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Wyoming celebrates 150 years of women voting!

On December 10, 1869, Wyoming territory passed the first law in United States history granting women the right to vote and hold public office – more than 50 years prior to the U.S. ratification of the 19th amendment. The State of Wyoming’s tourism office is focusing on this commemoration.

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If you aren’t planning with your organization for a 2020 observance of the 100 years of American women voting—you should be.

What will you do personally, in terms of advocacy, to honor the past 100 years of women voting in the United States? Put this on the top of your “to do” list to think about during 2019. And then on January 1, 2019, make a resolve as to what you plan to do about it.

We’re all caught up with end of the year activities. Start thinking now about 2020 during 2019—and then 2023 when women in the US will have been working 100 years for an Equal Rights Amendment in the Constitution. Make an end of the year donation NOW and support your priorities!


Enter the conversation. Send us your events and thoughts about planning for 2020.

The Minnesota Historical Society is working with its partner, the League of Women Voters, to celebrate 2020. Are you following the campaign to honor Inez Milholland, the U.S. suffrage martyr, from now to 2020?

Plan a trip to the New York State Museum that is putting the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon on exhibit during 2020 and part of the rotating permanent exhibit!

Support Turning Point Suffragist Memorial in opening its doors in 2020 to celebrate the national suffrage centennial!

Don’t forget the fundraising appeal for the restoration of the Farmington, NY Quaker Meeting House that sponsored many historic events. 

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LetsRockTheCradle.com is a public service for writers, editors, educators, bloggers, newsletter editors, and many others who are interested in spreading the word about the 2020 centennial celebration in the United States when women will have been voting for 100 years.


Advertise in the Gazette in 2019 for the national suffrage centennial!

Votes for Women news to prepare for 2020 suffrage centennial on Vimeo.


Consider advertising your event, celebration, etc. in the National Women’s History Project’s Gazette, “How Women Won the Votes.” It is chock full of information, resources, memorabilia, books, and much more.

SuffrageCentennials.com has been publishing since 2013. Visit Suffrage Wagon News Channel for news and views about the first wave of the women’s rights movement in the US. LetsRockTheCradle.com provides updates about action campaigns.


Keep Inez Milholland’s memory in the public domain. In 2016 Marguerite Kearns and Bob Cooney coordinated the centennial of Milholland’s death. Refresh your memory at InezMilhollandCentennial.com

Follow InezMilholland.wordpress.com, a site that has been publishing since 2016 for the 100 anniversary of Milholland’s death, a commemoration sponsored by the Women’s History Alliance, formerly the National Women’s History Project.

IN OTHER NEWS FOR 2020 CENTENNIAL: One of the many events and celebrations coming up over the holidays!

LetsRockTheCradle.com is a public service for media inquiries about the 2020 votes for women centennial.

SuffrageCentennials.com gives an overview of events and celebrations.


Blasts from the past—Long Island and its spies! PLUS suffrage centennial news!

TURN: Washington’s Spies shows Long Island in 1777 and Suffrage Wagon Cafe program shows what happened 100+ years later on Vimeo.


The TV special about George Washington’s spies in 2015 didn’t come and go without folks paying attention. There’s a connection between Long Island, the colonial spy network there, and the women’s suffrage movement. We also refer to the latter as the first wave of women’s rights activism in the nation.

An excellent article appeared on The New York History Blog (John Warren, editor) that gives more fascinating background on this part of our past. “Long Island’s Austin Roe: American Spy” by Michael DeBonis fills in more of the picture.


And it’s a woman, Rosalie Jones, a Long Island suffrage activist 100+ years later that demonstrates how the British occupation of New York City and Long Island still resonated with living memory of this past. The installation of a marker in the town of Huntington, NY in April 2018 is another reminder of this period of American history when the conflict over independence from England was still up in the air.

See article written by Huntington’s town historian, Robert Hughes.


Rosalie Jones was high profile first wave activist from Long Island.

Rosalie Jones: A high-profile Long Island Suffragist on Vimeo.


The incident involving Rosalie Jones, her mother Mary Jones, and Edna Kearns was commemorated in April of 2018 by the installation of a historic marker on the main street of Huntington, NY.

Unveiling of “Spirit of 1776” heritage road marker in Huntington, NY on Vimeo.


