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“Trouble Brewing in Seneca Falls, NY”: Plus suffrage centennial news!

“Trouble in Seneca Falls, New York” is an audio podcast series on Vimeo.

IN OTHER NEWS: There will be a Statue Fund press conference to announce the winning sculptor of the design competition for the Stanton/Anthony Woman Suffrage Monument on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at the New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, at 10 a.m. For more information, 347-224-8976.

The National Park Service women’s equality site will be participating in Convention Days in Seneca Falls, NY from July 20-22, 2018. On Saturday, July 21, 2018 there will be a book signing for “W is for Waterfall,” a book for children highlighting women’s history by Aileen Easter. From 2:45 to 4 p.m the same day a program called “The Role of Women in the Promotion of Peace: From Lucretia Mott and the Universal Peace Union…” with content up to the present day. Starting on Convention Days and running through August 1, 2018, the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY has put out a call to storytellers and artists to imagine and create their own versions of the famous conversation between Amelia Bloomer, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton on May 12, 1851. Link to the NWHF web site for more information.

50-50 in 2020 is a nonpartisan organization based in Iowa whose goal is to recruit, train and mentor women political candidates in sufficient numbers that by the year 2020, the centennial of women’s suffrage, women will hold 50 percent of the seats in the Iowa Legislature, 50 percent of the Iowa congressional delegation, and the governor’s office.

The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial has announced that it will open the national suffrage memorial in Lorton, VA on August 26, 2020. That day will have more than its share of attention. Make sure that the memorial meets its funding deadline by contributing NOW. And become a member so that you’ll receive updates and special notices.

We’ve made a contribution to Turning Point. What about you? The Votes for Women activists had us in mind when they took action from 1848 to 1920. Let’s be there for them today. If you’re an Inez Milholland supporter (our national suffrage martyr), Inez will be featured on station 8 of the suffragist memorial, along with a broad arc of honoring a wide range of those who stood up to be heard. We’re all needed now!

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Suffrage centennial road trip & campaign to restore suffrage movement silent film!

Suffrage Envoys, v. 3

Author Anne Gass set out on September 21, 2015 for a Sara Bard Field cross-country trip for woman suffrage that will continue through November 19, 2015. She left from San Francisco headed for Auburn, then Reno, and onto Salt Lake City, Midvale, Utah and then will drive across Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Chicago, Ohio, and then upstate New York where she’ll visit Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica, and Albany. She’ll be in Wilmington, Baltimore and finally Washington D.C., and finally arriving in November 16 for several nights before returning home to Maine. Travel can be unpredictable, as Sara Bard Field and her companions often found before the construction of modern highway networks. You can follow the road trip online.

The trip traces suffragist and poet Sara Bard Field’s cross-country automobile trip that carried a petition from the Panama Pacific Exposition to President Woodrow Wilson demanding the 19th Amendment to the constitution. Anne is seeking more information and artifacts from the historic journey, which was sponsored by Alice Paul’s Congressional Union (later the National Woman’s Party) and was met by a large demonstration in Washington D.C. 100 years ago.

"Mothers of Men"

Mothers of Men, a melodrama made in 1917, one the few surviving women’s suffrage films, stars Dorothy Davenport. Made just three years before the 19th Amendment, the production attempted to show the nation how strong women could be if allowed to hold political office. The only known film elements are held outside the United States and have been deteriorating to the point that it is imperative to begin the restoration. Donations are requested. For more information.

IN OTHER NEWS: The Honorable Margaret Milner Richardson received the Silent Sentinel award on September 17, 2015 from the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial project. Elizabeth Crawford continues with her blogging in anticipation of “Suffragette” film from the UK. New Zealand suffrage petition with 24,000 names available online. Continuing coverage of Woodstock, NY town board resolution supporting 2017 and 2020 suffrage centennials that shares local women’s history with a broader audience (Women in Black). Book for young people about Silent Sentinels and the picketing of the White House. U.S. suffrage martyr Inez Milholland honored on National Voter Registration Day. Follow 2016 Inez Milholland centennial on Twitter. Suffrage Wagon Cooking School celebrates its first birthday. Fundraising for the proposed statue of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in Central Park continues. Susan B. Anthony Museum and House 2015-2016 lecture series announced.

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Suffrage Centennial News Notes during Women’s History Month

New York State Museum

The New York State Museum, Library and Archives has issued a call to the public to give input and suggestions concerning the upcoming state suffrage centennial in 2017. There’s also more interest than ever in the 2020 suffrage centennial when the nation’s women will have been voting for a century. The “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon in the collection of the New York State Museum will be exhibited in 2017 at the state museum in Albany, NY.

