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NEWS about federal women’s suffrage commission! Plus grant for National Women’s Hall of Fame…


We’ve been advocating for celebrating the 100th anniversary of women voting in 2020 since we took a blogging tour of the “Cradle” of the women’s rights movement in the US. The number of planned events for 2020 and the 100th anniversary of womens’ right to vote will make a leap on December 7, 2018 with a meeting in Washington, DC. at the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, 144 Constitution Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002; in the Allender Gallery on the 2nd floor.

For more information, contact Kim Oliver, Designated Federal Officer, Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, 1849 C Street, NW, Room 7313, Washington, DC 20240; phone: (202) 912-7510; fax: (202) 219-2100; email: kmoliver@blm.gov.


The US Congress passed legislation to create the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission Act, a bill, “to ensure a suitable observance of the centennial of the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States providing for women’s suffrage.”

The duties of the Commission, as written in the law, include: (1) To encourage, plan, develop, and execute programs, projects, and activities to commemorate the centennial of the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment; (2) To encourage private organizations and State and local Governments to organize and participate in activities commemorating the centennial of the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment; (3) To facilitate and coordinate activities throughout the United States relating to the centennial of the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment; (4) To serve as a clearinghouse for the collection and dissemination of information about events and plans for the centennial of the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment; and (5) To develop recommendations for Congress and the President for commemorating the centennial of the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment.


Sandra Weber will present a program about Inez Milholland at the Susan B. Anthony Museum & House in Rochester, New York on December 3, 2018. It is part of the museum and house lecture series in its 16th year. Milholland is the US suffrage martyr.

The National Women’s Hall of Fame is celebrating 50 years in operation in Seneca Falls, NY. Their good news has to do with reaching the level of funding desired so the organization can move to the historic Seneca knitting mill, an 1844 landmark.


On Christmas day in 1916, women from all over the nation gathered in Washington, DC for a memorial service honoring Inez Milholland. They called her their suffrage martyr. Doris Stevens in her 1920 book, “Jailed for Freedom,” honored Inez in this selection from her book published by Librivox and edited by Suffrage Wagon News Channel.

In 2016, the National Women’s History Project honored Inez in a year-long observance chaired by Marguerite Kearns and Robert P.J. Cooney Jr. Martha Wheelock and Wild West Women produced a 15-minute film distributed to thousands of individuals, organizations, and schools throughout the nation. Suffrage Centennials was a partner in this centennial observance.


Visit InezMilholland.wordpress.com for updates about Inez Milholland and the 2020 centennial observance of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution.

We are supporting all efforts to remember Inez during 2020, the nation’s suffrage centennial when American women will have been voting for 100 years.

suffragecentennials.com works hand in hand with LetsRockTheCradle.com, a public service working with communicators spreading the word about the 2020 centennial for women’s voting rights.


Refer writers and editors, bloggers, communicators, educators, and others to the Cradle site so that the women’s suffrage centennial gets the coverage it needs. It’s the 100th anniversary of women voting in 2020 with the celebrations of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution that commemorates the anniversary of women’s right to vote.

Bringing Hattie Redmond and Inez Milholland out in the open!


One bulletin from Suffrage Wagon News Channel focuses on the continuing effort to bring Inez Milholland, the US suffrage martyr, to public attention. Over one hundred years have passed since her death, a turning point in the struggle of American women to win the right to vote.

The National Women’s History Project set aside 2016 to acknowledge the sacrifice of Inez Milholland. Marguerite Kearns and Robert P.J. Cooney coordinated the effort. InezMilhollandCentennial.com  And the centennial blog honoring Inez MIlholland continues publishing. Check it out.


Also: Twitter.com/SuffrageMartyr


Oregon’s statewide commemoration of women gaining access to the vote in 2012 has many highlights, and one of them is the uncovering of the history of black suffragist Harriet “Hattie” Redmond. She was intimately involved in the campaign of 1912 by holding rallies and hosting speakers at her church, serving on the central planning committee, and registering to vote in early 1913 after Oregon’s constitution was amended. Recently Oregon State University announced that one of their buildings is being renamed the  Hattie Redmond Women and Gender Center. This is part of an effort to rename campus buildings associated with slave owners and supporters of slavery at OSU.

More interest than ever is being generated by the upcoming 2020 national suffrage centennial with the centennial observance of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution. The UK is celebrating its 100th year of women voting during 2018.


Follow: SuffrageCentennials.com for news and views. Celebrate women’s history on Labor Day. The amount of effort and strenuous work put into the first wave of the women’s rights movement is being recognized, finally!

It has been a great year for the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon!

The “Spirit of 1776” at Long Beach,NY on July 4, 1913.

