Suffragist of the Month, July 2015

Suffragist of the Month, July 2015

Lucy Burns, 1879 – 1966 When the story of the woman suffrage movement is told there is no woman more devoted, who gave more of her personal freedom to the cause than Lucy Burns. She was the first on the picket line, the first and most frequently imprisoned and force-fed, and the brave and creative […]

The Suffrage Wagon Rides Again!

The Suffrage Wagon Rides Again!

Marguerite Kearns grandmother’s Suffrage Wagon is again featured in Long Island’s publication, Newsday, today, in a beautiful two-page article by Bill Bleyer. The wagon, dubbed the Spirit of 1776, was used extensively by Rockville Centre suffragist Edna Kearns, who campaigned vigorously for votes for women. Edna was an editor at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, and […]

Last week my daughter Jennifer and I visited the Woodlawn Cemetery in Bronx, New York, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. Designated a National Historic Landmark, the Woodlawn Cemetery is a treasure, a green oasis of quiet beauty dropped in the center of one of the busiest places on earth, and the final resting place for over 300,000 people. While there are many famous men buried there – Irving Berlin, Ralph Bunch, Miles Davis – Jennifer and I came to see the graves of the many suffragists who are buried there. We were not disappointed – when it comes to the graves of suffragists Woodlawn holds the golden ticket.

Susan Olsen, Director of Historic Services, guided us to the graves of several of the “rock stars” of the woman suffrage movement – Carrie Chapman Catt, Alva Vanderbilt Belmont, and for me the most exciting – Elizabeth Cady Stanton and other members of her family, including daughter Harriot Stanton Blatch. But there are others as well, Katherine Duer Mackay (Blake), Mary Garret Hay, Catt’s good friend and companion; Ms. Olsen is working to identify more.

The photo below shows Alva Vanderbilt Belmont’s elaborate mausoleum, with his and her graves for her and second husband Oliver Belmont; many said he was the real love of her life. IMG_1537But the monument to Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a bit of a disappointment to us. Obviously her husband Henry died first, so much of the face of the stone tells of his accomplishments. But the placement of her name at the bottom of the monument seems an afterthought. And if one wants to learn about her accomplishments they are relegated to the side, easy to overlook. For a woman who fought almost her entire life to secure political equality for me, my daughters and all women Jennifer and I both agreed that a small cathedral would not be asking too much.
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Woodlawn Cemetery is easy to get to and welcomes visitors. For further information about this fascinating memorial park, log onto www.thewoodlawncemetery.org.

The suffragists will be waiting…

More Great News!

Monday evening, June 15, the New York State Assembly unanimously passed Bill #S02388, which “Establishes the New York state women’s suffrage 100th anniversary commemoration commission and provides for its powers and duties.” Since it already passed the Senate (also unanimously) we just await the Governor to sign it into law. Our thanks go to our […]

Don’t Miss the Suffragette Movie Trailer!

The trailer for the movie, Suffragette, telling the story of an English suffragette, due out this fall is now available at www.screencrush.com/suffragette-trailer-streep/. Click on the link (or cut and paste in your browser) and see the trailer of this wonderful film starring Carrie Mulligan (now on Broadway in Skylight) and Meryl Streep. Can’t wait!

Suffragist of the Month - June, 2015

Suffragist of the Month – June, 2015

Crystal Eastman, 1881 – 1928 Crystal Eastman was born June 25, 1881 into a modest family in Glenora, New York. Her parents, both ordained ministers, held the unusual belief (for the time) in the education of girls as well as boys, and encouraged Crystal to think for herself from a young age. She took this […]

Great News!

At 4:15 this afternoon Senate bill #2388 passed unanimously! Now  – on the the Assembly. I’ll keep you posted.

IMPORTANT SUFFRAGE VOTE TODAY IN NY SENATE!

New York State Senator Elizabeth Little’s proposed Bill #S2388-2015 calling for the creation of a New York State Women’s Suffrage 100th Anniversary Commission comes up for a vote in the Senate today at 3pm. The Commission will be charged with planning and executing a “portfolio of public humanities programs to engage the citizens of New York […]

Woman Suffrage Around the World

Woman Suffrage Around the World

My husband and I just returned from a trip to beautiful France, Germany and Switzerland. While we enjoyed the sights, touring historic castles and cathedrals, it will come as no surprise to my readers that I was also curious about the history of the woman suffrage movement in those countries. Although the struggle for woman […]

Suffragist of the Month - May 2015

Suffragist of the Month – May 2015

Katherine Duer Mackay 1878 – 1930 Suffragists were often accused of being unattractive, unfeminine, and terrible mothers. None of these slurs were ever flung at Katherine Duer Mackay, however. She was decidedly one of the most beautiful, gracious and feminine suffrage leaders of the day. When Harriot Stanton Blatch, Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s daughter, took up […]

Suffragette Movie set for October Release

Mark your calendars for the exciting October release of the film Suffragette, which boasts an all star cast including Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, and Brendan Gleeson, as well as Academy Award winner Meryl Streep as British suffrage leader, Emmeline Pankhurst. Fighting a parallel battle, the brave British suffragettes inspired and encouraged our own American suffragists […]

Suffragist of the Month - April 2015

Suffragist of the Month – April 2015

Rose Schneiderman, 1882 – 1972 “The woman worker needs bread, but she needs roses too,” was Rose Schneiderman’s favorite slogan. Bread was the sustenance, but roses were the joy – recreational facilities, schools, access to health care – anything that would help the working woman improve life for her and her family. Rose Schneiderman was born […]

Important New Suffrage Bill in New York Senate

New York State Senator Elizabeth Little has proposed Senate Bill #S2388-2015 calling for the creation of a New York State Women’s Suffrage 100th Anniversary Commission. The Commission will be charged with planning and executing a “portfolio of public humanities programs to engage the citizens of New York with the important issues inherent to the woman’s […]

Women Make History at the NYC Department of Records

Women Make History at the NYC Department of Records

  Tracy Sweet, of the New York City Department of Records asked me to share this with you all. Tracy is a fellow member of the New York Cultural Heritage Tourism Network, a group of colleagues and friends who celebrate the history and achievements of New York Women, as well as work together on plans for the 2017 […]

New Addition to the Woman's History Bookshelf

New Addition to the Woman’s History Bookshelf

The Secret History of Wonder Woman By Jill Lepore Wonder Woman, created in 1941 by William Moulton Marston is probably the most popular and long-lasting female superhero of all time. Author Jill Lepore, Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer relates the little known but fascinating story of Wonder Woman’s creator, whose early life was […]