Suffrage centennial events news notes, plus new annual theme for National Women’s History Project

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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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Girl Scout women’s suffrage badge and suffrage centennial news notes

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New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul have announced a new Girl Scouts patch celebrating the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York. Women in NYS gained the right to vote in 1917, three years before the 19th Amendment granted voting rights to women across the United States. The patch program is a partnership between Girl Scouts councils and the New York State Women’s Suffrage Commission, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. All seven Girl Scouts councils in New York are participating in the patch program.

IN OTHER NEWS:

Nate Levin is one of the speakers in a “Women’s Suffrage Rally” in the City Park in Glens Falls, NY on Sunday, May 7. 2017. There will be speakers, re-enactors, music and tintypes. For more information: Tisha at 518-792-6508 x256.

The New York chapter of the American Association of University Women will hold their convention April 21 to 23 at the DoubleTree Hilton in Syracuse, NY. Speakers include Louise Bernikow and Susan Landino Burhans. The event is promoted as part of the state’s suffrage centennial in 2017.

U.S. President Obama didn’t award Inez Milholland (1886-1916) with a presidential citizens’ medal in 2016, the centennial observance of Milholland’s death. SuffrageCentennials.com was one of the many supporters of recognition for the nation’s suffrage martyr. For more information about Inez.

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“Women in Politics: Past, Present & Future” is a conference commemorating the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State. It will start on Friday, April 21, 2017 at the FDR Library in Hyde Park, N.Y. and continue on Saturday, April 22, at SUNY New Paltz (New Paltz, NY).

Remarks and keynotes will be delivered by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, League of Women Voters Executive Director Wylecia Wiggs Harris, Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Editor Allida Black and Black Feminist author and activist Barbara Smith. Panels will address subjects such as the historical movement to win the vote in New  York State, how women have engaged in social and political movements since their enfranchisement, and the representative roles women fulfill today at the local, state and national levels.

“Women in Politics: Past, Present & Future” is a collaborative effort involving The Benjamin Center, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, the New York State League of Women Voters, the Rockefeller Institute of Government with support from the College’s Department of History, Department of Political Science & International Relations, Department of Sociology and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.

Tickets for Friday night at the FDR Library are limited: $75 includes a cocktail reception and dinner. Saturday-only registration is $35 and includes breakfast and lunch. The Saturday proceedings will be live-streamed at ruralfreetv.com. A post-conference workshop will be held for K-12 teachers’ curricular development.Suffrage Centennials

Upcoming book on the men of the women’s suffrage movement

 

 

 

 

 

The Suffragents is the story of how some of New York’s men formed the Men’s League for Woman Suffrage. The organization grew between 1909 and 1917 from 150 founding members into a force of thousands across thirty-five states.

Author Brooke Kroeger explores the formation of the League, the men themselves, what they did and why. She details the National American Woman Suffrage Association’s strategic decision to accept their organized help and then to deploy these influential new allies as suffrage foot soldiers, a role they accepted with uncommon grace. The advocated included Oswald Garrison Villard, John Dewey, Max Eastman, Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, and George Foster Peabody and others. Members of the League worked the streets, the stage, the press, and the legislative and executive branches of government.

“Not all the suffragists who risked ridicule to march down Fifth Avenue in the big parades touting votes for women wore dresses. Brooke Kroeger meticulously documents the largely unsung role of men who publicly supported their wives, mothers, sisters, or lovers in the final dramatic decade of women’s seventy-year battle for the ballot.” — Linda J. Lumsden, author of Inez: The Life and Times of Inez Milholland and Rampant Women: Suffragists and the Right of Assembly. Brooke Kroeger is Professor at the New York University Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Her books include Nellie Bly: Daredevil, Reporter, Feminist.

 

 

 

 

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“Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon has been moved to the NYS Museum for exhibition, plus news notes

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The State of New York launched the 100th anniversary of women voting in the state on March 1, 2017 with a women’s history exhibit up for public view for thirty days. Now the “Spirit of 1776” wagon has been moved over to the New York State Museum where it is promoting the large women’s suffrage exhibit at the museum in November 2017. That exhibit will be on view through May 2018.

IN OTHER NEWS: The 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial has a Facebook page. The Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative (WVCI) is a collaborative effort created to share information and stimulate activities around the country in the years leading up to 2020. It is run by a volunteer task force, that represents the various segments of the historical women’s suffrage movement, contemporary women’s organizations, and scholars. For more information.

