100 Years Ago today - New York Ratifies the 19th Amendment

100 Years Ago today – New York Ratifies the 19th Amendment

On June 16, 1919 New York State was one of the first states to ratify the 19th Amendment to the Constitution giving all women throughout the nation the right to vote. The battle for the vote represented over seventy years of an intense campaign – writing, marching, speaking, publishing newspapers, begging for funds, circulating petitions […]

Suffragist of the Month- June, 2019

Suffragist of the Month- June, 2019

Catherine Waugh McCulloch, 1862 – 1945 Catherine Waugh was born June 4, 1862 in Ransomville, New York, the only daughter of Susan Gougher and Abraham Waugh. When she was five years old her family moved to New Milford, Illinois. Catherine was fortunate  –  her parents believed in educating both girls and boys. She graduated from […]

We Love a Parade!

We Love a Parade!

  A small but dedicated group marched behind the Long Island Woman Suffrage Association banner last Monday at the Glen Cove Memorial Day parade. We were pleased to march to honor those who served our country in the armed forces, as well as those who worked to secure political equality for all. Next year marks […]

Join Us at the Memorial Day Parade!

Join Us at the Memorial Day Parade!

The Long Island Woman Suffrage Association will again march in the Glen Cove Memorial Day Parade, Monday, May 27, 2019. Please join us to celebrate New York State’s ratification of the 19th Amendment which occurred on June 16, 1919. It then went on its way throughout the rest of the nation, resulting in its final […]

Suffragist of the Month - May, 2019

Suffragist of the Month – May, 2019

Julia Ward Howe, 1819 – 1910 Julia Ward Howe is probably best known for her poem, The Battle Hymn of the Republic, which was set to the music of an old folk tune, and became the semi-official song of the Union Army during the Civil War. But in addition to writing poetry, biographies and essays […]

The History Day Awards Are In!

The History Day Awards Are In!

We are pleased and proud to announce the winners of the History Day Women’s History Award, sponsored by the Long Island Woman Suffrage Association Inc., and awarded during the History Day contest at Hofstra University on March 31, 2019: Hiral Chavre from Woodmere Middle School won the Junior Individual Exhibit: “Irena Sendler: Triumph in the […]

Suffragist of the Month, April, 2019

Suffragist of the Month, April, 2019

Frances Perkins, 1880 – 1965 Frances Perkins’ devotion to the cause of woman suffrage came early in her life and informed many of the decisions that she would make in the future. She was born April 10, 1882 in Boston, Massachusetts to Frederick Perkins and Susan Bean; her family later moved to Worcester, where her father […]

A Dream Achieved - Citizenship!

A Dream Achieved – Citizenship!

As part of my work with the League of Women Voters I had the privilege today of attending the swearing-in ceremony for new citizens at the Federal Court House in Central Islip. The League provides new citizens with forms to register to vote, to assume one of the most important duties inherent in their shining […]

Sammis Historic Marker Unveiled

Sammis Historic Marker Unveiled

An historic marker honoring suffragist Ida Bunce Sammis of Huntington was unveiled today at noon, marking another step in the trail of historic markers honoring suffragists throughout Long Island.  An active suffrage leader, Ida Bunce Sammis was also the first of two women elected to the New York State Assembly in 1918. The marker was […]

Remember the Triangle Fire!

Remember the Triangle Fire!

Yesterday I had the honor of attending the commemoration of the 108th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. On March 25, 1911, 146 workers, mostly young immigrant women, perished in a disastrous shirtwaist factory fire on Greene Street in lower Manhattan. Trapped by doors that had been locked to prevent theft and pushed by […]

106 Years Ago Today - Washington DC Suffrage Parade

106 Years Ago Today – Washington DC Suffrage Parade

One hundred six years ago today, March 3, 1913, suffragists staged the first national suffrage parade in Washington D.C. It was the brainchild of young suffragists Alice Paul and Lucy Burns, founders of the National Congressional Committee, (an auxiliary of the National American Woman Suffrage Association – NAWSA). Alice and Lucy had worked together in the […]

Suffragist of the Month - February, 2019

Suffragist of the Month – February, 2019

Angelina Grimké Weld, 1805 – 1879 Angelina Grimké Weld was born in Charleston, South Carolina, February 20, 1805, the fourteenth and youngest child of the wealthy and influential Grimké family. Her father John was a well-known jurist; her mother Mary Smith managed her large family and numerous slaves with an iron fist, but by the […]

A Suffrage History Lesson

Anyone who has studied the woman suffrage movement knows of its unfortunate history of racism; we are again reminded of this by New York Times editor Brent Staples’ Sunday opinion piece, When the Suffrage Movement Sold Out to White Supremacy. In addition to a detailed history of offenses by white suffrage leaders against black suffragists, […]

New Suffrage Exhibit Opens January 29th at NY Society Library

New Suffrage Exhibit Opens January 29th at NY Society Library

The New York Society Library will host  an exhibit celebrating the woman suffrage movement at its location at 53 E.79th Street in New York City, from January 29th to August 30, 2019, featuring Long Island suffragists Rosalie Gardner Jones and Eunice Brannon. The opening reception on Tuesday, January 29 at 6pm will feature our good […]

102 Years Ago Today – Suffragists Under Attack!

January 18, 1917 On January 10, 1917 suffrage leaders from the Congressional Union, discouraged by President Wilson’s refusal to support the suffrage amendment, decided on a daring, attention-grabbing demonstration – picketing the White House. Silent Sentinels appeared at the White House gates, holding banners with such messages as “Mr. President, How Long Must Women Wait […]