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A suffrage postal stamp? Convention Days in July? And suffrage news from the US and UK!

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Amnesty International has published a “Suffragette Spirit Map” as part of the 2018 suffrage commemoration in the United Kingdom. The organization noted in a release: “The incredible work of the suffragettes – ordinary women who stopped at nothing to get their voices heard – paved the way for a century of women’s rights work in the UK. The suffragette spirit is alive and well in the UK today. Women across the UK are still fighting for their rights. ”


The likelihood of suffrage centennial stamps being distributed is up in the air. Several organizations and interested individuals are asking about their prior letters to the US Postal Service recommending Inez Milholland and other high-profile Votes for Women activists. But it isn’t certain if these suggestions were received or if they will  be acted on during 2020. If you have a minute, send a letter of inquiry to: Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 3300, Washington, DC 20260-3501, and consult their website. The Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee is appointed by the Postmaster General.


The National Woman’s Party’s suffrage headquarters at 144 Constitution Ave NE In Washington, DC is operating as part of the National Park Service (now the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument). Its programs are noteworthy. On Tuesday, July 17, 2018 there’s an Equality Salon from 6-8 p.m. entitled “Women’s Equality in the Age of #MeToo.” On Thursday, July 26, 2018 there will be a centennial book talk with Rebecca Roberts about her new published work, “Suffragists In Washington,DC: The 1913 Parade and the Fight for the Vote” at the East City Bookshop in Washington, DC.


The deadline is July 15, 2018 to give to the Alice Paul Institute’s matching funds campaign to raise money for its ongoing campaign. Donors have contributed $8,000 of the goal of $10,000 that can sustain the current level of leadership programs. It can take 40 girls to participate in the International Day of the Girl at the United Nations. It can take 10 girls to the National Young Feminist Leadership Conference in DC in March 2019. It can offer 3 weeks of dynamic leadership programs for middle and high school students. With $20,000 those goals can be doubled. Visit the Alice Paul Institute: AlicePaul.org

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

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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.

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New release date of September 2015 for “Suffragette” film from the UK as Meryl Streep gives interviews!

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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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Does Andrew Cuomo choice of Kathy Hochul for lt. gov. on ticket raise hopes for 2017 suffrage centennial?

The question of improved chances for New York State celebrating its 2017 suffrage centennial was raised recently with the nomination of Kathy Hochul who has a spot as Lieutenant Governor for Andrew Cuomo’s reelection ticket. Of course NYS voters still must decide in November 2014, but there’s a possibility with Hochul’s focus on upstate economic development and tourism. Keep a sharp look at the prospects. If you’re a New Yorker, ask the hard question about 2017 of both candidates on the campaign trail.

While you’re at it, why fret over how you and your organization will celebrate an upcoming suffrage centennial? Start now before the rush and consider all options. Suff buffs in the UK are smack in the middle of production on a suffrage movement major motion picture to be released in January 2015. This will push the topic of the suffrage movement far out into the public domain. By comparison, suff sit-com “Up the Women” in the UK has been pleasing audiences over the past year. And what about your local community –your friends and associates who are itching to get started with the 2017 planning in NYS and everyone else who can put the national 2020 suffrage centennial on their “to do” list. Check out the Bloomsbury book on suffrage plays.

A theatrical production, “The Stone that Started the Ripple,” is a fascinating angle on the suffrage movement, as evidenced by the recent production by Patricia A. Nugent that features a modern-day reunion of suffrage activists: Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojoufrner Turth and Lucretia Mott. It would be an excellent candidate for any upcoming centennial celebration. The one-act play has been performed to sold-out audiences on four occasions. The appeal, perhaps, is the way in which the four women comment on today’s political climate using their quotes from history. The play was underwritten by a grant from Soroptimist International of Saratoga County, and proceeds benefitted the League of Women Voters of Saratoga County in upstate New York.

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1912-1914: Action in a new suffragette novel from the UK

There’s considerable spinoff from suffrage centennials, including a rash of new creative energy related to the suffrage movement subject matter. One example is books, whether self published or from mainstream publishing houses. The years 1912 to 1914 are addressed in a self-published novel from the UK, Suffragette Autumn Women’s Spring by Ian Porter. This story begins aboard the Titanic as it’s sinking, an important scene which protagonist Ruby later realizes is the genesis of her evolving into a suffrage activist. Ruby and Nashey are left traumatised and horrified – not just by the disaster of the Titanic’s journey itself, but by the failures of the ship’s officers. Readers then travel with the main characters to New York, and on to Halifax, Nova Scotia. The novel finally unfolds in suffragette London, 1912-1914. The militant struggle for Votes for Women becomes a stage for action. Ruby becomes involved in Mrs Pankhurst’s WSPU where she’s imprisoned and involved in a hunger strike. Through the five p’s – publicity stunts, protests, political speeches, prison torture and police tactics – the novel highlights the lengths to which the women and the government pressed the issue. The main character questions the direction of the movement and out of this suffragette autumn emerges a women’s spring.

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A Trilogy about the Amazons of the suffrage movement

This year, 2014, is the centennial of a part of English suffrage history about which little is known: how the militant wing of the suffrage movement organized a secret society of “Amazons,” known as the Bodyguard. It was group of about 25 athletic, dedicated women trained in the martial arts who provided security escorts for suffragette leaders released under the Cat and Mouse Act. Largely self-taught in the crafts of espionage and subterfuge, they made effective use of decoy and deception tactics and occasionally resorted to street brawling with the police. The Mrs. Pankhurst’s Amazons trilogy is inspired by their adventures. To complete article.

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100-year English suffrage collection is now personal and public

Boff Whalley, contemporary musician, has written a musical about an English suffragette that was inspired after seeing a friend’s collection of her grandmother’s suffrage memorabilia that’s now 100 years old. “Wrong ‘Un” will open in mid January 2014 and tell the story of Annie Wilde, a mill worker who campaigned for women’s right to vote. The friend’s grandmother went to Holloway prison and served time for the crime of women demanding democratic participation in the affairs of government. The persistent resistance pushed some English activists to take bold steps to win their cause. The UK has had numerous events and celebrations about their suffrage movement during the past year. There a telly suffrage sit-com underway, “Up the Women,” and a major motion picture in production. Hurray for suffrage celebrants in the UK. They take their suffrage movement history seriously. For more information about “Wrong ‘UN,” see: #1. #2. 

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