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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

One Hundred Years Ago Today       –      November 2, 1915

One Hundred Years Ago Today – November 2, 1915

On the eve of Election Day we remember another election day, November 2, 1915. That day New York State voters made their feeling known about the passage of an amendment to the State’s Constitution granting women the right to vote, and the news was not good. Despite years of campaigning, speaking, writing, petitioning and marching […]

One Hundred Years Ago today - October 23, 1915

One Hundred Years Ago today – October 23, 1915

New York City Suffrage Parade, October 23, 1915 1915 was a pivotal year for the woman suffrage movement in New York State. After years of struggle there was a glimmer of hope that the New York State Legislature would hold a referendum on the adoption of an amendment to the New York State Constitution giving […]

New York Women’s Suffrage Centennial Conference a Great Success!

New York Women’s Suffrage Centennial Conference a Great Success!

The New York Women’s Suffrage Centennial Conference held in Waterloo and Seneca Falls, NY this past week was a great success. Sponsored by the New York Cultural Heritage Tourism Network, it brought together about 60+ like-minded people, all interested in planning for 2017 – a celebration of 100 years of voting for New York women. […]

What a Parade!

What a Parade!

Under bright blue skies, graced by perfect crisp fall weather, thousands both paraded and watched the celebration of Smithtown’s 350th anniversary on Saturday, including representatives of the Long Island Woman Suffrage Association. Along with the Lake Ronkonkoma Heritage Association, we proudly marched down Main Street, carrying our banner and spreading our message, reminding all to celebrate the […]

One Hundred Years Ago Today, August 7, 1915

SUFFRAGE TORCH TO JERSEY TODAY Will Leave New York State, with Ceremonies in Mid-Hudson, at Noon. Then Go On a Tour. The New York Times, August 7, 1915 One hundred years ago today the tugboat W.S. Holbrook sailed from Pier A in North River into New York Harbor, carrying a boatload of determined (sometimes seasick) […]

167 Years Ago Today

167 Years Ago Today

On a warm July day in 1848, in a small town of Waterloo in upstate New York, a group of five women gathered around the tea table in Jane Hunt’s parlor to discuss their dissatisfaction with women’s life in general. While all five shared common frustrations of lack of personal, financial, and political freedom, none was […]

The Suffrage Wagon Rides Again!

The Suffrage Wagon Rides Again!

Marguerite Kearns grandmother’s Suffrage Wagon is again featured in Long Island’s publication, Newsday, today, in a beautiful two-page article by Bill Bleyer. The wagon, dubbed the Spirit of 1776, was used extensively by Rockville Centre suffragist Edna Kearns, who campaigned vigorously for votes for women. Edna was an editor at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, and […]

Last week my daughter Jennifer and I visited the Woodlawn Cemetery in Bronx, New York, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. Designated a National Historic Landmark, the Woodlawn Cemetery is a treasure, a green oasis of quiet beauty dropped in the center of one of the busiest places on earth, and the final resting place for over 300,000 people. While there are many famous men buried there – Irving Berlin, Ralph Bunch, Miles Davis – Jennifer and I came to see the graves of the many suffragists who are buried there. We were not disappointed – when it comes to the graves of suffragists Woodlawn holds the golden ticket.

Susan Olsen, Director of Historic Services, guided us to the graves of several of the “rock stars” of the woman suffrage movement – Carrie Chapman Catt, Alva Vanderbilt Belmont, and for me the most exciting – Elizabeth Cady Stanton and other members of her family, including daughter Harriot Stanton Blatch. But there are others as well, Katherine Duer Mackay (Blake), Mary Garret Hay, Catt’s good friend and companion; Ms. Olsen is working to identify more.

The photo below shows Alva Vanderbilt Belmont’s elaborate mausoleum, with his and her graves for her and second husband Oliver Belmont; many said he was the real love of her life. IMG_1537But the monument to Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a bit of a disappointment to us. Obviously her husband Henry died first, so much of the face of the stone tells of his accomplishments. But the placement of her name at the bottom of the monument seems an afterthought. And if one wants to learn about her accomplishments they are relegated to the side, easy to overlook. For a woman who fought almost her entire life to secure political equality for me, my daughters and all women Jennifer and I both agreed that a small cathedral would not be asking too much.
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Woodlawn Cemetery is easy to get to and welcomes visitors. For further information about this fascinating memorial park, log onto www.thewoodlawncemetery.org.

The suffragists will be waiting…