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HAPPY THANKSGIVING IN 2018!
And when giving thanks for what you have, keep in mind what we do not have. American women do NOT have equal rights protections in the US Constitution. We’re aware that many people think this isn’t necessary, that equal rights are supposedly a bad idea. We’ve heard all their positions for years. But we’ll continue having to go issue by issue forever unless women have equal rights protections. More Americans than ever agree with this position.
AN INTERVIEW WITH DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN
Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin grew up in Rockville Centre, NY during the 1950s. An interview with her about her Long Island connections in 2013 gives a feeling of having been there. It’s worth watching. Goodwin’s memories and vintage photos open up a view of the island that is memorable and informing. “History is about storytelling,” Goodwin says, although she notes that some of the old stories aren’t true. She is partial toward Abraham Lincoln, very opinionated about Teddy Roosevelt, and was amazed about the film about Lincoln by Steven Spielberg. Actor Daniel Day Lewis did a terrific job, she said. She recommends a visit to Sagamore Hill, Teddy Roosevelt’s home on Long Island.
Let’s continue working for equal rights in the U.S. Constitution. Are we ready to accept that by 2023 U.S. women will have been working for this for 100 years?
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Get to know Inez Milholland, the U.S. suffrage martyr. Follow Suffrage Wagon News Channel with updates about the Spirit of 1776 wagon used for grassroots organizing by activist Edna Kearns and others during 1913. FYI: Wilmer and Edna Kearns of Rockville Centre, NY weren’t related to Doris Kearns Goodwin.
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.
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