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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 […]

The Incredible Life of Mary Louise Booth – An Exciting New Book!

Suffragist Mary Louise Booth lived in the small village of Yaphank on eastern Long Island. But while her village was small her life was lived on a much larger stage. She was the Secretary of the Women’s Rights Convention with Susan B. Anthony in 1855, an esteemed author who wrote the first History of the City […]

Suffragist of the Month, January 2019

Harriot Stanton Blatch, 1856 – 1940 From the moment of her birth on January 8,1856 Harriot Stanton Blatch had the mantle of the woman suffrage movement tucked firmly around her. As the daughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, organizer of the 1848 Seneca Falls Woman’s Rights Conference, and head of the movement, there was small chance […]

Mary Poppins Returns

If you loved the original 1964 Mary Poppins movie with Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke you will probably enjoy the new one, Mary Poppins Returns, in theaters now. It is a continuation of the story of the now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, with new songs, and fresh new faces, while echoes of the original […]

A Merry Suffrage Christmas!

A Merry Suffrage Christmas!

Today we think of postcards as flimsy bits of paper sent primarily from vacation destinations, and even that usage has changed recently in favor of texting, or sending home digital emails and photographs. But during the woman suffrage movement era the postcard was a popular device that was widely used to document political movements, while […]

The Gift of Recognition

The Gift of Recognition

There are hundreds, perhaps thousands of statues throughout our country recognizing the work and achievements of men, but not many celebrating the historic contributions of women. That seems to be about to change. Here are four examples of such statues that  are in the process of being created to celebrate the ratification of the 19th […]

Giving Thanks For Those Who Help Us Celebrate Suffrage

Giving Thanks For Those Who Help Us Celebrate Suffrage

One of the best things about the upcoming centennial celebration of woman winning the vote is the new books that are gradually emerging for both adults and children. New to our Women’s History Bookshelf is a delightful new picture book by New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, illustrated by Maira Kalman, Bold and Brave: Ten Heroes who […]

Suffragist of the Month, November 2018

Suffragist of the Month, November 2018

In a break from my traditional celebration of an individual for Suffragist of the Month, this month we celebrate all the women who ran for office this midterm election. Some won, some lost, but all exhibited the same courage and stamina of the suffragists, and all should be celebrated. We began on November 5th with […]

Sammis Celebration Update

The celebration of the centennial of Ida Bunce Sammis’ election to the NY State Assembly will be Monday, November 5, 2018 at 10:30am, at 70 Main Street, Huntington, NY. Previous post omitted the time.  Please note time and date, and join us!

Representative Tom Suozzi Plans Ida Bunce Sammis Anniversary Celebration November 5th

Representative Tom Suozzi Plans Ida Bunce Sammis Anniversary Celebration November 5th

Congressman Tom Suozzi (D – Long Island, Queens) has sent a letter to the United States Postal Service’s Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee requesting a commemorative stamp to honor the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Monday, November 5, 2018, marks the centennial anniversary of the election of Ida Bunce Sammis to the New York State […]

Remember the Triangle Fire!

Remember the Triangle Fire!

  The Long Island Woman Suffrage Association has become a Participating Organization with the Remember The Triangle Fire Coalition, an organization that strives to remember and honor those who died in the horrendous fire on March 25,1911. One hundred forty-six mostly young immigrant women, died when they discovered the doors were locked, and the fire […]

Suffragist of the Month - October, 2018

Suffragist of the Month – October, 2018

Pauline Newman, 1890 – 1986 Pauline Newman was first and foremost a labor organizer whose childhood spent in the sweatshops of lower Manhattan showed her first-hand the need for working women to organize and lobby for higher wages, better working conditions and restrictions on child labor. But she was also a suffragist, who believed the […]

America's First Woman Voter- Deborah Dunch Moody

America’s First Woman Voter- Deborah Dunch Moody

As we approach another election day we might do well to remember a strong-willed and brave immigrant who was the first woman known to vote in the New World – Deborah Dunch Moody. Deborah was born around 1586 in Wiltshire, England to a wealthy and influential family. Her father was a member of Parliament; her grandfather […]