Check out a new update from the National Women’s History Alliance that’s available on their web site, a fabulous array of what is available for gift ideas for you, your friends, and family members. It’s quite an offering of what’s out there. We’ll be sending you a link for the entire gift guide that is a gift in itself.
This is what SuffrageCentennials.com was blogging about in 2016.
Celebrating 100 years since the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution is something to be thankful for! No social movement is without its challenges and contradictions.
A HOLIDAY MESSAGE FROM MARGUERITE KEARNS
“Learning about the women’s suffrage movement hasn’t without its challenges. For me in my writing, this has involved what to include in my writing and what to leave out for reasons of space, reasonable privacy concerns, as well as the compromises and utter frustration of some activists working for generations without expected results. Winning voting rights was extremely difficult in its time.
“Over the 20th century, many attitudes have shifted. The winning of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution was generally marginalized and not considered relevant when I was attending school. When I started blogging in 2009, most folks had no idea what I was talking about when I used the word ‘suffrage.’ Their eyes glazed over. Many people yawned in my face.
“I blogged until I found others like me who wanted to reverse the silence, secrets, and marginalization. I had an amusing term for others like me—cradle rockers. The year 2020 is astonishing in terms of what many Americans are learning and thinking about. The decentralized and once radical movement of women’s voting rights has taken on a life of its own.”
“An Unfinished Revolution: Edna Buckman Kearns and the Struggle for Women’s Rights” is in the publishing pipeline by SUNY Press (State University of New York) for release in June 2021.
Inez Milholland’s family members, some distant, kept her memory alive throughout the 20th century when the early women’s rights history was marginalized, considered boring and unimportant, and it was either invisible or referred to in a single photo caption.
It’s hard to keep up now with the amount of material published about the early women’s rights movement. This includes descendants of the activists. In July 2020 a conference, “Seneca Falls Revisited” featured the great great grand niece of Harriet Tubman. One extended family group had a representative—the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass.
BOOKS BY FAMILY MEMBERS ARE MOVING THROUGH THE PUBLISHING PIPELINES
There are increasing occasions when someone speaks in public or writes about their ancestor or family member. John Holliday from Australia is one example. He had planned to visit the United States to promote his book about his suffrage ancestor, but the pandemic called a halt to his plans.
If you know of an ancestor publishing a book about their suffrage activist family members or ancestors, get in touch! Plan for your book club—especially a book about an early women’s rights activist written by a descendant.
“An Unfinished Revolution” Edna Buckman Kearns and the Struggle for Women’s Rights” by Marguerite Kearns is one example.
An article about the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon used by Edna Buckman Kearns will be featured in the next issue of “New York History” scheduled for publication in November 2020. The article will be an adapted selection from An Unfinished Revolution: Edna Buckman Kearns and the Struggle for Women’s Rights that is scheduled for publication in June 2021 by SUNY Press.. Here’s information about “New York History” from their web page.
SuffrageCentennials.com has been publishing since 2013.
The dream of historic markers to celebrate the 2020 suffrage centennial is coming closer to a reality. October 1, 2020 is the deadline to apply for a free historic marker in your community. The National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites has been working hard the past few years to establish a Votes for Women Trail across the United States. The historic markers are funded by the Pomeroy Foundation in NYS.