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Wishing Well for Suffrage CentennialsWish List for 2015

Do you remember back in December 2014 when we announced our wish for a funded New York State 2017 suffrage centennial planning commission? Wish List Link.

The commission is one step closer to creation in the New York State Legislature. But the help of New York’s voters is needed to make it a reality. Advocates of such a funded planning commission are busy lining up their representatives and asking them to sign onto the bill as sponsors. And the appropriations part of the legislation won’t be a walk in the park. It will require monitoring the bill’s progress and making your views known, that is, if you live in New York State.

The bill sponsored by Democratic Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther and Republican State Senator Betty Little will, if passed by both chambers, create a thirteen-person commission consisting of appointees to coordinate the state’s commemorations. The commission could be funded by $2 million in state funds.

VIDEO: For the past two years people on the ground have appealed to Santa and Mrs. Claus for their help in getting the U.S. Congress to reauthorize the “Votes for Women” trail, also known as the National Women’s Rights History Project Act, legislation faithfully sponsored and supported by U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter.

There’s movement in the hallowed chambers in Washington, DC where this proposed legislation has been stalled. Added to the bill’s support are four cosponsors who include Katko, R-Camillus, and U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, an Albany-area Democrat. U.S. Reps. Richard Hanna and Tom Reed, both Republicans, support the measure. Some supporters cite the potential impact of economic development and cultural heritage tourism on the region, also known as the “Cradle” of the women’s rights movement in the United States. VIDEO: About the resources and potential of cultural heritage tourism in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.

AND NOW BACK TO THE SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL WISH LIST FOR 2015:

Our wishes for 2015 at the start of the year included a national suffragist memorial outside of Washington, DC and a statue of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in New York City’s Central Park. These two wishes are linked to the 2020 suffrage centennial, and it isn’t a slam dunk. Serious fundraising is underway for both projects. Show your support by following Turning Point Suffragist Memorial (VIDEO)and the Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund. Web site. Dig into your pockets to give. Show support in other ways such as liking their Facebook pages.

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The big birthday bash and other Suffrage Centennial news notes!

Centennial News Notes

People are gearing up to celebrate the big one, the 2020 national suffrage centennial when American women will have been voting for 100 years. New York City will celebrate Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s 200th birthday on Thursday, November 12, 2015 with an artistic interpretation of the Declaration of Sentiments by feminists, activists, and artists at the Historic Great Hall at Cooper Union in New York City. More details to be announced.

The National Park Service will mark the 100th anniversary of its founding in 2016, and the National Historic Preservation Act will have been in effect for 50 years. These two landmark moments come just two years after the National Museum of American History quietly marked its own 50th anniversary in 2014. A Working Group at the National Council on Public History 2015 Annual Meeting in Nashville will serve as a collaborative forum for planning a scholarly symposium to mark these important events. The symposium will take place in March 2016 during the NCPH Annual Meeting in Baltimore.

IN OTHER NEWS: The year 2016 is the centennial observance of the death of U.S. women’s suffrage martyr Inez Milholland. Canada will hold suffrage centennial observances in 2016. And if a woman candidate runs for the U.S. presidency, the story of how women won the vote will the focus of considerable interest. The film from the U.K., “Suffragette,” will be distributed internationally in October 2015. And the film, “10 Days in a Madhouse,” is anticipated to be released in late September 2015. This film is based on the investigative reporting of Nellie Bly that resulted in dramatic reforms in public mental institutions.

A legislative proposal is circulating in New York State to officially name a planning commission for the state’s upcoming 2017 suffrage centennial. Whether or not there’s an appropriation from the state legislature remains an open question. And 2015 is the centennial observance of four states that put the issue of women’s suffrage to the voters in 1915: New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. While these initiatives failed, the women’s suffrage movement gained considerable support that contributed to later victories.

Fundraising continues for projects such as the proposed Stanton/Anthony statue in New York City’s Central Park and the national Turning Point Suffragist Memorial in Lorton, VA.

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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.

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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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“Suffragette” film special photo, plus Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s 200th birthday bash!

VIDEO: Big birthday bash planned for the 200th birthday of Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 2015 on Vimeo.

