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One Hundred Years Ago Today – March 8, 1916

 Suffrage Dancers Overflow Garden According to an article in the New York Times, March 9, 1916: More than 2000 persons danced for woman suffrage last night at the suffrage ball at Madison Square Garden, and 10,000 others applauded from boxes and tiers of seats that stretched nearly to the roof. It was estimated by committee […]

Suffragist of the Month, March, 2016

Suffragist of the Month, March, 2016

Inez Haynes (Gillmore) Irwin, 1883 – 1970 Inez Haynes Irwin was born March 2, 1873 in Brazil. Originally from Boston, MA, the family returned there during her childhood and it was there that she grew up, eventually attending Radcliffe College. While at Radcliffe she became involved in the woman suffrage movement, and co-founded the National […]

100 Years Ago Today, February 20, 1916

Suffrage Operetta Gives $8,000 to the Cause On February 20, 1916 the New York Times reported that Alva Belmont staged the operetta, “Melinda and Her Sisters,” at the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City to benefit the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage. The play netted $8,000, proceeds “to be used for […]

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Happy Birthday, Susan B. Anthony

On February 15, 1820 Susan Brownwell Anthony was born in Adams, Massachusetts, the second of 7 children. Her family moved to Rochester New York when she was seven years old, and it was there she made her home for the rest of her life. Both towns have homes that seek to keep the memory of […]

Valentines for Votes

Valentines for Votes

Send St. Valentine to Plead for Votes Suffragists Bombard President and Congress with Dripping Hearts and Vines The New York Times reported that on February 14, 1916 the Congressional Union, headed by Alice Paul and Lucy Burns sent Valentines to the President and all members of Congress with poems and sticky sweet greetings, urging them […]

One Hundred Years Ago Today, February 3, 1916

One Hundred Years Ago Today, February 3, 1916

Harriot Goes to Kansas One hundred years ago today Long Island resident Harriot Stanton Blatch was tired of waiting for New York to give women the vote, and so announced she was buying another residence in Kansas. Kansas law stated that if a woman owned property in the State for six months she could then vote […]

Suffragist of the Month, February 2016

Suffragist of the Month, February 2016

Isabella Beecher Hooker, 1822 – 1907 Isabella Beecher was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, February 22, 1822 into the famous Beecher family, which included her half-sister and author of the famous anti-slavery story, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe. As a child she was educated mainly in schools run by her sister, Catherine Beecher. In 1841 […]

Thanks, Google!

Thanks, Google!

On January 11 Google formally honored the woman suffrage movement with its opening graphic for all the world to see – a delightful illustration honoring the 131st anniversary of the birth of Alice Paul. Alice Paul was a passionate and outspoken leader in the women suffrage movement in the United States, and was responsible for […]

Suffragist of the Month - January, 2016

Suffragist of the Month – January, 2016

Maud Younger, 1870 – 1936 Like many other dedicated suffragists, Maud Younger came from a very wealthy family, and as a young woman enjoyed a life of ease and elegance. She was born January 10, 1870 and lived in California. On a trip to France she stopped in New York for week’s visit to a […]

Thank You, Legislator Delia De-Riggi Whitton

I would like to thank Nassau County Legislator Delia De-Riggi Whitton of the 11th Legislative District for inviting me to speak to the Nassau County Legislature in Mineola this past Monday, December 21. It offered me a perfect opportunity to inform the legislators about the upcoming centennial celebration in 2017, and to urge them to […]

Elizabeth Cady Stanton Birthday Follow-Up

Elizabeth Cady Stanton Birthday Follow-Up

On November 10, about 60 fourth graders and their teachers from the East Street School in Hicksville, NY celebrated the 200th anniversary of the birth of Elizabeth Cady Stanton by making birthday cards, listening to the wonderful book, Elizabeth Leads the Way, and enjoying a delicious snack. The cards were then sent to the Women’s Rights National Historic […]

GREAT NEWS!

Something else to be thankful for – I’m thrilled to announce that on Saturday Governor Cuomo signed into law the creation of a commission to celebrate the centennial of New York women winning the right to vote. Thanks to all who supported the effort – it couldn’t have happened without you. Now the hard work can […]

A Call to Action!

The Long Island Woman Suffrage Association is joining with other groups throughout NY State urging Governor Cuomo to sign into law the bill to create a New York State Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission. As you might remember, the bill passed unanimously in both houses of the NY State Legislature earlier this year. Please consider signing […]

Happy Birthday, Elizabeth Cady Stanton!

Happy Birthday, Elizabeth Cady Stanton!

Today marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, one of the leaders of the woman suffrage movement, and on Tuesday, in celebration, the fourth-graders of East Street School in Hicksville, New York created delightful birthday cards to commemorate the day. Fifty-seven children listened attentively to a reading of the wonderful children’s book, Elizabeth Leads […]