What did you plan for August 26th—Women’s Equality Day—this year? We’re supporting the building a base of support, in people’s homes and communities across the nation to make the date a federal holiday. There’s a growing audience to hear about opportunities to get together, share food, and passions. The National Women’s History Project has been working for over 40 years to write women into American history. This is part of the continuing effort. And making August 26th into a holiday is a priority of the National Women’s History Project, an organization now known as the National Women’s History Alliance.


The NWHP sponsored a centennial observance of the death of Inez Milholland in 1916. The centennial blog of this effort is still broadcasting the news. Stop by and say hello: InezMilholland.wordpress.com

And find out about the terrific 15-minute film, “Forward into Light,” that is perfect to view for your organization’s events for August 26th and all during 2020, an election year and centennial of US women voting. It’s a terrific introduction to the country’s suffrage martyr. Find out more at: InezMilholland.org


The New York State Museum in Albany, NY will exhibit the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon used by Edna Kearns (resident of Long Island and NYC) and others in organizing for women’s voting rights. Are you planning a trip in 2020? There’s a lot being planned NOW.


Here at Suffrage Centennials, we carry on. New York State is the “cradle” of the women’s rights movement in the United States. If you didn’t already visit the cradle in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, make plans for 2019 and 2020, the national suffrage centennial.

And visit our sister sites—Suffrage Wagon News Channel and LetsRockTheCradle.com

Get ready for 2020, the observance of 100 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution when the nation’s women will have been voting for 100 years.

Special message from Molly Murphy MacGregor with IMPT news!

The co-founder of the National Women’s History Project, Molly Murphy MacGregor, made an important announcement affirming two things—that the organization will be changing its name and that making August 26th a federal holiday is an important priority for the citizens of the United States. Here is her message:

My friends,

This is just the beginning of our effort to ensure that August 26. 2020 will be declared as a federal holiday,  Many have been waiting to contact their elective representatives until after the November election to begin their lobbying effort.  Still, others have already begun and are organizing events, celebrations, and demonstrations throughout the county.  Whatever you have decided to do, the National Women’s History Alliance, formerly known as the National Women’s History Project will be with you all the way.

In the past, this has been a slow time of the year for us, but that will probably never be true again.  With my retirement just 29 months ahead, we are in the depths of planning an extensive transition.

We have begun by changing our name to the National Women’s History Alliance which better explains our work and focus. We will emphasize and solidify our work as the national clearinghouse for multicultural women’s history.  The name change has become official, but our big announcement will be in January 2019 with the publication and distribution of the 2019 Women’s History Gazette.

It is our hope that you will be active in promoting women’s history and even in recruiting new Alliance members. One of the goals of the National Women’s History Alliance is to expand the celebrations of women’s history past March and into the rest of the year.  Until after the 2020 Centennial, we will be producing two Gazettes, the first will focus on the year’s theme and honorees (to be celebrated throughout the year) and the second will focus on the importance of the women’s full participation in our democracy.  We are excited about all our new plans and we could really use your help.

We are in the process of seeking new Board and Committee members.  If you would like to participate more closely in the array of activities and promotions we do, please let me know.  I would be happy to give you more information depending on your interest and the commitment you would like to make. Please email me at nwhp@nwhp.org.

I hope you will celebrate Women’s Equality Day now and in the future.  This is a link to some great ways to celebrate.  https://www.bustle.com/p/10-productive-ways-to-spend-womens-equality-day-2018-10193052

Sending lots of good wishes – Forward Together!

Molly Murphy MacGregor.


In 2016 the National Women’s History Project honored Inez Milholland with a year long observance of 100 years since her death.

Follow the Inez centennial blog.

Suffrage Centennials is gearing up for 2020, the centennial of American women voting. It’s also an election year.


JOIN THE WOMEN’S HISTORY ALLIANCE: Membership is free though the National Women’s History Project that is making it a priority to work toward making August 26th a federal holiday. Sign up at the NWHP store.

Use the NWHP Gazette to hand out at special events. Order at the NWHP store.


While you’re waiting for the stickers to come in, order an Inez Milholland button. These have been popular to hand out when showing the 15-minute film, “Forward into Light,” the feature video produced by Martha Wheelock and Wild West Women. Order the button through the NWHP online store. There’s also an Inez centennial poster and a book about Inez Milholland’s last campaign by Robert P.J. Cooney, Jr. Take note! And we’ll let you know when the Inez stickers are available.