What a splendid year it has been for the “Spirit of 1776″suffrage campaign wagon used by Edna Kearns in New York City and on Long Island. The wagon was exhibited at the New York State Capitol in March 2017 and then it moved over to the lobby at the New York State Museum. The “Votes for Women” exhibition was up from November 2017 to May 2018. And the wagon was in the museum lobby greeting visitors from the state and around the world. What a terrific two years. Great job, New York State!

Stay tuned for new developments at Suffrage Wagon News Channel.

Keep current with Inez Milholland’s centennial blog. InezMilholland.wordpress.com

Meanwhile, Suffrage Centennials keeps plodding along.

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All the suffrage news that fits, we publish. And Suffrage Wagon News Channel is a source beyond all sources. The wagon’s associated press is there on the scene when there are developments on the suffrage centennial front. It’s getting more intense as 2020 approaches. That’s when American women will have been voting for 100 years.

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Suffrage Wagon News Channel is behind the scenes with our collective ears to the ground to bring you suffrage centennial news. Now and forever, as long as it takes.

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Alice Paul tea program to be presented in Sarasota, Florida after premier in California!

The Next Performance of Tea with Alice and Me: Black Box Theater ~ Sarasota, Florida is scheduled for Friday, May 11, 2018, Performance at 5 p.m. Sponsored by the New College of Sarasota, Florida’s Gender Studies program. This event is free. Introduce Alice’s tea to your city, organization, school or club. Contact: Wild West Women, Inc., Martha Wheelock, Producer at (800) 428-7136 or martha@wildwestwomen.org

Wild West Women is the proud producer of “Tea with Alice and Me,” a full-length one-woman performance that takes the audience to women’s tearooms ~ Seneca, Selfridges, The National Women’s Party, Women’s Bookstores. Of course it is really about a cup of revolution served up in nonviolent direct action. From 1775 through today, Zoe Nicholson takes you on her militant, revolutionary, feminist call to action. Hundreds of pictures and personal stories transport the audience to each time and place she describes.

SuffrageCentennials.com has been publishing for five years to bring you the news and views of suffrage centennial events and celebrations across the United States. Marguerite Kearns is editor. Follow by signing up when we share new posts.

Suffrage Wagon News Channel (SuffrageWagon.org) is a sister site to Suffrage Centennials. SWNC has been publishing since 2009.

Suffragist Vigil 2017

Suffragist Vigil 2017

The Women’s March is scheduled for January 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Find out about the details.

A vigil directly inspired by the U.S. women’s suffrage movement is scheduled for late January, from Sunday, January 29, 2017 through Saturday, February 4, 2017, EST at the United States Congress, the Supreme Court, and the White House in Washington, DC.

In the tradition of the suffrage movement, the Suffragist Vigil will be a week of a silent sentinels to highlight the ERA (he Equal Rights Amendment) and other burning issues. Participants will be stationed at the Capitol, the Supreme Court, and the White House. Spread the word that you follow SuffrageCentennials.com

IN OTHER NEWS: Check with the InezMilhollandCentennial.com web site for updates about the pending nomination of Milholland for a presidential citizens medal.

The Suffrage Wagon Cafe has been posting programs about our national suffrage martyr, Inez Milholland.

Suffrage CentennialsimagesFollow SuffrageCentennials.com on 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 don’t forget to pass on women’s suffrage storytelling to the next generation. Suffrage Centennial videos on Vimeo.

VIDEOS: “10 Days in a Madhouse,” new film release about reporter Nellie Bly

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10 Days in a Madhouse Trailer from TriCoast Studios on Vimeo.

A Nellie Bly special: Trade Cards from the collection of Kenneth Florey on Vimeo.

The film, “10 Days in a Madhouse,” opens in theaters across the U.S. soon. It’s a staggered release so don’t give up if it’s not playing right away in your town or city. Be patient. It’s worth the wait. And our video features vintage Nellie Bly trade cards from the collection of author Kenneth Florey. It’s a reminder of how reporter Nellie Bly was well known in her day. Ken is the author of American Woman Suffrage Postcards from McFarland Press (2015). He specializes in women’s suffrage memorabilia, and his books are worth ordering to make them part of your reference library.


Come January 2016 with the upcoming Academy Awards, the film “10 Days in a Madhouse” is likely to be talked about as a U.S. film with teaching and learning potential because of the period subject matter and a more than 90% women’s cast. The film that’s directed by Timothy Hines and produced by Susan Goforth brings to a wide audience the story of investigative reporter Nellie Bly. The cast includes Caroline Barry, Christopher Lambert, Kelly LeBrock, Julia Chantrey and others (Pendragon Pictures).

