News and actions: Suffrage Pageants

Hazel MacKaye was riding high in 1914 when her pageant, “The American Woman: Six Periods of American Life” was performed at the Seventy-first Regimental Armory (sponsored by the New York City Men’s League for Equal Suffrage). It was a cutting-edge production that milked the potential for drama and social commentary. Edna Buckman Kearns was involved, not only in the event’s organization, but also the performance.

Suffrage pageants reached different audiences than parades and demonstrations and they represented an emotional training ground for later forms of protest, such as the picketing of the White House in 1917. The picketing of the Woodrow Wilson White House was launched following the death of Inez Milholland, the U.S. suffrage martyr.

This year, 2016, is the centennial of Milholland’s death. Find out more about her on the centennial web site. Become a partner in the centennial observance. The Inez Milholland Centennial is a program of the National Women’s History Project. The national co-chairs are Marguerite Kearns and Robert P.J. Cooney, Jr.

Support funding for the 2017 suffrage centennial in New York State. Watch for the release of the Inez Milholland film in April 2016. Get behind the New York State Museum in putting the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon used by Edna Kearns on permanent exhibit. Sign the online petititon asking that President Obama grant a presidential citizens medal to Inez Milholland, the U.S. suffrage martyr.

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“Choose it and Use it” is a video reminding us of how the past is linked to what we do today and its impact on the future. Celebrate women’s freedom to vote.

Volunteers needed for suffrage movement database

The online journal and database, “Women and Social Movements in the United States” is engaged in several crowdsourcing projects to create a new online biographical dictionary of the woman suffrage movement in the U.S.  Over the past few months volunteers have written brief biographies of Black women suffragists and militant suffragists who supported the National Woman’s Party. Now work is starting on biographical sketches of suffrage supporters of the National American Woman Suffrage Association between 1890 and 1920. The goal is to prepare this Online Biographical Dictionary in time for 2020, the 100th anniversary of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920 that extended woman’s suffrage to states that had not already enacted woman suffrage.

In anticipation of the 100th anniversary volunteers are being recruited to participate in this crowdsourcing project. The goal is for one volunteer from each state and the District of Columbia to serve as “state coordinators who will help to develop a list of activists to be included in the project and then recruit faculty, students, and interested history buffs to research and write the biographical sketches. State coordinators will review and copyedit the biographical sketches and share them with Tom Dublin, co-editor of the Women and Social Movements website and director of the Online Biographical Dictionary project. The sketches will be published on the website. Anyone interested in serving as a state coordinator or in writing biographical sketches for the NAWSA project, send an email to tdublin@binghamton.edu.

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Letter from the National Women’s History Project!

Inez MilhollandMy Dear Friends,

One of the real pleasures of working with the National Women’s History Project is when we actually get to “write women back into history.” We have a special opportunity this year, and I hope you’ll support and benefit from the Inez Milholland Centennial.

This new project of the NWHP will shine the spotlight on a brave, nearly-forgotten attorney and suffragist who died while campaigning for Votes for Women. Already, responding to our initiative, California Congresswoman Jackie Speier has nominated Inez for the Presidential Citizens Award in 2016.

The co-chairs are NWHP allies Robert P. J. Cooney, Jr., and Marguerite Kearns. (At the same time, NWHP board member Martha Wheelock is creating a fifteen-minute film on Inez to be released in April 2016.) Please help us all write this heroic woman and three generations of suffragists back into history.

The Inez Milholland Centennial will encourage the recognition of this beloved suffragist on the centennial of her death and also encourage communities nationwide to honor and celebrate their own state and local suffrage activists.

Please consider supporting this effort by becoming a Partner. At the website, you can also

  • sign the digital petition to support her nomination,
  • subscribe to the free newsletter,
  • gather information to organize an event,
  • order buttons and other resources, and
  • help spread the word about her and other American suffragists this election year.

Plan something for this month. Inez is one of the women the NWHP has chosen as 2016 Honorees. Visit our Inez Milholland Centennial web store page and learn more at InezMilhollandCentennial.com.

This exciting new project is described in more detail on the Inez Milholland centennial web site. Share the contents on Facebook and Twitter, and in the newsletter for your organization. Even better, add a local angle to the news release by announcing what you or your organization will be doing to honor Inez Milholland, not only during March but also throughout 2016.

Onward!      Molly Murphy MacGregor

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Nomination to honor U.S. Suffrage Martyr, Inez Milholland

27 A group of grassroots activists and a California Congresswoman have joined forces to honor suffragist Inez Milholland on the centennial of her death while campaigning for Votes for Women.

Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA) has submitted a nomination to President Obama for Milholland (1886-1916) to be awarded the Presidential Citizen’s Medal in 2016. This second highest of civilian awards recognizes Americans who have made a significant contribution to the nation’s progress. Citing her “vital” leadership in the suffrage movement, Congresswoman Speier called Milholland “a shining star in the pantheon of inspiring leaders” in the early 20th century.   The nomination is featured on the web site, InezMilhollandCentennial.com.

