Tennessee: Programs upcoming in 2020!

The ratification by Tennessee of the Nineteenth Amendment to the US Constitution has been getting a great deal of publicity this year with the announcement of a film scheduled for release in 2020 based on the 2018 book by Elaine Weiss, The Woman’s Hour (Viking Press). The ratification vote in Tennessee caused a sensation all over the nation, so much so that 100 years later, in 2020, we’ll be able to witness some of the drama.


The Woman’s Hour is an excellent read. It’s difficult to make a historical event a page turner, but this has been accomplished. And the number of women’s suffrage events for 2020 is so extensive we’re having trouble keeping up with the crunch. And it’s an excellent feeling to know that the work of hundreds of volunteers over the past decade is finally paying off.

Do you have a women’s suffrage commission in your state? Are you taking advantage of the national program by the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites and the William G. Pomeroy Foundation to erect free historic road markers across the nation? Are you planning a summer trip in 2020 to visit some of the many special programs and exhibits?

Follow from now to 2020!

This entry was posted on May 15, 2019, in Events.

ERA fails in Virginia. When planning for 2020, consider a party for Susan B. Anthony’s 200th birthday!


The ERA momentum failed in Virginia. The ERA ratification movement is looking toward Arizona and North Carolina. Supporters say that 80 percent of the Virginia electorate supported equal rights for women in the US Constitution. However, their elected officials voted not to go on the record for equality.

With the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment coming up in 2020, women across the nation will be hearing mixed messages about the rite of passage associated with anniversaries. With the news coming in so far, some observers are suggesting that American women should be buckling their seat belts in preparation.


Susan B. Anthony will be 200 years old in 2020. If you’re planning for 2020, the national suffrage centennial, a birthday party for Susan B. Anthony is consistent with the observances being scheduled now. It can be a fun party, a fundraiser, or a feature at your conference. There are plenty of resources online.

And while you’re at it, contribute to the Turning Point Suffrage Memorial. It will be opening in 2020 and what you give now will make a difference. Some of the plans have changed since this video, but it still gives a peek at some of the planning underway. By the way, more activists than Susan B. Anthony will be honored in the Memorial.

VIDEO: Be on the Cutting Edge with your Support of the Suffragist Memorial! on Vimeo. is a partner with Vision 2020.

This entry was posted on February 25, 2019, in Events.

A 4th of July Tale: Suffrage movement related!

Do you know the story of five co-conspirators who crashed a national Fourth of July centennial celebration?

If not, you’re not alone.

Picture the scene: July 4, 1876. Philadelphia, PA.

A national celebration with visitors from all over the world.

The platform’s filled with dignitaries, but the co-conspirators wait until after the reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Susan B. Anthony’s ready to make a move along with: Matilda Joslyn Gage, Sara Andrews Spencer, Lillie Devereau Blake, Phoebe W. Couzins.

Anthony marches up to the platform filled with officials. She formally presents the Declaration of Rights of the Women of the United States, an update on the declaration from back in 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York.

THE MESSAGE: that the nation must not turn its back on the Unfinished American Revolution by denying women equality and the right to vote. Actual text.

After delivering the proclamation, Anthony and others distribute copies to the crowd and leave the centennial hall.

THE RESULT: Pandemonium. General Howley, chairman, shouts for order to be restored.

THE OUTCOME: Suffrage activists hold their own independence celebration in Philadelphia.

I’m sending this update to you because I know you’re interested in finding out more about our nation’s social movements in support of freedom.

AUDIO ACCOUNT OF WHAT HAPPENED on July 4, 1876 at the Fourth of July national centennial, as told by Elizabeth Cady Stanton in her memoir, Eighty Years and More. Read by Amelia Bowen.

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Alice Paul tea program to be presented in Sarasota, Florida after premier in California!

The Next Performance of Tea with Alice and Me: Black Box Theater ~ Sarasota, Florida is scheduled for Friday, May 11, 2018, Performance at 5 p.m. Sponsored by the New College of Sarasota, Florida’s Gender Studies program. This event is free. Introduce Alice’s tea to your city, organization, school or club. Contact: Wild West Women, Inc., Martha Wheelock, Producer at (800) 428-7136 or

Wild West Women is the proud producer of “Tea with Alice and Me,” a full-length one-woman performance that takes the audience to women’s tearooms ~ Seneca, Selfridges, The National Women’s Party, Women’s Bookstores. Of course it is really about a cup of revolution served up in nonviolent direct action. From 1775 through today, Zoe Nicholson takes you on her militant, revolutionary, feminist call to action. Hundreds of pictures and personal stories transport the audience to each time and place she describes. has been publishing for five years to bring you the news and views of suffrage centennial events and celebrations across the United States. Marguerite Kearns is editor. Follow by signing up when we share new posts.

