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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