The yearlong Inez Milholland Centennial campaign is part of the National Women’s History Project, the 35-year-old educational center responsible for the month of March being officially designated as National Women’s History Month. Journalist Marguerite Kearns, descendant of a suffragist and editor of the SuffrageCentennials.com website, is co-chair along with Robert P. J. Cooney, Jr., author of “Winning the Vote” and editor of “Remembering Inez: The Last Campaign of Suffrage Martyr, Inez Milholland.”

The two activists have started a digital petition (www.change.org/p/help-honor-an-american-hero) and postcard campaign so individuals and organizations can show their support for the nomination. The project’s website offers further details, information and resources about Milholland, and newly issued “Honor Inez” buttons. The project welcomes partners and invites the participation of schools, individuals, and groups throughout the country.

The year 2016 is the centennial of Milholland’s death in Los Angeles of exhaustion and pernicious anemia. The loss of the charismatic, thirty-year-old New York attorney intensified women’s efforts for the ballot and led to the picketing of the White House in January 1917. “Milholland’s death reignited the drive for a Constitutional amendment and tragically emphasized the price American women were forced to pay to win their own civil rights,” noted Kearns.

“2016 is also an election year,” Marguerite Kearns observed, “when American women will be remembering the long and difficult 72-year campaign for Votes for Women nationally that they finally won through the 19th Amendment in 1920.”

While highlighting Inez’s story, the centennial project encourages communities throughout the country to research their own local and state suffragists and celebrate their achievements.

As Cooney noted, “Inez Milholland was one of tens of thousands of women who worked for equal rights between 1848 and 1920, and we should know many more of them by name.”   The effort is part of the preparation for the national suffrage centennial in 2020.

A new 15-minute film, “Inez Milholland: Forward into Light,” is in the process of completion by producer Martha Wheelock of Wild West Women. A trailer for film, which is scheduled to premier in April, is posted on YouTube.

Inez Milholland is one of sixteen 2016 Honorees being recognized by the National Women’s History Project at a special Women’s History Month luncheon in Washington, DC. The noontime event is being held at The Hamilton Live on March 19, 2016. For tickets, visit nwhp.org.

 

 

Women’s suffrage storytelling is expanded with audio podcasts!

Goal of 200 storytelling videos about women’s suffrage movement makes learning American history easy for young people on Vimeo.

THREE AUDIO PODCAST SERIES THAT SHOW THE U.S. SUFFRAGE ACTIVISTS FOR THE COMPLEX AND PERSISTENT INDIVIDUALS THEY WERE:

(1.) “Trouble Brewing in Seneca Falls.” Podcast #1. Podcast #2. Podcast #3. Podcast #4. Podcast #5. Podcast #6. Podcast #7.

(2.) “Playing Politics with the President.” Podcast #1. Podcast #2. Podcast #3. Podcast #4. Podcast #5. Podcast #6. Podcast #7. Podcast #8. Podcast #9.

(3.) “The Night of Terror.” Podcast #1. Podcast #2. Podcast #3. Podcast #4. Podcast #5. Podcast #6. Podcast #7. Podcast #8.

Videos keep people coming back to see what’s new on Suffrage Wagon News Channel. Highlights of some of the personal videos about Edna Kearns and family. We’re adding new videos often. AND TAKE NOTE OF OUR EXPANDING COLLECTION OF AUDIO PODCASTS!

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Honor the grandmothers in the kitchen!

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Honor the grandmothers in the kitchen! on Vimeo.

The year 2016 is an election year –more reason than ever to remember the grandmothers and great grandmothers who spent more than 72 years working to win voting rights for women.

When you visit Suffrage Wagon Cooking School you’ll see a representative sampling of the cooking demonstrations during 2015, plus an archive. Chef Marguerite is your host.

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Suffrage Wagon Cafe is closed during January 2016. Programming resumes in February. Your host: Marguerite Kearns.

SuffrageCentennials.com for trends, news and views about upcoming suffrage centennials. Suffrage Wagon is a partner in the Inez Milholland Centennial observance in 2016. Inez Milholland is America’s suffrage martyr.

Birthday celebration on December 25th: Edna Kearns & Martha Wright!

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Happy Birthday, Edna Buckman Kearns, suffrage activist! on Vimeo.

December 25th birthdaysHappy birthday Edna Kearns and Martha Wright on December 25th.

Tara Bloyd, Edna’s great granddaughter, signed in support of funding for the New York State women’s suffrage centennial commission. See letter sent to NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo to urge inclusion of the suffrage centennial commission in the upcoming state budget. The “Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon used by Edna Kearns in the New York State suffrage organizing campaign is part of our 2015 “Ask Santa” effort.

NYS state suffrage centennial 2017

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