Good News for the Long Island Woman Suffrage Association, Inc.

I am thrilled to announce that The Long Island Woman Suffrage Association, Inc. has just recently received 501(c)3 tax exempt status. This means we can accept donations and apply for grants. Next year’s centennial is a very important one to the residents of New York, that of New York women finally winning the right to vote, a […]

History in the Making!

History in the Making!

Whatever your political beliefs, this week marked an enormously important historical breakthrough for women in the United States. Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first woman to be nominated for President of the United States from a national political party. She is not the first woman to run for President. Over forty others have tried -Victoria […]

Suffragist of the Month, June 2016

Suffragist of the Month, June 2016

Miriam Folline Leslie 1836 – 1914 Miriam Folline was born in New Orleans on June 3, 1846. After a brief marriage that was annulled in 1856, she spent a year on the stage, and in 1857 married Ephraim G. Squier, who in 1861 became an editor of Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper had […]

The Colors of Suffrage

The Colors of Suffrage

Anyone who has studied the woman suffrage movement, both in the United States and Great Britain, might be curious about the ubiquitous presence of the colors purple, white and gold. These were the official colors of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in Britain, and were later adopted by Alice Paul and the National […]

A Memorable Memorial Day Parade!

A Memorable Memorial Day Parade!

The threat of rain did not stop our brave band of suffragists from marching in the Glen Cove Memorial Day parade yesterday, and we were amply rewarded with cheers and waves from enthusiastic crowds that lined the streets. For many this parade was an introduction to our group, formed to celebrate the centennial of women […]

My New Book - Hot Off the Press!

My New Book – Hot Off the Press!

My new book, New York’s Remarkable Women: Daughters, Wives, Sisters and Mothers who Shaped History has just been issued by the Globe Pequot Press. This book is a second edition of my first book, More Than Petticoats: Remarkable New York Women, published in 2000. The chapters have been updated, with two new chapters added. The book is […]

On the March! Memorial Day Parade, 2016!

Suffragists are on the march again! Join us and march in the Memorial Day parade in Glen Cove, Monday, May 30, 2016. We will assemble at 11:30am, and finish up about 1pm. Costumes welcome! Parades are a wonderful way to get the message out about our centennial celebrations, and they are just so much fun! […]

Suffragist of the Month, May 2016

Suffragist of the Month, May 2016

Margaret Fuller,  1810 – 1850 Margaret Fuller was born May 23, 1810 in Cambridgeport, Massachusetts. As a young child she was taught at home by an exacting father, and did not attend school formally until the age of ten. Perhaps for this reason she was a precocious child, educated far beyond her years, schooled in Greek, Latin, German […]

What a Parade!

What a Parade!

Last Sunday dawned bright and beautiful, a perfect day for our suffrage parade in Ronkonkoma. Over 100 people showed up to share in the experience, and honor those brave suffragists who fought for political equality. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Lake Ronkonkoma Free Library, whose local history room was recently named in honor […]

Presidential Proclamation Establishes Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument

Presidential Proclamation Establishes Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument

Calling it a “centerpiece for the struggle for equality,” President Barack Obama designated the Sewall-Belmont House in Washington DC a National Monument on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. The present Sewall-Belmont House has been home to the National Woman’s Party since 1929, and houses an incredibly rich collection of scrapbooks, artifacts, banners, books, political cartoons, photographs, […]

Here Comes the Parade! Sunday, April 17, 2016

Here Comes the Parade! Sunday, April 17, 2016

  We are finalizing our plans with our partner, the Lake Ronkonkoma Heritage Association for our suffrage celebration to be held on Sunday, April 17. In addition to our march we will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Lake Ronkonkoma Free Library, whose local history room was recently named in honor of Lillian DeVere from […]

Suffragist of the Month, April 2016

Suffragist of the Month, April 2016

Mary Coffin Ware Dennett – 1872 – 1947 Mary Coffin Ware was born April 4, 1872 in Worcester, MA. She attended Miss Capen’s School for Girls, and later studied at the school of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, where she developed her talent for design and decoration. She taught at the Drexel Institute in Philadelphia, […]

Thanks for Trailblazer Award from Delia DeRiggi-Whitton

Thanks for Trailblazer Award from Delia DeRiggi-Whitton

My sincere thanks goes to Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton of Nassau Legislative District 11 for designating me her Trailblazer for 2016. Each year Nassau legislators celebrate Women’s History Month by honoring the work and achievement of one woman from each of their districts. I was thrilled to be chosen this year and honored to be among such a distinguished group […]

Important New York Suffrage Centennial News

Plans to celebrate the New York State Suffrage Centennial are moving along, and we are waiting to hear from the New York State Legislature about funding in the Governor’s budget. We are hoping for a generous amount from each legislative body. To that end we need supporters to write to their local senators and assembly […]

UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60)

UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60)

Yesterday I was privileged to attend the opening of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60) at the United Nations, as a representative of the League of Women Voters. Thousands of men and women from all over the world have come together to discuss issues relating to women’s empowerment and their common search for […]