to vote. Back then, relatively few Americans had heard of Inez. The year 2016 was the 100th anniversary of Milholland’s death. Sustained and persistent work was successful, but only to a point. It didn’t address other women who made the ultimate sacrifice.

For more information about Inez: InezMilhollandCentennial.com   InezMilholland.org

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Join in the search to find other US women who could also be classified as martyrs. Follow SuffrageCentennials.com to discover what we dig up from history.

EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT UPDATE IN THE US SENATE

The ERA Coalition is urging the US Senate to pass SJ Res 6 to remove the time limit from the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).

THE AFTERMATH OF THE PBS DOCUMENTARY, “THE VOTE”

The broadcasting of the two part documentary, “The Vote,” this week was a major contribution to Americans knowing about a major movement for social justice that took decades and considerable effort. One response was consistent—”I had no idea it was so uphill and created such controversy.”

Some of those who worked on the PBS documentary admitted they had gone through life, many specializing in history, and they knew little or nothing about the voting rights controversies and fierce campaigning. This was also noted by several writers, now well known—that they’d gone through life without a clue of what their ancestors and family members had gone through until the past few years.

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This entry was posted on July 10, 2020, in Blog.

Watch “The Vote” today! Coline Jenkins—a persistent women’s suffrage descendant! And MORE!

REMINDER ABOUT WATCHING “THE VOTE” PBS DOCUMENTARY

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On Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s 200th birthday, her descendant Coline Jenkins stood on a street corner in Johnstown, NY and spoke about her great great grandmother. Jenkins has supported special suffrage projects and taken advantage of numerous efforts to spread the word about the early women’s rights movement long before the movement was even noticed and recognized as a major contribution to US history.

Jenkins’ persistence and generous efforts to assist others has led to a cumulative a groundswell of support culminating in the 2020 centennial observance of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Stanton’s 200th birthday was in 2016. The documentary on PBS about US women struggling to win the right to vote will be broadcast today and tomorrow.

Message above from Turning Point Suffragist Memorial in Lorton, Virginia.

SUFFRAGE DESCENDANTS ARE PART OF THE LARGER STORY

Suffrage descendants frequently have the will and persistence of their ancestors. They have persisted in getting out the word about the long and uphill struggle to win women’s rights. For Marguerite Kearns, her grandmother Edna Buckman Kearns was a suffrage activist in NYS whose spiritual leading included working on the community level to win voting rights for women. The book, “An Unfinished Revolution: Edna Buckman Kearns and the Struggle for Women’s Rights” by Marguerite Kearns is scheduled for publication by SUNY Press (State University of New York) in June of 2021.

SUFFRAGE BOOK BY MENEESE WALL TO BE LAUNCHED ON AUGUST 1, 2020

When Meneese Wall’s daughter asked why her American History classes were all about men, Meneese decided she had to help write women back into our sphere of historical influence. She believes curiosity and aesthetics matter. Understanding history helps inform our present and our future while beauty, in its many forms, makes our journey all the more enjoyable. Writing and illustrating We Demand The Right To Vote is Meneese’s contribution to each American’s history education, with the hope it will inspire a more inclusive society through knowledge of how, in part, we arrived at today’s societal norms. Watch for the official launch on August 1, 2020. Look for details on SuffrageCentennials.com

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This entry was posted on July 6, 2020, in Blog.

Patriotism had different meanings at the turn of the 20th century!


Patriotic Protest theme of suffrage movement included “Spirit of 1776” wagon! on Vimeo.

At the turn of the 20th century the term “patriotism” had different meanings. To some, it referred to what has become known as “patriotic protest.” This meant that to be patriotic, it was important to point out what was wrong and fix it. The “Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon found its meaning in this definition. So did the Liberty Bell replica used by suffrage activists in 1915 in Pennsylvania.

By World War I, the other definition of patriotism came into more prominent usage. The definition of patriotism as protest can be found in the early women’s rights movement as well as many other social movements of the 20th century.

Happy Fourth of July.

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This entry was posted on July 4, 2020, in Blog.

Honoring the 4th of July, a centennial celebration in 1876!

THE STORY OF JULY 4TH LONG AGO. . .

