2019 is a great planning year for the 2020 votes for women centennial!


There are so many programs and special events planned for 2020 that it’s best to refer Americans to the event listings with the Votes for Women Centennial. Meanwhile, the planning continues.

Work is in progress for a musical about the first wave of the women’s rights movement that’s loosely defined as from 1848 to 1920. And 2020 is the anniversary of US women voting for 100 years. There are still serious kinks to be worked out, in addition to complications caused by gerrymandering and other serious issues.


Shaina Taub calls her musical work in progress “The Suffragists,” and some of the songs from this upcoming production were introduced at the 75th anniversary of the Schlesinger Library at Harvard University last year. The musical focuses on the latter part of the movement for voting rights—the relationship between Alice Paul and Carrie Chapman Catt that point up Paul’s “idealism” and Catt’s “practicality” and their relationship to other groups adding to tensions within the movement, a decentralized and often fragmented campaign now being recognized in the 2020 votes for women centennial.


SuffrageCentennials.com has been publishing since 2013. We’re passionate about the 2020 votes for women centennial. And we continue urging individuals, organizations, policymakers, historians, and others to prepare. Make sure a celebration is on your planning list.

Visit our sister web platforms: LetsRockTheCradle.com is a public information service for the media when covering 2020 women’s voting rights events. SuffrageWagon.org celebrates the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon that was used for organizing in NYC and on Long island during 1913. It will be on exhibit at the New York State Museum in 2020.

Our newest sister suffrage site: QuakerWomen.com 


An occasion to celebrate—Inez Milholland’s birthday on August 6th!


Mark your calendar for August 6th and make plans now for an observance. Inez Milholland is the US suffrage martyr. And more Americans than ever know about her because of the 2016 centennial observance of her death in 2016, a special campaign by the National Women’s History Alliance with Marguerite Kearns and Robert P.J. Cooney Jr. as co-chairs.


Check out InezMilholland.wordpress.com for updates about how Inez will be honored when it has been 100 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constiitution. It isn’t too early to mark your calendar and get busy with others across the nation who are planning to observe Inez Milholland on her birthday in August.


Suffrage Wagon News Channel will commemorate ten years of publishing since 2009.

LetsRockTheCradle.com is a public service for the media, policymakers, historians, and many others.

SuffrageCentennials.com highlights and events and special programs planned for 2020.

InezMilhollandCentennial.com has lots of resources and information about the nation’s suffrage martyr.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Suffrage Centennials!

Make “Votes for Women” fortune cookies for a special gift! on Vimeo.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Make some “Votes for Women” fortune cookies for your friends and family members for birthday and holiday gifts!

Part of the emphasis is that on Valentine’s Day we are reinforcing the news that we are partners with Vision 2020, along with other organizations working to bring attention to the 2020 votes for women centennial nationally.

Visit our sister sites, along with QuakerWomen.com, the most recent addition. If the first wave of women’s rights doesn’t include Quaker women, then we will have increased the black hole of misinformation about the movement. Let’s see what Quaker women have to say about filling in the blanks on Valentine’s Day of 2019.

Vision 2020 is one of many organizations working hard in public and behind the scenes. Join us!


Grant program for across the US—Votes for Women historic markers!

If you have an idea for a free historic marker to commemorate women’s suffrage in your community, please contact your NVWT State Coordinator to begin the nomination process: https://ncwhs.org/votes-for-women-trail/state-coordinators/. You can also contact the NCWHS directly: https://ncwhs.org/about/contact-us/. Municipalities, nonprofit academic institutions and 501(c)(3) organizations are especially encouraged to submit a nomination. Pomeroy Foundation signage grants are fully funded and cover the entire cost of a marker, pole and shipping. The local partner is responsible for installation of the marker.


The National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites is a non-profit organization established to support and promote the preservation and interpretation of sites and locales that bear witness to women’s participation in American history. NCWHS is dedicated to making women’s contributions to history visible so all women’s experiences and potential are fully valued. Visit: www.ncwhs.org

 About the Pomeroy Foundation

The William G. Pomeroy Foundation is a private foundation established in 2005. The Foundation is committed to supporting the celebration and preservation of community history; and to raising awareness, supporting research and improving the quality of care for patients and their families who are facing a blood cancer diagnosis. To date, the Foundation has awarded nearly 800 grants for historic signage in New York State and beyond. Visit: www.wgpfoundation.org

SuffrageCentennials.com is a partner with Vision 2020.

This entry was posted on February 11, 2019, in Blog.

