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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…

Woman Suffrage Around the World

Woman Suffrage Around the World

My husband and I just returned from a trip to beautiful France, Germany and Switzerland. While we enjoyed the sights, touring historic castles and cathedrals, it will come as no surprise to my readers that I was also curious about the history of the woman suffrage movement in those countries. Although the struggle for woman […]

Suffrage March a Great Success!

Suffrage March a Great Success!

Our Suffrage Parade to celebrate the beginning of Women’s History Month was a huge success! Sunday, March 1 found an enthusiastic group of men and women parading in Lake Ronkonkoma. Co-sponsered by the Long Island Women Suffrage Association and the Lake Ronkonkoma Heritage Association, the march was a huge success. After parading down Hawkins Road […]

One Hundred Years Ago Today, January 12, 1915

One Hundred Years Ago Today, January 12, 1915

On January 12, 1915 Washington DC was abuzz with both suffrage proponents and opponents, all gathered to witness another historic vote on an amendment to the Constitution granting women the right to vote. Unfortunately, as we know now, they were not successful, but time for the anti-suffragists was running out. The New York Times reported “Suffragists Lose […]

Newly Discovered Susan B. Anthony Letters Preserved

The New York Times reported today that newly discovered letters exchanged between Susan B. Anthony and fellow suffragist Rachel Foster Avery escaped the danger of being sold at auction, and instead were purchased by the University of Rochester who will digitize and preserve them in their Susan B. Anthony collection. Rachel Foster Avery and Susan […]

Mary Louise Booth Home May Join Historic Site Lists

Mary Louise Booth Home May Join Historic Site Lists

The office of New York State Parks recently announced the nomination of the home of noted suffragist and abolitionist Mary Louse Booth for placement on the federal and state registers of historic places, one of twenty-two sites so designated. The house is located Main Street in Yaphank. The announcement read: Mary Louise Booth Girlhood House, Yaphank […]

A Sad Anniversary – November 15th, The Night of Terror

Today, November 15 marks the 97th anniversary of a very dark day in the history of the woman suffrage movement. It is the anniversary of the “Night of Terror,” a night of beatings and torture endured by the suffragists in the Occoquan Prison in Virginia. As reported on the Turning Point Memorial website: In 1917, […]