Over 140 years ago on July 4th, suffrage activists traveled to Philadelphia to be part of the nation’s celebration of the Declaration of Independence. It was too good of an opportunity not to make the point that the American Revolution was far from finished as far as women were concerned.

THE UNFINISHED REVOLUTION WAS CITED OFTEN BY THE EARLY WOMEN’S RIGHTS ACTIVISTS!

The women’s rights activists of 1876 asked permission to be part of the Philadelphia centennial program and were refused. Elizabeth Cady Stanton wrote about the day in vivid detail in her memoir. This is Part I read by Suffrage Wagon reader, Amelia Bowen, who says this is one of her favorite selections. I’m turning up the volume as I’m counting out one paper plate, one cup, tableware, and a napkin on my way to the outside picnic table.

IN OTHER NEWS FROM SUFFRAGE CENTENNIALS. . .

Go directly to the suffrage catalog compiled by Bob Cooney for the National Women’s History Alliance. The catalog can now be directly consulted at its own URL. In addition, there are four additional pages devoted to items perfect for suffrage centennial and related events and programs. Link.

QUAKER THEME IN THE STORY OF EDNA BUCKMAN KEARNS EMPHASIZED IN SUFFRAGE WAGON BLOG

Edna Buckman Kearns was a Quaker. She wasn’t on a sports team at a Philadelphia-area college. And she didn’t have oatmeal for breakfast every morning. Quakers, or those associated with the Religious Society of Friends, have struggled for decades with the result of what many term as a cultural appropriation of the label, Quakers, and what this has meant. Quakers struggled with the moral, legal, and commercial implications of slavery until banning it within their ranks before the Civil War.

“The Vote,” the PBS documentary, due to be broadcast on July 6 and 7, 2020, explains the basics of Quaker spiritual foundations in equality and the importance of Quaker women in various roles during the early women’s rights movement. It’s an important contribution to the discussion of how and why outside influences such as Native American equality traditions and those practicing equality in their personal lives were essential to the larger picture.

CONVENTION DAYS IN SENECA FALLS, NY DURING 2020

Do a search for “Convention Days” and “Seneca Falls” to find out the status of 2020 celebrations in Seneca Falls, NY. Some events and programs have been cancelled or rescheduled. Others have shifted to online. Check out this virtual conference, advertised below, in late July 2020.

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This entry was posted on July 3, 2020, in Blog.

News Alert from Suffrage Centennials…”The Vote” screening, plus more!

NEWS NOTES FROM SUFFRAGECENTENNIALS.COM 

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This entry was posted on June 28, 2020, in Blog.

Update on Justice Bell film & other Suffrage Centennial News Notes!

JUSTICE BELL FILM WILL BE RELEASED SOON…

The Justice Bell web platform has some terrific news. This includes a news update from filmmaker Martha Wheelock:

MOST RECENT UPDATE FOR THE SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL CATALOG

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This digital catalog compiled by Bob Cooney is an important resource for 2020. It has numerous items to choose from, and this is the most recent version. Sign up on the National Women’s History Alliance web site to receive news updates.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THE JULY 2020 PBS AIRING OF “THE VOTE”

Screenings online all over the US have people talking about the suffrage history documentary scheduled for July 6 and 7, 2020 at your local PBS station.

TURNING POINT SUFFRAGIST MEMORIAL PROJECT FACING DELAYS

SuffrageCentennials.com has been following the planning and progress of the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial for years. Now, the decision to complete the memorial in stages has been announced. Donor contributions will contribute to be accepted, however. Also, a new development from the Turning Point organizers announced on their web platform:

WE SHARE FRUSTRATION WITH YOU ABOUT THE 2020 SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION CHALLENGES, ETC!

We can’t cover all of the closings and announcements of digital events and celebrations that have been announced during 2020. If you planned to attend an event associated with August 26th, Women’s Equality Day, during 2020, check with its organizers as to any changes in plans. For those of us who have been advocating for the 2020 centennial for the past five years and more, we’re sad and disappointed too.

Women voters: Voting rights didn’t come easy. Follow the Spirit of 1776! on Vimeo.

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This entry was posted on June 26, 2020, in Blog.

“Cook up a storm”—get published online, plus extra attention at Suffrage Wagon Cooking School!

