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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 […]

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 […]

One Hundred Years Ago Today

One Hundred Years Ago Today

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 […]

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 […]

Suffrage and the Pulitzer Prize

Suffrage and the Pulitzer Prize

Congratulations to Megan Marshall for winning the coveted 2014 Pulitzer Prize for her wonderful biography, Margaret Fuller, A New American Life. When the prizes were announced on April 14th those of us who study the suffrage movement were delighted to see such a wonderful accolade for a “a richly researched book that tells the remarkable story […]

Traveling for Suffrage Part 2

My good friend Marguerite Kearns has published a wonderful article on the New York History blog about three women who traveled around Long Island by wagon to spread the suffrage message. The three Wagon Women were Rosalie Gardiner Jones, Elisabeth Freeman and Marguerite’s grandmother, Edna Buckman Kearns. We are so grateful to Marguerite for keeping […]

Traveling for Suffrage

Traveling for Suffrage

For an insightful and exciting look at different transportation methods used by suffragists, log on to Traveling for Suffrage, at the American History blog of the Smithsonian. http://blog.americanhistory.si.edu. The series of four articles offers some wonderful photographs, as well as a small trove of information on how the suffragists spread their message using the transportation tools […]

Suffragist of The Month - April

Suffragist of The Month – April

Mary Louise Booth Mary Louise Booth was born in Millville, Long Island (later known as Yaphank) April 19, 1831. Her father, William  Booth was the local miller and schoolteacher who believed strongly in the value of education for girls. Through diligent study she became fluent in seven foreign languages and later, when her father became […]

Honors for the Suffrage Cause

Honors for the Suffrage Cause

I was honored Wednesday March 26 to receive a Citation from New York State Assemblyman Charles Levine of Glen Cove, delivered by his Chief of Staff, Tara Butler-Sahai for my work in recounting and remembering the woman suffrage movement. The award was made during my presentation at the Bryant Library in Roslyn, New York about […]

Rosalie Gardiner Jones – Film Clip shows her March to Washington, DC

Thanks to my friend, Natalie Naylor for telling me about this site where you can see a wonderful film clip of Rosalie Gardiner Jones leading a contingent of suffragists on a march to Washington DC, in late February of 1913. This march followed soon after the group’s march to Albany, which had taken them over […]