Suffragist of the Month - August 2015

Suffragist of the Month – August 2015

Mary Garrett Hay, 1857 – 1928 The 1915 campaign for a suffrage amendment to the New York State Constitution was one of the most highly organized campaigns in political history. The State was divided into twelve campaign districts and the district of Greater New York was under the management of Mary Garrett Hay. Under her […]

Save the Date! Saturday, September 26, 2015.

The Long Island Woman Suffrage Association has been asked to take part in the parade marking the 350th anniversary of the Town of Smithtown on Saturday, September 26, 2015. The parade will offer us another opportunity through banners and placards to remind everyone of the upcoming suffrage centennial celebrations we are planning for 2017 and 2020. […]

Central Park – Where are The Women?

Central Park, New York’s bucolic treasure, is home to 22 statues of men, but none of real women. (There are statues of Alice in Wonderland, Mother Goose, and Juliet). The Elizabeth Cady Stanton Susan B. Anthony Central Park Statue Fund has set out to correct this grievous error, and is planning on placing a statue honoring […]

167 Years Ago Today

167 Years Ago Today

On a warm July day in 1848, in a small town of Waterloo in upstate New York, a group of five women gathered around the tea table in Jane Hunt’s parlor to discuss their dissatisfaction with women’s life in general. While all five shared common frustrations of lack of personal, financial, and political freedom, none was […]

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 […]