A Call to “Cook”: Historians Cooking the Past in the Time of COVID-19

by Stacey Zembrzycki

COVID-19 has brought so many of us into a new sort of relationship–fraught or otherwise—with cooking and food. We’ve been thinking a lot about how others have faced public and personal catastrophes, distance (social and otherwise), as well as scarcity and all of the anxieties that come with these experiences. We are struck by the way the coronavirus brings us together as a global community even as it separates us into the smallest iteration of “family” units. At the same time, we have found ourselves cooking and looking to the past for comfort, models, and inspiration to move forward.

SHARE A FOOD MEMORY AND INCLUDE A RECIPE

In this vein, we have issued a call to cook, asking scholars as well as storytellers throughout the world to share a food memory and a recipe that reflects on these COVID-19 times. By “cooking the past,” we mean two things. First, we are dedicated to exploring our own compulsion to draw on familiar recipes in these troubled times. Also, “cooking,” as in “playing with” or “altering,” reflects our creative efforts to both rethink and reframe our own engagements with stories of loss, community, family, and food heritages.

New York’s 2017 suffrage centennial fans cooked up a storm! on Vimeo.

While some posts will be nostalgic, paying homage to a simpler time, we also welcome those that offer an edgy perspective on the politics of this moment and how it may be viewed as an important break with the past. If re-envisioning how we address homelessness, food insecurity, healthcare, education, and other social issues moving forward, through story and food memories, means not including a recipe, know that our framework is completely flexible.

UNDERSTAND THE PANDEMIC THROUGH STORYTELLING

This improv and temporary project, as well as our call to cook, is available at www.historianscookingthepast.com. If you are inspired, please consider making a contribution to the project. Our hope is to understand this pandemic through storytelling, while also documenting the particular challenges we are all facing through varied international perspectives. Regardless, please follow along as we try to understand this evolving situation as a community of storytellers, and perhaps cook and share a recipe to our kitchen.

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If you send us your recipe that’s accepted for the Historians Cooking the Past web platform, we’ll promote it on Suffrage Wagon Cooking School.

This article is reprinted from the Historians Cooking the Past web site. Spread the word! And send us the recipe and commentary that is posted.

Suffrage Wagon Cafe is preparing a special program based on the experiences of the First Woman Reporter on The Moon. It seems like eating in space is a bit more challenging than eating on Planet earth. Stay tuned!

This entry was posted on June 19, 2020, in Blog.

Don’t hold your breath about the immediate passage of the Equal Rights Amendment!

In 2023 women in the United States will have been working for 100 years to get an equal rights amendment added to the US Constitution. The panel participants in an ERA Town Hall during May 2020 were not optimistic about the possibilities of a quick passage.

Several panelists said they predicted that partisan politics will most likely prevent the draft amendment from becoming part of the US Constitution for some time to come. Difficult and expensive litigation may be the fate of the draft amendment, they explained. The degree of determination and persistence around the ERA’s revival is noteworthy and a development worthy of significant comment.

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UPDATE FROM BOB COONEY ABOUT 2020 SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONS

Dear Friends celebrating the Suffrage Centennial,

During the quarantine, I worked with the National Women’s History Alliance to put together a Women’s Suffrage Centennial Catalog.  It’s an exciting if incomplete gathering of commemorative material of all sorts produced by state centennial groups, non-profits, artists and small businesses across the country. Contact me at the email below for a copy.

Our main goal is to encourage people to visit the state centennial websites, in particular, since they are such rich resources and could use more publicity. A list of the principal state groups is included.  All the sites are worth visiting.

We wanted to share the excitement of these groups and others, and promote the centennial in this free digital way to attract more people. Our hope is that the catalog will circulate as widely as possible right away with your help to increase the visibility of these worthy and timely efforts.  As a rule, people love to shop.

We encourage you to feel free to send this out to your members and supporters, share it with contacts and promote it on social media – more than once. The more visibility the better.  The NWHA makes no money off the catalog and we hope it benefits all those recognizing this important anniversary. 

Please let me know of any corrections or changes.  Thank you for all your work and for helping this catalog reach a wider audience.

All the best,

Robert Cooney, National Women’s History Alliance   RobertCooney@ebold.com

UPDATE ABOUT LETSROCKTHECRADLE.COM

LetsRockTheCradle.com has returned to the fray.

