Suffrage Centennial News Notes: Mark your calendar NOW!

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“Spirit of 1776” suffrage storytelling raises questions! on Vimeo.

The “Spirit of 1776” suffrage storytelling series continues on Suffrage Wagon News Channel. Ventriloquist Jonathan Geffner adds to the fun with his performance and commentary.

The “Suffragette” film from the UK opens in U.S. theaters on October 23. This is an opportunity for all of us suff buffs to get the rest of the world to pay attention to this amazing part of history. For most people, it will be an eyeopener. And with some encouragement, they’ll be hooked. Take advantage of the opportunity provided by the “Suffragette” film by planning for events and observances during 2016. Trailer. 

A Center for the Study of Women’s History opening at the New-York Historical Society will specialize in women’s history exhibitions from the suffrage movement to contemporary women’s movements. It will also support scholarship, produce an interactive film, plan an annual conference to be held in March of each year starting in 2016, sponsor an online class, offer fellowships in women’s history, and much more.


There’s so much happening that no one web site can keep track of everything. So it’s more important than ever for us to share the information. One rich resource is the Suffrage 2020 ListServ compiled by Jill Zahniser that recently announced that the 2020 Centennial Task Force is planning a press release to coincide with the opening of the film “Suffragette.” The Task Force will announce its program for the national 2020 suffrage centennial observance, promote a kickoff project, as well as publish a 2020 web page on the Sewall Belmont House website that could be expanded to a stand-alone website in the future. Post to Suffrage2020 by sending an email with an announcement to

Vision 2020, based in Philadelphia, will convene the Fifth National Vision 2020 Congress in Nashville on October 26-28, 2015. The Vision 2020 initiative includes history-focused efforts aimed at achieving equality for women by 2020. For more information:


Anne B. Gass continues on her journey to recreate the 1915 cross-country suffrage movement road trip of Sara Bard Field. Follow the trip progress: Mark your calendar for a November 12 event at Cooper Union celebrating Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s 200th birthday. A campaign to restore one of the few existing suffrage movement films, “Mothers of Men,” is underway. It requires funding and support. More about this on The year 2017 is the centennial of the picketing of the White House. Support the Kickstarter campaign of a book for young people that includes photographs never before seen of the demonstrations.

The Inez Milholland Centennial observance, a program of the National Women’s History Project, is gearing up for a year-long observance starting in January 2016. More information coming soon about Inez Milholland, America’s suffrage martyr. Marguerite Kearns and Robert P.J. Cooney Jr. are national co chairs. Become a partner and plan programs honoring Inez Milholland during 2016.

A list containing the details of more than 1,300 suffrage activist arrests – including that of Emmeline Pankhurst – is available online. Suffrage activists arrested from 1906 through 1914 include Emily Wilding Davison, Louisa Garrett Anderson, Annie Kenney, and Emmeline Pankhurst. The information has been published by Ancestry to coincide with the release of the “Suffragette” film. The list is available on

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