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Canadian suffrage movement centennial conference during October 2015

Canadian conference 2015

A conference entitled 2015 “Canada’s History Forum, The Centennial of Women’s Suffrage” is scheduled on October 15, 2015 to prepare for Canada’s 2016 women’s suffrage centennial celebration. The province of Manitoba granted women the right to vote in provincial elections in January of 1916. Women in Saskatchewan and Alberta followed shortly thereafter. The anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement’s accomplishments in Canada is an opportunity to reflect on the lives of dedicated women. By sharing their stories of perseverance and determination, this inspires young Canadian women today. The conference will be held at the Canadian Museum of History. 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M8. For more information, visit the Nellie McClung Foundation. A Canadian human rights milestone will take place on January 28, 2016. One hundred years ago on this day, Manitoba women were the first in Canada and the British Commonwealth to be awarded the right to vote.

OTHER NEWS NOTES: Columnist on New York History blog, Peter Feinman, expresses disappointment about dashed expectations within state’s history community about waning enthusiasm about I Love New York and Path Through History programs. One problem may be that specialty conferences are often thrown together with speakers and big names without much cohesion other than providing personal platforms for presenters. Feinman suggests that state officials weigh in on the state’s history in a broader way than viewing the history community and historic sites as just another version of a chamber of commerce.

Long Island women joined parade in Smithtown, NY to bring attention to New York State’s 2017 suffrage centennial. The blog for LetsRockTheCradle.com highlights events commemorating the women’s rights movement. There’s still time to plan a trip to the cradle of the women’s rights movement in the United States. Anyone who loves a party should check in with the celebration underway of Suffrage Wagon Cooking School which has been in operation for one year. If your organization is looking for a way to raise money, follow SuffrageCentennials.com to find out dates and occasions to plan around. American history comes alive in the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage storytelling series. Bess, Edna’s best friend, narrates. She’s determined to be a free young woman at the turn of the 20th century. Will she succeed? Stay tuned as the episodes continue.

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“Up the Women”: Another season of UK suffrage sit com adds to more suffrage movement awareness


Trailer video for Series Two of the BBC Two sit com, “Up the Women,” the sit com about the English suffrage movement. Take note. U.S. audiences shouldn’t expect to go online and watch the new episodes. You can link to YouTube, however, to experience the fun and confirm that the UK has the upper hand in terms of pushing the suffrage movement out into the public arena. There’s nothing comparable to what’s out there already from the UK. The “Suffragette” film is due to be released in September 2015 and the book about suffrage activist Princess Sophia was published by Bloomsbury in January. Other books on the suffrage movement in England include novels, graphic novels, biographies, and various mass market books. In the UK it’s full stream ahead.

Video highlights of the “Up the Women” sit com: The “Up the Women” commentary on hunger strikes. A letter from Emmeline Pankhurst is the subject of this video clip from the TV series. Focus on a picket sign. Discussion of the suffrage issues, topic of this video –including the definition of a “suffragette.”

OTHER RECENT NEWS: Manitoba women were the first in Canada to win the right to vote at the provincial level on January 26, 1916. Nellie McClung, E. Cora Hin,  and M.J. Benedictssen were among those who made this possible. To celebrate this upcoming suffrage centennial, the Manitoba Museum is gathering items for an exhibit featuring  the women involved in the movement called “Nice Women Don’t Want the Vote.” It’s expected to open November 2015. Book about suffrage activist Princess Sophia just published is getting terrific reviews. Meryl Streep has been interviewed about upcoming “Suffragette” film from the UK expected to be released in fall of 2015. Highlights from SuffrageCentennials.com in 2014.

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