Suffragist of the Month - September

Suffragist of the Month – September

Jane Addams 1860 – 1935   Laura Jane Addams was born in Cedarville, Illinois on September 6, 1860 youngest of nine children. Her father was a state senator, and a wealthy industrialist, but her childhood was not without challenges. Her mother died when she was two years old, and two years later she suffered from […]

Happy Women's Equality Day!

Happy Women’s Equality Day!

August 26 Thank you, Harry Burn! In 1971, at the urging of Bella Abzug, the US Congress designated August 26th as “Women’s Equality Day,” marking the anniversary of the historic passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, finally granting women the right to vote and ending a determined non-violent campaign […]

Woman and Her Sphere

Thanks to information from my good friend, Marguerite Kerns, I recently discovered a wonderful website, Woman and Her Sphere, which offers a treasure trove of information about the suffrage movement and World War I in England. Created by Elizabeth Crawford, researcher, writer and dealer in books and ephemera, the site features a plethora of information […]

The Suffragist

The Suffragist

Recently I was fortunate to be able to purchase an issue of The Suffragist, dated August 29, 1914. The Suffragist was the “Weekly organ of the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage,” published in Washington DC, and sold then for the princely sum of five cents a copy. Leafing through the eight pages of this treasure […]

Suffragist of the Month – August

Lucy Stone August 13, 1818 Lucy Stone represented women active in the early days of the suffrage battle. Born in West Brookfield, MA, in 1818, she first worked for abolition, and later for suffrage. A colleague of both Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, she worked with them at the National Woman Suffrage Association, […]

One Hundred Years Ago Today

NEVADA ANTIS PROTEST: Tell President That Suffragists Are Not Representative of the State One hundred years ago today, on July 27, 1914 The New York Times reported that the Nevada Association of Women Opposed to Equal Suffrage handed to officials at the White House a formal protest against any action by the President that would […]

An Exciting New Site! – Suffrage

I am pleased to announce a new site has been launched expressly to lead to the celebration of the Suffrage Centennials – 2017 in New York State, and 202o for the nation. Log onto to get the latest news on these important celebrations, plus all sorts of interesting posts, videos and audio clips.

The Road to Seneca Falls

The Road to Seneca Falls

166th Anniversary  - July 19, 20, 1848 If the daring women who gathered in Seneca Falls that hot July day in 1848 knew that their battle for equality would take seventy-two long years one wonders if they might not have climbed back into their wagons and given up right there. After all, they were politically […]

What Happened Today in 1914?

What Happened Today in 1914?

As we work towards a celebration of suffrage victory in 1917 in New York State, and 1920 for the nation, I thought it might be interesting to see, from time to time, what was happening one hundred years ago on today’s date. July 12, 1914 the Brooklyn Daily Eagle ran an article on their “Woman of […]

Suffragist of the Month - July

Suffragist of the Month – July

Sarah J. Smith Thompson Garnet, July 31, 1831 African-American Champion of Voting Rights for Women Sarah Garnet was born on Long Island July 31, 1831 to Sylvanus Smith and Ann Eliza Springsteel Smith.  Her parents were of mixed race, Native-American, black and white, and had lived for a time on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation on […]

Women’s History Bookshelf Update

Check out two wonderful new books on the Women’s History Bookshelf page: Margaret Fuller: An American Life, by Megan Marshall, which won the Pulitzer prize for biography. No Votes for Women, by Susan Goodier, telling the fascinating story of the anti-suffrage movement.

Long Island Woman Suffrage Association

I am very pleased to announce that this web site is now home to the Long Island Woman Suffrage Association. The Association has been formed to continue to celebrate the hard work of Long Island women that culminated with winning the vote, first in New York State in 1917 and then throughout the nation in […]

Suffragist of the Month - June

Suffragist of the Month – June

Jeanette Rankin Jeanette Rankin is probably best known for being the first woman elected to the United States Congress, but few people know that she began her life of public service as a suffragist, a campaign that helped her hone skills that would carry her to the House of Representatives in Washington in 1916. There […]

The Well-Dressed Suffragist

The Well-Dressed Suffragist

The woman suffrage movement is alive and well on Long Island, at least when it comes to the clothes the women wore. I just spent a delightful afternoon with Nan Altman Guzzetta, owner of Nan’s Antique Costume and Prop Rental in Port Jefferson. Nan specializes in period clothing, from medieval to modern, and has some […]

Suffragist of the Month -  May

Suffragist of the Month – May

Amelia Jenks Bloomer, May 27, 1818  Amelia Jenks Bloomer is one of my favorite suffragists, not just because she introduced Elizabeth Cady Stanton to Susan B. Anthony, thus providing us with a wonderful team who worked tirelessly together for suffrage for over 50 years, but because of her courage. She first let her voice be […]