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Film about first woman to run for U.S. presidency

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FILM DEAL ABOUT FIRST WOMAN TO RUN FOR U.S. PRESIDENT:

Amazon Studios has acquired Victoria Woodhull, with Oscar-winning Room star Brie Larson poised to produce, and play the first female candidate for the presidency of the United States. Amazon bought it in a pitch package deal. Woodhull, a suffrage activist, was the first woman to run and be nominated for President of the United States in 1872, more than 40 years before women had the right to vote.

 SUFFRAGE MUSICAL CONCERT: Telos Trio, a musical group consisting of flute, clarinet, and piano based in Rochester, NY has two events, May 12 and July 15, to add to the suffrage centennial calendar. “Equality Now: Celebrating the New York Centennial of Women’s Suffrage” musically traces the history of women’s suffrage from 1840 when Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott met at the World Anti-Slavery Convention in London to New York State approving women’s voting in 1917.

Concerts on May 12 at 7:30 pm in Rochester and July 15 at 7 pm in Seneca Falls will include “Equality Now!”, a work written for the Telos Trio by Gwyneth Walker and receiving its world premiere on May 12.  It celebrates the first women’s rights convention held in Seneca Falls, NY, in 1848. The May 12th event is scheduled at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance, 50 N Plymouth Ave, Rochester, NY 14614/ Tickets: $15/adults, $5/students and seniors; $30 VIP ticket includes pre-concert event at 6:30 pm: Conversation and Refreshments with Gwyneth Walker.

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THROUGH THE EYE OF MARGUERITE KEARNS: (Point of View)

A red carpet was rolled out for me when I showed up recently for VIP night at Suffrage Wagon Café. The room was filled with those of us who have kept the faith since I started blogging in 2009 (SuffrageWagon.org) about voting rights activism.

The focus has been on my grandmother, Edna Kearns (1882-1934), and her “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon used in parades and as a speakers’ platform for grassroots organizing. The wagon is now on exhibit in Albany, NY.

The web site and social media have been making available resources and information to teachers, students, historians, policymakers, citizens, and many others. This is why the VIP dinner was so memorable.

A MEMORABLE EVENING CELEBRATING AN ACCOMPLISHMENT

As guest of honor, I had my choice of California organic white table wine and anything on the international menu. I chose tofu nuggets and veggies (snow peas, Shitake mushrooms, and bamboo shoots) in an orange sauce. I was in heaven. Imagine my surprise when the dish arrived with chopsticks almost a foot long.

The vegetables absorbed the orange sauce which was light enough to give them character and strong enough to compete with tofu nuggets. The blend had me sighing with pleasure especially when flavored with a dab of Chinese-style mustard.

The mushrooms featured the gamey taste Shitaki mushrooms are known for, along with the promise of a boost to my immune system. Their orange flavor added to the rush of taste. In between bites, I sipped on white wine to clear my palate and smiled before spearing another tofu nugget with its rich and earthy flavor. Although I had no room for dessert, a take-home box of the main dish and pineapple upside down cake saved me from food preparation the following day.

SUFFRAGE WAGON CAFE OPENED IN 2015 DURING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

In the spirit of full disclosure, I am the host of Suffrage Wagon Café. Suffrage Wagon Cooking School and the café have been part of my mission of sharing stories about a pivotal time in our past.

Suffrage Wagon Café opened during Women’s History Month in 2015. During two years of the cafe showering attention on women’s history by unique programming, I’ve observed an enormous shift.

As recently as two years ago, puzzled looks greeted me when I said I loved writing and speaking about the women’s suffrage movement. I endured questions and smirks, including “Does suffrage hurt?” I must have said on a thousand occasions: “Suffrage refers to the right to vote.”

More people are paying attention to women’s history and our past, not because it’s just a cool thing to do. It has more to do with understanding what’s happening today and how we benefit from and are inspired by the strong shoulders on which we stand.

KEEP THE SPIRIT OF THE JANUARY 2017 WOMEN’S MARCH ALIVE!

Celebrate women’s freedom to vote by keeping the spirit of the January 2017 Washington, DC march alive. Pass on the news of the Suffrage Wagon Café and support the ongoing programs to honor those who have persisted in the journey toward equality, sustainability, and social justice.

The future depends on all of us.

“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 at Suffrage Wagon News Channel. We have been publishing since 2009.

SuffrageCentennials.com is a sister site highlighting suffrage centennials, events and celebrations.

“Through the Eye of Marguerite Kearns” is a point of view column on Suffrage Wagon News Channel.