The United States Parachute Association (USPA) reports there are 35,000 active U.S. skydivers, but only 13% are females. Women are underrepresented. There is a need for more women instructors, role models and mentors. The WSN hopes to inspire that growth.
Founded by Christy Frikken and JaNette Lefkowitz in 2016, two professional skydivers who developed the network as a community resource for all female skydivers.
The WSN provides female skydivers – of all experience levels from beginners to World Champions – with resources, training, networking, and fellowship.
Women from all over the world are welcome into the free global network of women who actively look to the WSN -and each other- for training, resources and community support in everything related to skydiving.
The 2020 initiatives:
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution securing women’s right to vote, the WSN tapped top professional female skydivers to develop two initiatives to celebrate the milestone.
Highlight Pro Skydiving Team – Comprised of 11 female skydivers doing demonstration jumps across the country.
Project 19 – 100+ women from across the globe training to secure a skydiving Women’s Vertical World Record.
The Votes For Women! 19th Amendment Book Club will hold its April 30 meeting via phone conference. Credits: Votes For Women! 19th Amendment Book Club
Rusty Tobin, who is affiliated with Empire State College, has been coordinating the Votes For Women! 19th Amendment Book Club, thatstarted in February. On April 30 the group discusses “Women Will Vote: Winning Suffrage in New York State” by Karen Pastorello and Susan Goodier. To join the April discussion, call 515-606-5713 before 6 p.m. and use access code 498139 followed by #.
Humanities NY partially funded the program with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Anyone wishing to read the books and join the discussions can borrow copies by calling 585-466-5031 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
TO: Friends celebrating the women’s suffrage centennial
FROM: Robert Cooney
We hope all of you are well. In addition to the other worries related to the COVID virus, it’s likely that you are discouraged that your long planned activities to celebrate the suffrage centennial have not or may not come to pass. This is a big disappointment for us all.
AN APPEAL LETTER TO THOSE WHO MAY BE DISCOURAGED ABOUT 2020
However, we are committed to recognizing the women’s suffrage centennial despite the challenges we face. While there is every reason to feel discouraged, we can embrace the behavior of the women we celebrate – and adapt and persevere!
DO WHAT YOU CAN TO EXTEND THE SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL. . .
After consulting with many of you around the country, we believe it’s important to encourage the extension of the suffrage centennial through 2021. Many groups, individuals and institutions are already making plans. With this larger timeline in mind, we can continue throughout 2020 as much as possible, and then use 2021 to make up for the dislocation caused by the virus and even create new tributes. We can’t let the virus overwhelm recognition of women’s historic breakthrough. We can reclaim and make the most of the lost time.
We all hope and plan for events and exhibits to reopen relatively soon. But regardless, since the 100th anniversary year lasts until August 26, 2021, we suggest that organizations begin now to consider and plan for a clear and deliberate extension of centennial-related commemorations into 2021. The sooner we let partners, institutions and the media know the better. We realize that some groups will not want to or be able to do this, but we anticipate that many will.
LET’S WORK TOGETHER ON THIS!
Our two organizations will continue to share useful resources and information about how our community is coping and planning for the future. Please keep us updated on your activity. We appreciate your news, ideas, feedback and cooperation.
SO MANY CENTENNIAL RESOURCES ONLINE
In the meantime, there are countless centennial resources to take advantage of online. The NWHA’s “Women Win the Vote” Gazette has hundreds of links plus state and national news. Download it from http://www.nwha1980.org. Also point people to http://www.2020Centennial.org, where they can learn more.
We are very grateful that the Rose Parade Float and so many suffrage centennial events took place during the first few months of 2020. And we know that, after this challenge passes, great opportunities lie ahead.
Onward with each other,
National Women’s History Alliance and the 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative
If you are stumped about how to participate in the 2020 voting rights centennial, consider sending music by way of digital platforms. One piece by musician and composer Joyce Rouse is an example. She has been advocating for a broader public awareness of the early women’s rights movement for years. And she has followed through with music that has played an important role in spreading the word.
PHOTOS ADDED TO WORDS MAKE THE MESSAGE STRONGER
CHECK OUT THE WEB SITE FOR JOYCE ROUSE, EARTH MAMA
Easier said than done—that is, the shift from real events to virtual events. If you don’t know about this valuable resource already, take a look at what’s available at the Library of Congress for your web based and digital creations.
Yes, we’re making changes and asking questions. It isn’t enough to cancel events and gatherings during this international health emergency. We have to work extra hard and keep our goals in mind.
Keep the 2020 suffrage centennial celebrations alive and well NOW.