Quaker women see the need to be visible during the women’s suffrage centennial in 2020

It’s difficult to speak about the first wave of the women’s suffrage movement without giving a nod to Quaker women. Of the women of Seneca Falls, New York planning the 1848 women’s conference, all but one were Quaker women. The lone exception—Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

There’s a new web site just gearing up to spread the word about this initiative—QuakerWomen.com

If you’re a Quaker women or know someone who is, share this email with them.

Our sister site, LetsRockTheCradle.com, has just announced its partnership with Vision 2020 that will hold special programs in the Philadelphia area during August of 2020. LetsRockTheCradle is a public service for writers, journalists, bloggers, educators, and others who have been busy spreading the word about 2020 and the upcoming suffrage centennial celebrations. The Cradle platform is sharing its Vision 2020 partnership.


This entry was posted on February 9, 2019, in Blog.

Report from the grassroots— from Marguerite Kearns


Former Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch has been appointed as the head of the national Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission. The US Congress created the commission to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification to the 19th Amendment to the US, Constitution that became the law of the land in 1920.

Kleefisch, a former television reporter, served eight years as lieutenant governor under Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin in November. Her appointment to head the national suffrage commission is proving to be highly controversial.

From Marguerite Kearns:

I’m still plugging along, working on the grassroots to give women’s history a presence. I’m the representative in my state for the Votes for Women Trail that consists of working with the Pomeroy Foundation. The goal is to place women’s history markers in key strategic places in communities across the nation.

Now with the gift of the Pomeroy Foundation in New York State, five free Votes for Women trail markers (per state) will be part of establishing a national women’s suffrage trail for 2020. It’s a collaboration with the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites. Quite a mouthful.

The State of New Mexico placed a limited number of women’s history markers in key communities several years ago. There’s a database online, and support for this program of working on the grassroots. Wherever these women’s history historic markers are unveiled, there’s attention and an ongoing reminder of the work still to be completed in the arena of equal rights.

As state rep for NM, I have been approaching different statewide organizations to take up the challenge of placing five more markers for the 2020 suffrage centennial for the state. And the same effort is ongoing in other states across the country. Our goal is 2020, the suffrage centennial.

Several states still need coordinators for the women’s trail. Contact Nancy Brown and Marsha Weinstein. And visit the web site yourself.

SuffrageCentennials.com has been publishing since 2013. We started out as a blogging tour in the “Cradle” of the women’s rights movement in the United States. Now, we’re part of many teams working up front and behind the scenes to keep the idea of a 2020 suffrage centennial alive.


This entry was posted on February 4, 2019, in Blog.

SuffrageCentennials.com supports history has value statement!

HistoryRelevance.com is conducting a national campaign to raise awareness about history has value campaign. We support this initiative.

LetsRockTheCradle.com, a sister site to SuffrageCentennials.com, has been spreading the word about the “Value of History” statement. The campaign has special relevance to many organizations and individuals planning for 2020 when US women will have been voting for 100 years. If your organizations hasn’t endorsed the history has value statement, plan to do so.

SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL NEWS: This is the third year in a row that the Shaker Museum in New Lebanon, NY has received funding from the State of New York. In 2018 a Workforce Investment grant allowed the Museum to transition its Director of Advancement from part-time to full-time. In 2017, a grant in observance of the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State supported the Museum’s exhibition “Break Every Yoke: Shakers, gender equality, and women’s suffrage.”


IDENTITY » History nurtures personal and collective identity in a diverse world. People discover their place in time through stories of their families, communities, and nation. These stories of freedom and equality, injustice and struggle, loss and achievement, and courage and triumph shape people’s personal values that guide them through life.

CRITICAL THINKING » History teaches vital skills. Historical thinking requires critical approaches to evidence and argument and develops contextual understanding and historical perspective, encouraging meaningful engagement with concepts like continuity, change, and causation, and the ability to interpret and communicate complex ideas clearly and coherently.


VIBRANT COMMUNITIES » History is the foundation for strong, vibrant communities. A place becomes a community when wrapped in human memory as told through family stories, tribal traditions, and civic commemorations as well as discussions about our roles and responsibilities to each other and the places we call home.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT » History is a catalyst for economic growth. Communities with cultural heritage institutions and a strong sense of historical character attract talent, increase tourism revenues, enhance business development, and fortify local economies.


