When someone says, “Lets Rock The Cradle,” they are also saying—”Let’s get these suffrage centennials underway.” This is a boost for suffrage centennial fans.
Stop in at LetsRockTheCradle.com and stay a while. LetsRockTheCradle started as a blogging tour of the “cradle” of the women’s rights movement in the US. The “cradle” is located in the Finger Lakes district of New York State.
Follow the exhibition news of the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon used by first wave activist Edna Kearns and others during 1913. The iconic wagon is in the collection of the New York State Musuem in Albany, NY.
The observance of suffrage centennials isn’t an obsession of only women. The first wave of the women’s rights movement in the United States wasn’t a monolithic effort conducted by one type of individual or organization. It was a loose coalition of the entire spectrum of activists—and this caused all sorts of challenges in addition to embarrassing moments when a vertical point of view collided with a horizontal social perspective. The movement depended on a highly sophisticated collaboration with men and organizing in many communities across the nation.
For most of the 20th century following the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, the stories of the first wave were forgotten. Now they are coming out of the mist and examined. It’s a fascinating process. The nation, states, and local communities are planning special events and commemorations for 2020.
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.