NEW BOOK ABOUT THE US SUFFRAGE MARTYR, INEZ MILHOLLAND, IS IN THE WORKS
This is one of the features in the recent issue of the Gazette published by the National Women’s History Alliance.
CONCERN ABOUT THE RISE IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DUE TO PANDEMIC
The European Union is only one of the international forums concerned about the rise of domestic violence resulting from the lockdowns of areas around the world due to the virus pandemic. This isn’t new. Health crises have in the past led to domestic violence and this is no exception.
This is a video produced by the international movement associated with Eve Ensler (vday.org) that has been responding to this trend during so-called “normal times” that has been made even more alarming now. Here is musical and video commentary:
IF YOU WANT TO ADD SPICE TO YOUR ORGANIZATION’S PROGRAMMING…
Consider focusing a program on Inez Milholland, the US suffrage martyr. It may have to be a virtual event. If so, it’s a trial run to learn what it takes to function online during these troubled times. Planning may have to take mobility issues into consideration because of the many closings during the coronavirus emergency.
CONSIDER A RANGE OF POSSIBILITIES
If you are able to plan a “live” event sometime this year, you can quickly pull together an excellent 15-minute film about Inez, and add a copy of the Gazette, a tabloid and handout on 2020 suffrage events and special celebrations, to your guests’ resources. The Gazette is published by the Women’s History Alliance (see their web shop for details). There’s music by Earth Mama and many other performers.
Another possibility is a virtual event, gallery, or exhibition.
In late 2019, Mt. Discovery was renamed Mt. Inez, in honor of Inez Milholland, the US suffrage martyr from upstate New York. The town of Lewis, NY and its residents are proud of the road markers erected locally, funded by the Pomeroy Foundation, to mark and locate Milholland’s grave and related locations. The Milholland family lived in Lewis, NY for many decades. And the town has been the site of many events over the years to commemorate Inez.
There’s a terrific 15-minute film about Inez, perfect for 2020 observances and for the general public. And the renaming of Mt. Discovery in the Adirondack Mountain region of New York State is a milestone in the work conducted over the past decade to bring the stories about US suffrage activists to the attention of the public. Stay in touch with the many opportunities during 2020 to bring the story of the history of the US women’s rights movement to the attention of the broader public.
The “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon was put on exhibit at the New York State Museum in Albany, New York in early March of 2020. It was scheduled to be there until the end of the summer of 2020. As of this date, the New York State Museum is closed temporarily. Find out about the wagon’s future exhibition at SuffrageWagon.org
SuffrageCentennials.com has been publishing since 2013.
The celebration of 2020, the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in the United States wasn’t a miracle that just happened. It is the result of hundreds of volunteers. For the past decade we have been networking and organizing with one goal in mind—that 2020 wouldn’t come and go without a splash.
STILL A LONG WAY TO GO…
This is a news alert. We have to make an immediate shift to digital presentations in order to keep the anniversary alive.
Back in 2013 when SuffrageCentennials.com started publishing, the future wasn’t secure at all. Many public officials weren’t even sure what the word “suffrage” meant. A few asked, “Does suffrage hurt?”
Persistence. That’s what kept the momentum moving forward. Determination and spirit. Now it’s 2020 and there’s so much going on that we couldn’t have anticipated. However, the goal of equality and an end to second class citizenship for girls and women is by no means realized.
THE BEHIND THE SCENES CAMPAIGNS
The “Spirit of 1776” campaign was one of many sponsored by Suffrage Wagon News Channel to keep the 2020 centennial in the public awareness.
The importance of March and Women’s History Month has been an ongoing contributor to this rite of passage.
That’s why your support is essential during 2020. Support centennials programs. Sponsor an event for friends, family, or your organization either live or on a digital platform.
Don’t forget that Inez Milholland, the US suffrage martyr, has renewed interest during 2020. Check in with InezMilhollandCentennial.com Stay in touch with news sources online featuring Inez Milholland.
We’re celebrating 2020, the year of the RAT-ification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution that guaranteed voting rights for US women. This 100th birthday party is being celebrated across the US.
We’re making a transition to digital platforms.
THE CHANGES UNDERWAY, TODAY AND IN THE NEAR FUTURE
Many events and conferences scheduled for this month to celebrate the 100 years since the ratification to the US Constitution have been cancelled, as have most events involving small and large gatherings.
The 2020 centennial hasn’t been cancelled, however. We’ll be featuring the best actions to take to keep the anniversary alive in upcoming posts.
IT’S TIME TO MAKE THE BASIC CHANGES NECESSARY THAT HAVE PROMPTED US TO MARCH FOR 100+ YEARS.
LET’S CLEAN UP UNFINISHED BUSINESS NOW SO WE CAN MOVE FORWARD UNITED.