ENGAGED CITIZENS » History helps people envision a better future. Democracy thrives when individuals convene to express opinions, listen to others, and take action. Weaving history into discussions about contemporary issues clarifies differing perspectives and misperceptions, reveals complexities, grounds competing views in evidence, and introduces new ideas; all can lead to greater understanding and viable community solutions.

LEADERSHIP » History inspires leaders. History provides today’s leaders with role models as they navigate through the complexities of modern life. The stories of persons from the past can offer direction to contemporary leaders and help clarify their values and ideals.

LEGACY » History, saved and preserved, is the foundation for future generations. Historical knowledge is crucial to protecting democracy. By preserving authentic and meaningful documents, artifacts, images, stories, and places, future generations have a foundation on which to build and know what it means to be a member of the civic community.

SuffrageCentennials.com has been publishing since 2013. Our sister site, QuakerWomen.com, is getting started. If you know a Quaker woman interested in recognizing the Quaker activists of the first wave of the women’s rights movement in the United States, send them to this web platform.

This entry was posted on February 2, 2019, in Blog and tagged .

Patriotic protest theme important in women’s suffrage organizing!

Patriotic Protest theme of “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon! on Vimeo.

The “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon will be on exhibit at the New York State Museum in Albany, NY during 2020.

The patriotic protest theme of the women’s suffrage movement constituted an important part of the wagon’s significance on its journey from New York City to Long Island in July of 1913. Edna Kearns, Irene Davison, and Serena Kearns wore colonial costumes and used banners citing “taxation without representation.”

The New York State Museum has a model of the Stanton/Anthony statue on exhibit until Women’s History Month in 2019. The actual statue will be unveiled during 2020 in Central Park. It will be the first statue of women in Central Park and an important feature of the national observance when US women will have been voting for 100 years.

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Check out LetsRockTheCradle.com, a public service for the media, policymakers, citizens, and organizations preparing for the 2020 national suffrage centennial.

Gearing up for 2020 during 2019 at the Susan B. Anthony Museum & House

There’s a database with events this coming year as organizations, policymakers, schools, and interested citizens prepare for the 2020 national suffrage centennial. Sign up with the WVCI News at 2020centennial.org

You’ll find events like these scheduled for 2019 at the National Susan B. Anthony Museum and House in Rochester, New York. It’s all part of the preparation for the 2020 votes for women centennial celebration.

March 18, 2019The Role of Black Women in Reconstruction-Era Political Campaigns, Dr. Justin Behrends, Associate Professor & Chair, History, SUNY Geneseo

May 6, 2019Catherine E. Beecher and the Cult of Domesticity. Denise Munson, Esq.

June 3, 2019Martha Taylor Howard, Savior of 17 Madison Street. ​Dr. Jenny Lloyd, History Professor Emerita, The College at Brockport

Each presentation is offered in the Carriage House of the museum and house in Rochester, NY as a noon luncheon ($35 individual reservation) or 2 pm informal tea ($20 individual reservation). Space is limited and may be sold out.


We are members of New Mexico Press Women. SuffrageCentennials.com features the news, views, and events associated with 2020 suffrage centennial observances.

This entry was posted on January 19, 2019, in Blog.

Breaking News, plus 2020 suffrage centennial is gaining momentum!


The State of New Mexico is organizing for 2020 with its first planning meeting held in Albuquerque. On the agenda is finding an organization to take responsibility for special programs throughout 2020.


The Alice Paul Institute is celebrating Paul’s 134th birthday today, and carrying on her work in the support of the Equal Rights Amendment.

IN SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL NEWS: The UK has listed many sites of suffrage protest on its National Heritage list. This includes Emmeline Pankhurst’s tomb, Bristol Hall, and Her Majesty’s Theatre. Marches, exhibits, theatre, conferences and more marked the UK’s 2018 suffrage centennial where women won partial voting rights, with full suffrage in 1928. In the US, work continues to prepare for the 2020 national suffrage centennial.

Suffrage Centennials features the trends, news, views, and views of the first wave of the women’s rights movement in the US. This video highlights associated interests and concerns. Suffrage Wagon Cafe has monthly programs and videos advocating that we all observe, celebrate, and make the most of 2020 when US women will have been voting, or have had the partial right to vote, for 100 years.

During 2020, a great deal is planned, and we’ll follow the expected events and observances on this web platform, as well as events and programs organized from now to 2020. Celebrate women’s freedom to vote. We worked hard for it and now we’re concerned about fair and honest elections, more women participating in the electoral process, inclusion, diversity, and much more.

Follow SuffrageCentennials.com during 2019.