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Dedication ceremony today in Huntington, NY for roadside historic marker!

The historic roadside marker in Huntington, New York (Long Island) became official today with a brief ceremony at Wall and Main Streets commemorating a 1913 event where the “Spirit of 1776” wagon used by suffragist Edna Kearns and others was part of a parade and suffrage rally.

The Long Island Woman Suffrage Association applied for and received funding for the roadside historic marker through the William G. Pomeroy Foundation. The foundation has installed hundreds of historic markers throughout the State of New York. According to Pomeroy officials, the suffrage history roadside markers have been especially popular.

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Mark your calendar for April 24, 2018 for “Spirit of 1776” dedication roadside marker

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. has been set for a dedication ceremony for a historic road marker in the downtown of Huntington, NY near Wall and Main Streets. The William G. Pomeroy Foundation has been responsible for funding hundreds of road markers throughout New York State.

The markers commemorating suffrage events and special locations has been popular, according to Pomeroy representatives. More information about the dedication ceremony is available through Antonia Petrash of the Long Island Woman Suffrage Association that applied for the road marker from the Pomeroy Foundation.

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Performance of Suffrage Songs on April 13th

“Forward into Light”

Mongerson Theatre at Springville Center for the arts, 37 North Buffalo St., Springville, NY. $15

Friday, April 13, at 7:30 pm

Featuring performers: Greg Artzner, Dan Duggan, Terry Leonino, Peggy Lynn, Annie Rosen, Bill Spence, Toby Stover, Susan Trump and George Wilson. Music on piano, guitar, bass, hammered dulcimer, harmonica and concertina.

A concert of New York State’s hidden history in a performance of authentic songs used to persuade, rally and celebrate as sung by women and men during the American women’s suffrage movement. Songs which range from humorous to poignant, from strident marches to hymns, and popular parlor songs. Through historical narrative and the songs we will tell the story of how American women won the right to vote in 1917 in New York, and 1920 in the nation.

Produced, directed and compiled by Andy Spence. An Old Songs Production. © 2016 Old Songs, Inc. For more information on tickets or the venue please contact Springville Center for the Arts at (716) 592-9038.


“Perfect 36” Documentary on Suffrage

 “Perfect 36” is a full-length historical documentary about the dramatic last push in Tennessee for the passage of the 19th Amendment that granted women the right to vote. The underwriting is in place and all footage has been shot. But there’s a critical need of funds for the last push through editing to delivery. PBS producers rely solely on sponsors to fund production. This is where YOU come in!

“Perfect 36” depicts a pivotal moment of national significance that should never be forgotten  –WHAT HAPPENED WHEN THE RATIFICATION OF THE 19TH AMENDMENT CAME DOWN TO ONE STATE AND ONE VOTE. “Perfect 36” is in post production for release in March 2017 by way of American Public Television to PBS affiliates nationwide.

BY SPONSORING, YOU WILL BE A VITAL PART OF KEEPING THIS STORY ALIVE. Learn more about the story and see a trailer here.

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This entry was posted on September 17, 2016, in Events.

In 2020, let’s make Women’s Equality Day a national holiday!

Americans throughout the nation are joining the Women’s History Alliance in order to support Women’s Equality Day on August 26, 2020 being declared as a federal holiday.

Can we do this in four years? The planning for the 2020 suffrage centennial is already underway. This includes the 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative (WVCI) that is looking toward programs and events throughout the nation. The National Collaborative of Women’s History Sites (NCWHS) is working to establish a Votes for Women Heritage Trail. It is on board, as is the National Women’s History Project with its 2016 theme, “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government” with a special 2016 Women’s Equality Day poster and a 2016 Women’s Equality Day PowerPoint presentation.

Sign up to become a state contact for the Women’s History Alliance by contacting Molly Murphy MacGregor at or
(707) 636-2888.

