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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, […]

One Hundred Years Ago Today

One Hundred Years Ago Today

November 9, 1914, One hundred years ago today The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported that, after viewing the election returns, the suffragists were able to re-write the map of suffrage states to include Montana and Nevada. Dr. Ana Shaw confidently predicted that “in ten years the entire country will be won for equal suffrage.” Happily, we […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]