NEWS: The Gazette for the National Women’s History Alliance is preparing its next issue highlighting the diversity of the first wave of the women’s rights movement in the US.
Historic road markers funded by the Pomeroy Foundation are in the planning stages for 2020 across the nation. Some have already been installed under this innovative program.
The City of Long Beach, NY is planning for an unveiling of a historic votes for women marker during June 2019. The city is funding this marker itself, commemorating the visit of Edna Kearns and the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon in July of 1913. This is another example of the word spreading and many organizations and individuals taking the initiative. Details about the ceremony to be announced.
As 2020 approaches, there are more programs being announced by groups and organizations across the nation. The buildup has been accelerating over the past few years from behind the scenes by individuals and organizations. This has been a recognition of the importance of not letting the centennial observance of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution pass without some awareness of where we have been and where we are headed.
And along with this comes criticism that includes that the movement wasn’t perfect, that it should have been better, with more volunteers, more diversity, more funding. And there has also been a recognition that without the first wave, there couldn’t have been a second wave, and so on. One measure of the momentum is in the number of local, state, and national organizations hopping on the bandwagon for 2020.