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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 […]

Marker Dedication! Please come!

The Town of Huntington is dedicating an historical marker honoring suffragist Ida Bunce Sammis at noon on Wednesday, March 27, at Ida’s former home, 70 Main Street in Huntington. It was at this home that Ida held rallies and meetings promoting women’s right to vote. In addition to being an active suffragist, Ida Bunce Sammis […]

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 […]

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 […]