NYC Municipal Archives

An exhibit through June 2015 at New York City’s Municipal Archives is a preview of what’s being planned for the state’s suffrage centennial in 2017 when New York’s women will have been voting for 100 years. New York City government has staff working on the 2017 suffrage centennial. Projects in New York include fundraising for a statue in New York City’s Central Park to honor Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.


A message from Dr. Helen Pankhurst to American women voters is part of the upcoming four-day festival and celebration of the Suffrage Wagon Cafe opening on March 28. The festival runs through March 31, 2015. Dr. Pankhurst is the granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst and the great granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, important leaders of the suffrage movement in England. Interest in Emmeline Pankhurst is gathering steam because of the upcoming major motion picture from the U.K., “Suffragette,” expected to be released internationally in October 2015. Meryl Streep has been cast in the role of Emmeline Pankhurst.

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Bad news on January 12, 1915: “100 Years Ago” video, plus updates on NYC statue project, 1915 photo collection & other news notes

NEW VIDEO: “100 Years Ago” is a new feature on SuffrageCentennials.com

All during 2014 Montana carved out an ambitious path in order to celebrate its suffrage centennial. A recent feature highlights how married women couldn’t teach school in Montana 100 years ago and they used the electoral process to do something about it. Here’s Montana’s web feature atory about married women teachers 100 years ago.

100 years ago: Highlights of women’s rights on Vimeo.

UPDATE ON CENTRAL PARK STATUE PROJECT: There’s a new web site for the Central Park statue project featuring Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Check it out. What a grand idea. The paperwork is in the pipeline.

There’s a lot still to discover about the “Suffragette” film starring Meryl Streep and others that’s due for release in the fall of 2015. And we’ll continue to follow New York State’s official plans in terms of celebrating its 2017 state centennial suffrage celebration and the 2020 suffrage centennial nationwide.

A fascinating photo collection is up for auction and just in time for Pennsylvania’s centennial observance of its referendum in 1915. Pennsylvania women lost, as did their sisters in New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts that year. But the accomplishment laid a base for the eventual win. This collection features images of the the Equality Bell that toured Pennsylvania and other states in 1915. You’ll be hearing more about 2015 as an important suffrage centennial year on this web site.

SuffrageCentennials.com has two countdown clocks: One for the NYS suffrage centennial in 2017 and the other, a countdown clock for the national suffrage centennial in 2020. “Suffrage Centennial” isn’t a household reference at the moment, but public awareness is increasing day by day. That’s why we’re starting early. There’s a lot of catching up to do. And for this reason, SuffrageCentennials has a Facebook page, in addition to Twitter, email subscription and a quarterly newsletter. See links below.

RECENT NEWS: Women’s suffrage highlighted in 2015 NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo inaugural address. Meryl Streep gives interviews 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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New Yorkers move suffrage celebration plans forward for 2017

SuffrageCentennialsLOGONew York State has two national parks now in the Finger Lakes region, what many people refer to as the “Cradle” of the women’s rights movement in the United States. The news concerning recent Congressional approval and funding of the Harriet Tubman national park gives a huge boost to everyone interested in the upcoming New York State suffrage centennial celebration in 2017, as well as the national suffrage centennial in 2020.

New York City has made a huge leap already in terms of preparing for the state’s 2017 suffrage centennial. Tracy Penn Sweet is the program director for the Women’s Suffrage Centennial in New York City. Her job is to develop a five-year plan to prepare for the 2020 national suffrage centennial. There’s also planning activity in the Rochester, NY area, plus many busy activists in New York City, Long Island and around the state, as well as a 2017 statewide conference in the the final stages of organization. We’ll let you know as soon as the information is available.

Over the past year various historic coalitions and ad hoc citizen groups in New York State have been discussing the possibilities inherent in preparing for such important future observances. Special projects are in the early stages of discussion and organization and people are spreading the word enough to stir plenty of interest. The committee supporting the statue proposed for Central Park statue in NYC of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony just set up its web site. And there’s more to come from organizations large and small on the local, state, and national levels.

Will the State of New York weigh in on any of this? It’s hard to tell. The best possible case would include state funding, promotion and support services for upcoming suffrage centennials because of the economic development and tourism potential. There’s considerable support on the grassroots for early planning and preparation. Over the next few weeks we’ll follow up with more about national initiatives in support of the 2020 centennial observance of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. There’s activity on the national level in support of 2020, including plans to complete a national suffrage memorial in Lorton, Virginia, 2020 ceremonies in Philadelphia, support groups and special interest coalitions and communications that are visualizing what’s possible and then taking the next step. Stay tuned!