It’s International Women’s Day, and for this special occasion the stars of the “Suffragette” film from the UK took advantage of the occasion to release a photo with them posing with suffrage descendants Helen Pankhurst and Laura Pankhurst, the great and great-great granddaughters respectively of Emmeline Pankhurst. Meryl Streep will play Mrs. Pankhurst in this major motion picture due for release in September 2015.

The UK may be head and shoulders ahead of the United States in terms of public awareness about the suffrage movement. But on the American shores the momentum is picking up. This is clear in the plans underway to celebrate the 200th birthday of Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 2015. Although all the details have yet to be announced, there’s plenty already in the public domain. The Elizabeth Cady Stanton Hometown Association in Johnstown, NY, for example, has a busy schedule of special events during 2015. And the Women’s Rights National Historic Park in Seneca Falls, NY has rolled out the red carpet during March 2015, Women’s History Month. All of these events and celebrations are laying a rich and textured base for upcoming suffrage centennials on the local and state levels during the time leading up to the 2020 suffrage centennial.

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Excellent web educational module released about suffrage movement by Newseum and AAUW

New educational suffrage module

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Newseum in Washington, DC made a major contribution last week with the launching of an educational module for the suffrage movement geared to educators and educational institutions. It’s also more than that. For the AAUW, the suffrage history module is part of a “Program in a Box” project possibility for AAUW members who are encouraged to reach out to educators and community media. Registered users of the Newseum web site can also access lesson plans, graphics, photos and primary documents. This extensive educational outreach is likely to strengthen the audience of interest for suffrage centennial celebrations nationwide, now and in the future.

SuffrageCentennials.com is supportive of parties, events and celebrations, large and small planned for fun and remembering the long and difficult struggle for women to win the vote in the United States and around the world.

PERFORMANCES TO CONSIDER WHEN PLANNING SUFFRAGE EVENTS AND CELEBRATIONS

Safiya Bandele is turning heads and packing in the audiences for her program on Ida B. Wells, “Warrior for Justice.” See the Facebook page for more information And there are other possibilities to consider, such as the Elizabeth Cady Stanton performance with Sally Roesch Wagner during Stanton’s 200th birthday celebration in 2015. Magic and the suffrage movement go together in this program idea. Bernice Ende offers suffrage slide show. “The Yellow Wallpaper” theatrical presentation continues. “What’s a suffrage centennial without a pot of tea?” Check in with Suffrage Wagon Cooking School. Find out how to follow Suffrage Centennials.

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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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Women’s suffrage highlighted in Andrew Cuomo inaugural address on New Year’s Day

It was a bittersweet moment in New York history on New Year’s Day with the second-term inauguration of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the death of his father, Mario M. Cuomo, three-term governor of New York on the same day. Cuomo’s highlighting of the woman’s suffrage movement in his inaugural address is a good sign as far as the State of New York coming to terms with its upcoming 2017 suffrage centennial. And the NYS Governor reinforced a mindset that hopefully will be repeated in the weeks and months to come and result in action.

From Andrew Cuomo’s inaugural speech:

“… When they were talking about a dream of women’s rights and women’s suffrage, where did they go? They went to New York. And Elizabeth Cady Stanton said, ‘Yes, we can do this,’ and it is the New York women who came together and organized and got women the right to vote. When they stood up and said in the ’60s, gays deserve equal rights, it was us, at Stonewall, who stood up and said, ‘That’s right, gay people deserve equal rights.’ New York was there first. When a big state had to pass marriage equality because we were discriminating against gay people, and not letting them marry was just another source of discrimination, and you needed a big state to stand up and pass it — and it was hard — it was New York that passed marriage equality. And it resonated all across the country.”

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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.

Happy birthday on November 12th to Elizabeth Cady Stanton!

 

Video that wishes Elizabeth Cady Stanton a happy birthday. Recent news: The Central Park statue project is moving forward to put Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony in a permanent spot in New York City, a goal hopefully in time for the 2020 suffrage centennial in the United States. Also, a 2015 traveling performance about Stanton with Sally Rosche Wagner during the year of her 200th birthday. Follow on SuffrageCentennials.com