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Find out from Marguerite Kearns about her upcoming book, “An Unfinished Revolution,” the story of her grandparents, Wilmer and Edna Kearns and her effort of a lifetime to find out about her family’s involvement in social activism. Registration for the special Renesan program, online, will open in late August.

This entry was posted on June 12, 2020, in Blog.

World Environment Day at SuffrageCentennials.com


The May 31, 2020 launch to shoot two men into space provoked an announcement from Suffrage Wagon News Channel about the first Woman Reporter on the Moon. This reaction and experiment with fictional content has provoked debate and conversation, with the added responsibility to place the past, present, and future into a broader context.

THE NEWS AS WE MAKE IT AND PUBLISH IT IN THE SPACE THAT FITS…!

Within this broader context, I’ve become more opinionated than ever. The May 2020 launch demonstrated to me the limitations of existing and thinking within the context of the past, with the present day and future vague and cloudy. Space colonization and development is now in the hands of corporations and a few nations. There’s profit to be made in outer space. So this development is something to notice.

If this news update seems cluttered, it’s because it’s not easy to report on the May 31, 2020 launch into space to test and announce new technologies that make it easier to plunder Planet Earth and leave it behind for others to clean up.

MEANWHILE, June 5, 2020 was World Environment Day.

In the context of no limits to plundering Planet Earth, a day set aside for biodiversity can almost seem outdated. In fact, preserving Planet Earth, our home, is necessary for those who survive the dreadful predictions of the eventual impact of the shifts in climate. It’s predictable that space colonization would replace worry about the downhill shifts in quality life on Planet Earth.

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This entry was posted on June 5, 2020, in Blog.

Men Shot into Space in May 2020. The women stayed at home, with one exception!

The first woman reporter on the Moon! VIDEO on Vimeo.

While the men of the United States scored victories in 2020 relative to keeping women in their place, the women reporters at Suffrage Wagon News Channel had their own blast off this week. The first woman reporter on the moon has now set up news bureau headquarters with a feature headline that in the larger universe, women are highly honored, unlike on Planet Earth.

FIRST WOMAN REPORTER ON THE MOON TO CROWD OUT ALL OTHER NEWS

The May 2020 accomplishment of the United States to shoot two men into space has been duly noted. However, the newsworthy universal headline award went to the first woman reporter on the moon. She represents the women of Planet Earth.

Many representatives of these earthly beings have been voting for 100 years, and yet white old men are still chosen and promoted by their respective political parties to represent them in the White House.

100 YEARS IS BASIC REQUIREMENT FINALLY MET BY WOMEN TO JUSTIFY FAIRNESS

These persistent and determined earthly women in the United States have been marching for over 100 years for justice and freedom within their imperfect social and political system.

In 2023, this web site will highlight a sixty-part public broadcasting documentary series about the 100 years since US women have been attempting to include equal rights and justice into the US Constitution.

EXPANSION AND STOCK OPTIONS EXPECTED TO KEEP EARTH WOMEN CONTENT

Since the response to the May 2020 men’s blastoff to outer space has been mixed, the first women reporters on the moon will issue and circulate a special report. It is possible their current news bureau building will be remodeled and expanded between now and 2023 in order to host the next suffrage centennial celebration in 2023—to honor 100 years since US women have been attempting to include equal rights relative to gender in the US Constitution.

Ten US corporations have submitted bids to sell tickets linking Planet Earth to the women’s moon headquarters. The stock for moon tourism transportation is expected to go through the roof over the next five years.

NO WOMAN’S ACTIVIST OF ANY AGE OR BACKGROUND TO BE LEFT BEHIND

Stay tuned. Continue watching this web platform, SuffrageCentennials.com, that has been publishing special programming about US women and their Swiss cheese civil, personal, and political rights since 2013.

Suffrage Wagon News Channel has been spreading the news of women’s activism since 2009.

This is a special program released to audiences around the world by Suffrage Wagon Cafe that has been scheduling special programs for the past five years. Here’s the announcement of the cafe’s opening in 2015:

Great women’s suffrage programs and videos from Suffrage Wagon Cafe on Vimeo.

This entry was posted on June 1, 2020, in Blog.