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Suffrage centennial archive highlights what’s happening and what’s to come!

You can’t say that you didn’t have time or an opportunity to plan a suffrage centennial event. SuffrageCentennials.com has been storing past articles in an archive for future reference. Check it out. You’ll be able to catch up with the news for 2014 that you may not have seen. Are you up to date on the proposed statue of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in NYC’s Central Park? How about Iceland’s 22015 suffrage centennial in 2015? The 2014 state centennial celebrations in Montana and Nevada? The national online discussion about the 2020 suffrage centennial, the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution? The first annual observance of the Night of Terror by Turning Point Suffragist Memorial. And much more. How about coverage of how Bernice Ende rode her horse on a long journey delivering the news of the suffrage movement to communities far and wide this past summer? Subscribe to SuffrageCentennials.com for news and updates. Send us news of your plans and events.

Moving forward on Central Park statue that features suffrage movement movers and shakers

November 12th marks the 199th anniversary of the birth of women’s rights leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton. In celebration, the Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund Inc. officially announces its campaign to create a statue in New York City’s Central Park honoring Stanton, Anthony and all those who fought for women’s right to vote. It will be the first statue in Central Park’s 160 year history built to honor real women. Pam Elam, President of the ECS and SBA Statue Fund, stated: “There are statues in Central Park of Alice in Wonderland, Mother Goose, Juliet (with Romeo), and numerous representations of the female form (like angels, nymphs and allegorical figures), but statues celebrating the vast and varied contributions of real women to this city, state, and nation are no where to be found.” Elam added: “We intend to break the bronze ceiling by honoring these women and their work for equality and justice.”

The statue fund sent a Letter of Intent, as required by NYC Parks Department guidelines when donating works of art, to the Mayor and Parks Department Commissioner in February. On September 19, 2014 representatives of the Statue Fund held its first meeting to discuss the proposal with representatives from the Parks Department and the Central Park Conservancy.

Coline Jenkins, Vice President of the Statue Fund and the great, great granddaughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, said that “… by honoring Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and those who fought for the vote, New York City will also be honoring the largest nonviolent civil rights revolution in the history of our nation.” The statue will hopefully be completed before or in time for the 2020 votes for women centennial when American women will have been voting for 100 years. In addition to honoring Stanton and Anthony, a list of the names of those whose work was crucial to the success of the struggle will be inscribed around the statue’s base.

Jenkins noted that important historical milestones regarding Stanton, Anthony, and the right to vote will be celebrated in the near future such as the 200th anniversary of the birth of Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 2015; the New York State Woman Suffrage Centennial in 2017; the national woman suffrage centennial in 2020; and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Susan B. Anthony in 2020. “By creating this statue, New York City paves the way for a nationwide celebration of the United States Constitution’s 19th Amendment,” Jenkins said.

The Central Park statue project has the support of the 15-member Women’s Caucus of the New York City Council and many prominent endorsers. If you’re interested in supporting the statue campaign, by volunteering or pledging, contact the Statue Fund at StantonandAnthonyStatueFund@gmail.com or ECS and SBA Statue Fund, Post Office Box 1500, Gracie Station, New York, NY 10028. A website is under construction and supporters are welcome to follow the Statue Fund on Facebook and Twitter.

NYC Central Park statue proposed: 2020 suffrage centennial is in mind

A call for support is circulating with the goal of creating a statue in NYC’s Central Park honoring Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and those who fought for woman’s suffrage.  There are no statues honoring real women in Central Park.  There are statues of Alice in Wonderland, Mother Goose, and Juliet (with Romeo), but no tributes to the real women who played significant roles in the shaping of the nation. Numerous representations of the female form (like angels, nymphs and allegorical figures) are part of the park landscape, but statues celebrating the vast and varied contributions of real women are nowhere to be found. By creating this statue honoring Stanton, Anthony and women who fought for the vote, New York City women’s advocates would like to position New  York in the center of the nationwide woman suffrage celebration spotlight in 2020. So the planning is underway now with the woman suffrage statue as an important step. With this statue, New  York’s women’s history will be accessible to the 40 million people who visit Central Park each year. Support is needed to rectify an injustice to women that has lasted for over 150 years. To respond to the call for support, visit the link that lays out all the details, including a long list of people who have already signed on to give their support.