InezMilholland.wordpress.com is the blog for the Inez centennial web site. 

August 26, 2020 is the focal point of the centennial of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution when American women will have been voting for 100 years. Have you started planning yet for a special program during 2020?

Visit our sister sites: Suffrage Wagon News Channel and LetsRockTheCradle.com

Rock the Cradle and plan for August 26th, Women’s Equality Day! Find out how…

NEWS UPDATES: The National Women’s History Museum is planning a traveling multi-media exhibit to showcase women’s achievements that will hopefully launch in August of 2019 and travel through August 2021 to celebrate the 2020 national suffrage centennial when American women will have been voting for 100 years. Watch for the “One Woman, One Vote” film festival to celebrate the 2020 suffrage centennial.

Let’s rock the cradle! How? Watch! on Vimeo.

Let’s make August 26th—Women’s Equality Day—a national holiday. The current issue of “How Women Won the Vote” is chock full of resources, information, updates and recommendations about the importance of planning for 2020, the national suffrage centennial in the US. It is published by the National Womens History Project.

SuffrageCentennials.com has been publishing since 2013.


Think about fresh produce & activism! Plus suffrage centennial news!

Women Voters: Remember that Food and Activism go together!  on Vimeo.

Suffrage movement cookbooks were an important way of combining food preparation with activism. Suffrage Wagon Cooking School has been featuring these cookbooks that are now in the public domain and available for us to read and experiment with today. Of course, a great deal has changed in terms of measuring ingredients. No more sprinkles of this and a handful of that.

IN SUFFRAGE NEWS: The National Women’s History Project is having its annual online auction to raise money. Get some great deals on books, memorabilia, and educational items. The Central Park women’s statue will be unveiled in New York City during 2020, the national suffrage centennial. Also, the New York State Museum will have a 2020 exhibit that includes the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon used by Edna Kearns in NYC and Long island in 1913 for grassroots organizing. Follow Suffrage Wagon News Channel for more information.

If you can, join The Extreme History Project for “Hazel Hunkins of Billings: Protesting at the White House, 1917-1919”, a lecture by Kevin Kooistra, Executive Director of the Western Heritage Center in Billings, on Thursday June 28 at 6 pm at the Museum of the Rockies (600 W. Kagy Blvd., Bozeman, MT).  This lecture is free and open to the public.

 Denied the opportunity to work in a local chemistry lab because of her gender, Billings native Hazel Hunkins promptly joined the national fight for women’s suffrage.  In his presentation, Kevin Koostra will share the story of this gritty woman who remained undeterred even after national resentment led to arrest and recrimination for Hunkins and her fellow protesters.

Suffrage CentennialsimagesFollow Suffrage Centennials on our Facebook page, Twitter, email subscription, and the Quarterly Newsletter. Sign up for email on this web page. Stay up to date with postings, audio podcasts, and videos. Plan for your suffrage centennial event. And start planning now for August 26th, Women’s Equality Day!

Call for nominations—National Women’s History Project

The National Women’s History Project Theme for 2019 is:Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence

This year the National Women’s History Project honors women who have led efforts to end war, violence, and injustice and pioneered the use of nonviolence to change society.  These Honorees embraced the fact that the means determine the ends and so developed nonviolent methods to insure just and peaceful results.

For generations, women have resolved conflicts in their homes, schools, and communities. They have rejected violence as counterproductive and stressed the need to restore respect, establish justice, and reduce the causes of conflict as the surest way to peace. From legal defense and public education to direct action and civil disobedience, women have expanded the American tradition of using inclusive, democratic and active means to reduce violence, achieve peace, and promote the common good.

From women’s rights and racial justice to disarmament and gun control, the drive for nonviolent change has been championed by visionary women. These women consciously built supportive, nonviolent alternatives and loving communities as well as advocating change. They have given voice to the unrepresented and hope to victims of violence and those who dream of a peaceful world. Contact the National Women’s History Project for more information. nwhpnominations@gmail.com by May 31, 2018.

Make sure you, your friends, schools and organizations are planning for 2020 when U.S. women will have been voting for 100 years. Visit the centennial blog for Inez Milholland, the U.S. suffrage martyr. The National Women’s History Project sponsored a year-long observance of the 100 years since Milholland’s death in 1916. Help remember Inez during 2020.