In this production, Nellie Bly goes undercover in 1887 to report on conditions at Blackwell’s Island, a mental institution. Her expose created waves all over the nation. And Nellie Bly opened the doors wide for women in journalism before the turn of the 20th century. We love Nellie Bly because of her women’s rights activism and her journalistic coverage of the suffrage movement that included a remarkable interview with Susan B. Anthony, her feature articles on suffrage conventions, as well as the 1913 suffrage parade in Washington, DC.


In an exclusive interview, producer Susan Goforth and director Timothy Hines had this to say about Nellie Bly and the making of the film, “10 Days in a Madhouse”:

Producer Susan Goforth: “The way Nellie Bly handled her newspaper assignments became a journey of her soul. She handled her subject matter with grace, openness, and accessibility while always wanting to tell the truth to the people.”

“Nellie Bly lived in a time when only 2% of the journalism jobs were held by women… She opened the door for all women to be taken seriously as reporters.”

Director Timothy Hines: “I owe this film to my mother who was born in 1917. I was the youngest of ten and I grew up hearing the tales of Nellie Bly from my mother. I’ve always been fascinated by Nellie’s writings. When my mother passed in 2008, this crystalized for me the things that are important in my life. I intend to devote the rest of my life to films about women’s rights and minority rights…”

“If Nellie Bly had been a man, there would be statues of her. She would be included in history lessons instead of being relegated to children’s books for girls alone.”

Librivox of Nellie BlyTEACHING RESOURCES: Librivox has “10 Days in a Madhouse” in audio. It’s free. A shorter selection is available, edited by Suffrage Wagon News Channel.

Suffrage CentennialsimagesFollow SuffrageCentennials.com on 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 don’t forget to pass on women’s suffrage storytelling to the next generation. Suffrage Centennial videos on Vimeo.

Thinking about travel to Seneca Falls, NY: Listen to audio podcast, “Trouble Brewing in Seneca Falls”

Convention Days in Seneca Falls, NYWhat's to see in Seneca Falls, NY

July is the month to celebrate the 1848 Women’s Convention in Seneca Falls, New York. And if you’re planning to visit Seneca Falls, NY for the annual three-day celebration, note the dates. July 17, 18, and 19, 2015. Consult the Convention Days web site for the daily schedule. And then start by listening to the short podcasts from Elizabeth Cady Stanton reporting from her early days living in Seneca Falls, NY up to the point of the July 1848 convention and after.

And now the entire audio series of “Trouble Brewing in Seneca Falls.” Podcast #1. Podcast #2. Podcast #3. Podcast #4. Podcast #5. Podcast #6. Podcast #7. Audio by Librivox. Production by Suffage Wagon News Channel. The June program of Suffrage Wagon Cafe featured visiting Seneca Falls, NY with videos, audio, and recommendations for travelers. Take note of the special report on the 1848 Seneca Falls convention on SuffrageCentennials.com  Visit our TRAVEL link with travel notes and recommendations.

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NEWS BREAK: The proposed Harriet Tubman national park might fit on Santa’s sleigh this year!

News Break for Suffrage CentennialsVIDEO: You’ve come to the right place to get the video update about how the U.S. Congress has a good chance of passing the proposed legislation creating and funding a Harriet Tubman National Park. The Tubman park and the national women’s history museum are tacked onto a defense authorization bill that has a lot of other projects that would probably otherwise not pass Congress. Sad that worthy projects can’t be addressed on their own merit. This leaves the “Votes for Women” trail in upstate New York hanging. Here’s hoping the park will be up and ready for the New York State suffrage centennial in 2017 and the national suffrage centennial in 2020. Follow SuffrageCentennials.com

November 15th is the “Night of Terror” and first annual observance

The “Night of Terror” is one of the most sensational events of the suffrage movement in the United States. It’s featured in the HBO movie “Iron Jawed Angels” as one of the consequences of the National Woman’s Party picketing the White House in 1917. The “why” of the picketing isn’t as sensational as the “Night of Terror” itself. In essence, the picketing by the NWP was a last-ditch attempt in the minds of Alice Paul and associates that they needed to play hard ball with U.S. President Woodrow Wilson and his administration. Women in the larger movement didn’t all agree that it was a good idea. However, in retrospect the picketing became a “turning point” in the long and difficult campaign to gain voting rights. November 14-15, 1917 are the dates when the “Night of Terror” is observed. And 2014 is the first annual observance when Turning Point Suffragist Memorial and Suffrage Wagon News Channel collaborated to raise awareness of this pivotal event. Part of the observance included audio podcasts from Doris Stevens’ “Jailed for Freedom” 1920 book, an audio feature of Librivox. Follow the suffragist memorial project that will hopefully be funded and built by the time of the 2020 votes for women centennial in the United States. Subscribe to SuffrageCentennials.com by email or Twitter.