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Women’s History Month gifts and celebrations lead up to 2020 suffrage centennial!

Across the nation special community and school events are planned during Women’s History Month. Classroom teachers have been scheduling learning opportunities. Special posters, balloons, books, and party favors are available through web sites at historic sites and organizational gift shops.

Zoe Nicholson, for example, is busy during March of 2019 presenting programs about suffrage activist Alice Paul. Check out Zoe’s web site at missalicepaul.com

For example, some of Zoe’s programming…

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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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Long-awaited book with six-figure advance about English suffragette, Princess Sophia, published by Bloomsbury!

The UK is far ahead of the United States in terms of showering attention on the suffrage movement. And with a new book, Sophia, published by Bloomsbury and written by Anita Anand, 2015 will be a noteworthy year as far as reinforcing the UK’s trailblazing performance. Controversial suffrage activist Princess Sophia Duleep Singh, the subject of the Sophia biography, not only had American suffrage movement associations, but her connections to the English royalty made her stand out among her contemporaries.

The 2012 centennial observance of the death of English women’s suffrage martyr Emily Davison set a pace of public awareness of the suffrage movement that hasn’t stopped since 2012. And the much-anticipated fall 2015 release of the UK feature film “Suffragette” only adds to the buzz. The “Suffragette” feature film is directed by Saran Gavron, written by Abi Morgan. It has an exciting cast including Meryl Streep who plays English suffrage matriarch and activist Emmeline Pankhurst.

The Bloombury advance publicity describes the story this way: “In 1876 Sophia Duleep Singh was born into royalty. Her father, Maharajah Duleep Singh, was heir to the Kingdom of the Sikhs, a realm that stretched from the lush Kashmir Valley to the craggy foothills of the Khyber Pass and included the mighty cities of Lahore and Peshawar. It was a territory irresistible to the British, who plundered everything, including the fabled Koh-I-Noor diamond.

“Exiled to England, the dispossessed Maharajah transformed his estate at Elveden in Suffolk into a Moghul palace, its grounds stocked with leopards, monkeys and exotic birds. Sophia, god-daughter of Queen Victoria, was raised a genteel aristocratic Englishwoman: presented at court, afforded grace-and-favour lodgings at Hampton Court Palace and photographed wearing the latest fashions for the society pages. But when, in secret defiance of the British government, she travelled to India, she returned a revolutionary.”  For more.

Bloomsbury acquired the book in 2012 and paid a well-publicized six-figure advance to Anita Anand, a well-known British broadcast journalist. It’s expected that the book will elicit considerable interest in the UK, the US, Australia, and India.

OTHER RECENT NEWS: UK novelist lists top ten books about suffragettes and the English suffrage movement in newspaper column. Check it out and enjoy. 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 release date of September 2015 for “Suffragette” film from the UK as Meryl Streep gives interviews!

Fall 2015 release date announced for “Suffragette” film from the UK  on Vimeo.

Though it had initially been scheduled for release in January 2015, the production team for “Suffragette” (the film from the UK), has revised its expected release to September 2015, according to Pathe, the film’s publicists. Meryl Streep’s recent interviews will prepare the public for the production that is predicted to make a splash during 2015. Streep plays Emmeline Pankhurst in the film that’s directed by Sarah Gavron and written by Abi Morgan. Streep told reporters that she is “shocked” about how the suffrage movement is neglected by the mainstream media. And she pointed out how in its day the suffrage movement was so threatening that the English authorities responded to movement activists as if they were terrorists.

“Girls, we’ve been waiting for this,” Streep told USA Today. She made the analogy between 1910 in England to today by noting that the Brits developed surveillance techniques to spy on the suffragettes, as many called themselves in England. “Suffragette” is the first film to be shot in the Houses of Parliament in London. By playing the part of suffrage activist Emmeline Pankhurst, Meryl Streep is expected to bring this remarkable period of votes for women history to the attention of the mainstream public in the time leading up to the 2017 suffrage centennial in New York State, as well as the U.S. 2020 suffrage centennial.

The “Suffragette” film is expected to be a boost for those who are promoting suffrage-related projects and programs. “Suffragette” is on a IMDb list of films that are serious contenders to be nominated for “Best Picture” in 2015. Whatever accolades the production receives, the spinoff effects are likely to be profoundly felt by those attempting to bring attention to the suffrage movement in the United States.

The ties between activists in both countries were strong and included key activists from both nations. Individuals such as Lucy Burns, Alice Paul, Harriot Stanton Blatch, Elisabeth Freeman and others were trained in the English suffrage movement, an experience that influenced tactics and strategies on this side of the Atlantic Ocean.

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