IN OTHER NEWS: A project to celebrate the 2017 women’s suffrage centennial in NYS. Dawn Scibilia, a filmmaker, is working on a documentary about political women in the twentieth century (1920, 1930, and 1940s). The crowd funding campaign to support “After the Vote” is about the many women who played influential political roles in twentieth-century New York City. Most Americans recognize the name of Eleanor Roosevelt but they may have little knowledge of the progressive public policies she advocated and helped achieve. Fewer still are aware of Frances Perkins, a key figure in achieving Social Security and the rights of labor unions. Hundreds of other women had similar policy goals and worked alongside Roosevelt and Perkins to win them. Contact:

Convention Days are celebrated in July in Seneca Falls, New York each year. And while you’re in Seneca Falls, visit the women’s rights park.
Convention Days in Seneca Falls, NY

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Suffrage centennial planning is taking off in New York State

New York is getting ready for its 2017 suffrage centennial on Vimeo.

New York State is humming with women’s suffrage centennial planning activity. There’s the recent bill establishing a state suffrage centennial commission that’s now on its way to the NYS Assembly. New York City is buzzing with suffrage centennial planners active, organizations looking ahead, and citizens involved with their share of the action.

There’s considerable activity underway in NYC to celebrate the victories of the women’s suffrage movement across lines of race and class, with national landmarks (the Statue of Liberty, Fifth Avenue, Union Square) as a background for political theater and celebrations.

A fall gala in 2017 will honor NYC suffragists and feature their descendants. Sponsored by the Gotham Center for New York History, Suzanne Wasserman and Louise Bernikow are enthusiastic organizers. If you’re a descendant of a NYC suffragist, an invitation will be sent your way if you get in touch. Find out about the Suffrage Soapbox and a Facebook page, Votesforwomenny, for NYC suffrage centennial events and celebrations. Louise Bernikow (, 212-6626307, can be contacted for more information. Louise’s book, Milliners & Millionaires: New York City Women and the Fight for the Vote, will be published in 2017.

The New York State Museum will feature a special exhibit in 2017: “Votes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial” that’s scheduled to open in the fall of 2017. The state museum has acquired a series of 1917 Franklin County women’s suffrage petitions from Jean Kubaryk, a teacher at North Warren Central School District. The “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon will also be on exhibit at the state museum in 2017. The state Council for the Humanities has held workshops about funding for 2017 centennial programming and taken an active role in planning for the centennial observance.

After a year and a half of work, the NYC Parks Commissioner has approved the Central Park women’s statue project proposed to honor Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. All the details, including the location, can be found on the website Next steps include the design phase and approval by the city Public Design Commission.

Women posterThe NYC Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS) is celebrating the state’s 2017 women’s suffrage centennial by launching activities and programs from 2015 to 2020 to bring attention to New York City’s under-recognized female activists of the past and present, as well as inspiring activism. DORIS is hosting an exhibition through June 30, 2015 entitled “Women Make History: A March Through the Archives” at 31 Chambers Street in New York City. Group tours are welcome. Contact for more information. There’s an evening of music, performance, art, and oratory on November 12, 2015 honoring Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s 200th birthday at Cooper Union in NYC. Tickets will go on sale in the fall. Visit the NYC link at www.WomensActivism.NYC. Follow on Twitter and Facebook. Contact Tracy Penn Sweet – for more information.

The Central Park suffrage statue activists will be shifting into a fundraising phase to pay all costs for the proposed statue and its endowment fund. Even though the Statue Fund is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization, fundraising is challenging. So Pam Elam, President of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund, Inc., sends out the reminder: “A thanks, again, to everyone who has already endorsed the statue campaign and/or made a pledge/donation. Please help us spread the word and gain new endorsers and donors. Your help would be greatly appreciated.”

If you have specific plans for celebrations in 2017 and 2020, let us know and we’ll highlight upcoming events. We’re also gearing up for the 2020 Votes for Women national suffrage centennial. Follow Suffrage Centennials for trends, news, and views.


On July 22, 2015, join historian and singer Tisha Dolton as she leads a discussion and sing-a-long of some of the songs that helped shape the 72-year struggle for the enfranchisement of women in the US. It’s part of the Adult Summer Reading program at Rensselaer (NY) Public Library. Tisha has a new Facebook page that highlights her activities and programs.

We’ve been collecting suffrage centennial news from New York State–a sampling from our archive : #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 Stanton related events

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