The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial supports the awarding of a presidential citizens medal to Inez Milholland from President Obama before he leaves office. Inez Milholland (1886-1916) died for our voting rights. She also led the first inaugural women’s march in the nation’s capitol in 1913. If you aren’t familiar with her story, visit the InezMilhollandCentennial.com web site and find out about the 2016 centennial campaign sponsored by the National Women’s History Project and co-chaired by Marguerite Kearns and Robert P.J. Cooney Jr.
This year, 2017, is New York State’s suffrage centennial. The state effort promotes and educates events and celebrations throughout the year. Plans are already underway for the 2020 national centennial when American women will have been voting for 100 years.
This is New Zealand’s suffrage centennial medal. New Zealand was the first nation in the world where women won the right to vote. By no means was it a slam dunk. New Zealand has had a Suffrage Centennial Medal in place since 1993. The national medal was intended to “recognize those New Zealand and Commonwealth citizens who had made a significant to women’s rights or women’s issues within New Zealand.” The medal has been awarded to 546 men and women.
The New Zealand suffrage medal is circular and bronze with an antique finish. The ribbon is purple with three narrow stripes of white, yellow and white in the center. When worn, the medal can be suspended by the ribbon shaped into a bow. The medal was manufactured by the Royal Australian Mint. For more information, follow this link.
The United States has no similar recognition for the largest social and political nonviolent revolution in U.S. history. This is why the nomination for a citizens medal for Inez Milholland is significant. U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier of California nominated Milholland for the honor in 2015.
The Suffrage Wagon Cafe has been posting programs about our national suffrage martyr, Inez Milholland.
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