“Nevertheless they persisted”: NWHP theme for next year, plus suffrage centennial events!

Put Suffrage Centennial events & celebrations on your calendar! on Vimeo.

The National Women’s History Project has announced its theme for National Women’s History Month 2018: “NEVERTHELESS THEY PERSISTED: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.” The 2018 theme recognizes the intersecting forms of discrimination women have faced, and continue to face, throughout American history and celebrates the diverse women who have fought, and continue to fight, discrimination at all level and in all forms. Nominations should be emailed to nwhpnominations@gmail.com. Nomination will be accepted through May 20, 2017. Nomination form on the NWHP web site. The nominee’s contributions should be of national significance and her work should amount to more than a single act or accomplishment. Nominations of women from diverse backgrounds are encouraged. Nominations can be of both living and deceased women. For details, contact the NWHP.

IN OTHER NEWS: The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Commission will present a program on April 27th: “The Extraordinary Harriet Tubman: From Slavery to Freedom and Beyond” by Dr. Judith Wellman at the Niagara Falls Amtrak Station in collaboration with the Association for a Buffalo Presidential Center, the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women, and the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area. The Trailblazing Women Speaker Series celebrates the centennial year of women’s suffrage in New York State.

May 4 to 7, 2017 is the Spring Writers Literary Festival in Ithaca, NY, a four-day festival the first weekend in May hosted by the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County. Erica S. Brath Jennifer Cremerius, Rachel Dickinson, Barbara Mink, Liz Thompson, and hosts Stacey Murphy and Nora Snyder will present material from an anthology of writing related to women’s suffrage to be released in summer 2017. The anthology is a project of the Writers’ Block Party.

June 7, 2017 is the date for the New York Cultural Heritage Tourism Network’s spring conference “Developing Strategic Organizational Sustainability” at Colgate University from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The program is designed for organizations, businesses and private sector interests to become active participants in their communities through regional economic development.

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Inez Milholland is a focus as New York State hits the ground running for its 2017 suffrage centennial!

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New York State is celebrating its 2017 suffrage centennial! on Vimeo.

A New Yorker has taken center stage as New York State hits the ground running in 2017 for its year-long suffrage centennial. Canada had its national suffrage centennial in 2016. Another year-long campaign is still ongoing to support President Obama in awarding a presidential citizens medal to Inez Milholland (1886-1916) before he leaves office.

New York State residents have been speaking up. Recent media of note includes:

(1.) WAMC coverage by reporter Allison Dunne about the citizens medal nomination and the New York State angle. Link to “Petition Supports NY Suffragist for Presidential Citizens Medal.

(2.) An opinion piece by John Tepper Marlin, family relative of Milholland. Link to “A Suffrage Warrior.”

(3.) Point of view by author Sandra Weber stressing Milholland’s inspiration for us today. Link to Inez Milholland. There’s “There’s inspiration in Inez Milholland.”

There is increased support for the Inez citizens medal as 2017 opens the door for New York State to celebrate its suffrage centennial. New York State women won the right to vote in 1917. When they did, the large numbers of new voters from New York tipped the balance in the direction of women voting nationwide. However, it took considerable focus and determination to achieve the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It took several generations of women numbering in the tens of thousands.

A medal for Inez goes beyond honoring honoring her as an individual. She was a catalyst and one of many who devoted their lives to win this essential human and civil right. A citizens medal for Inez will bring awareness to the long hard struggle. Support President Obama in awarding a presidential medal before he leaves office. A medal will be exhibited and travel around the nation for exhibition. A medal will symbolize the connection between the past, present, and future. A medal is long overdue.

For more information: InezMilhollandCentennial.com, nwhp.orgInezMilholland.org, RememberingInez.com, SuffrageWagon.org, SuffrageCentennials.com.

The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association supports the citizens medal as well as the importance of shedding light on the broad coalition of American women it took to win voting rights at the turn of the 20th century. It is an inspiring story. The Inez Milholland Centennial work is a special campaign of the National Women’s History Project. Martha Wheelock, filmmaker, has made tremendous leaps spreading Inez Milholland’s story by way of a 15-minute documentary on Inez, her life and times. A free DVD is available through InezMilholland.org

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