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Suffragist of the Month - November

Suffragist of the Month – November

Sarah Moore Grimké,  1792 – 1873 Sarah Moore Grimké was born in Charleston, South Carolina November 26, 1792, to a wealthy and influential family, one of fourteen children. From an early age she railed against the strictures imposed upon the girls of the family, particularly the lack of a comprehensive education. While her brothers learned mathematics, […]

One Hundred Years Ago Today

One Hundred Years Ago Today

According to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, October 13, 1914: Suffragists in Session – Parade and Make Addresses in Rochester, NY With Yellow pennants bearing the war cry “Votes for Women,” fluttering from hundreds of automobiles, members of the New York State Woman Suffrage Association from all parts of the State participated in a spectacular parade here […]

Suffragist of The Month - October

Suffragist of The Month – October

Belva Ann Lockwood 1830 – 1917  Today, in October of 2014 with three women sitting on the Supreme Court it seems unbelievable that until 1879 women attorneys (of which there were few) were not even permitted to present cases before the Supreme Court. Women were discouraged from becoming attorneys, since most law schools would not […]

One Hundred Years Ago Today

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported today, September 23, 1914 about suffrage activity at the Mineola Fair: The Nassau County Woman’s Suffrage Party has a tent, and beginning today prominent speakers will attempt to make converts to the cause throughout the week. At a distant point the management has placed the antis, and they also will have […]

Suffragist of the Month - September

Suffragist of the Month – September

Jane Addams 1860 – 1935   Laura Jane Addams was born in Cedarville, Illinois on September 6, 1860 youngest of nine children. Her father was a state senator, and a wealthy industrialist, but her childhood was not without challenges. Her mother died when she was two years old, and two years later she suffered from […]

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 […]