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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 […]

Traveling for Suffrage Part 2

My good friend Marguerite Kearns has published a wonderful article on the New York History blog about three women who traveled around Long Island by wagon to spread the suffrage message. The three Wagon Women were Rosalie Gardiner Jones, Elisabeth Freeman and Marguerite’s grandmother, Edna Buckman Kearns. We are so grateful to Marguerite for keeping […]

Traveling for Suffrage

Traveling for Suffrage

For an insightful and exciting look at different transportation methods used by suffragists, log on to Traveling for Suffrage, at the American History blog of the Smithsonian. http://blog.americanhistory.si.edu. The series of four articles offers some wonderful photographs, as well as a small trove of information on how the suffragists spread their message using the transportation tools […]

Honors for the Suffrage Cause

Honors for the Suffrage Cause

I was honored Wednesday March 26 to receive a Citation from New York State Assemblyman Charles Levine of Glen Cove, delivered by his Chief of Staff, Tara Butler-Sahai for my work in recounting and remembering the woman suffrage movement. The award was made during my presentation at the Bryant Library in Roslyn, New York about […]

Rosalie Gardiner Jones – Film Clip shows her March to Washington, DC

Thanks to my friend, Natalie Naylor for telling me about this site where you can see a wonderful film clip of Rosalie Gardiner Jones leading a contingent of suffragists on a march to Washington DC, in late February of 1913. This march followed soon after the group’s march to Albany, which had taken them over […]

Woman Suffrage Celebration at the Suffolk County Historical Society a Huge Success!

The spirit of our woman suffrage leaders on Long Island is alive and well in Suffolk County, witnessed by the wonderful celebratory tea held yesterday at the Suffolk County Historical Society. Presented by the Islip area branch of the AAUW (American Association of University Women), the Historical Society hosted over eighty women who came to […]

February 15th – Happy Birthday Susan B. Anthony

While researching my book, Long Island and the Woman Suffrage Movement, I came across the memoirs of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Eighty Years and More, and, much to my surprise I discovered that both she and Susan B. Anthony had vacationed quite often in my home town, about one mile from my home. She tells of […]

February 15th - Anniversary of Suffragist Monument, depicting Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucretia Mott, sculpted by Adelaide Johnson, is dedicated at the U.S. Capitol

February 15th – Anniversary of Suffragist Monument, depicting Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucretia Mott, sculpted by Adelaide Johnson, is dedicated at the U.S. Capitol

  This group portrait monument to the pioneers of the woman suffrage movement was sculpted by Adelaide Johnson (1859-1955) from an 8-ton block of marble in Carrara, Italy. Commissioned by Alva Vanderbilt Belmont, the monument features portrait busts of three leaders of the woman suffrage movement: Elizabeth Cady Stanton (left), Susan B. Anthony (rear, right), […]

Theodore Roosevelt Changes His Mind About Suffrage

September 8th marked the 96th anniversary of the historic day that Theodore Roosevelt invited suffrage leaders to his home at Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay to reiterate his whole-hearted support for the woman suffrage movement. New York women had lost their bid for the vote in 1915, and were gearing up to work for passage […]

1909 Gala Suffrage Gathering at Newport Rhode Island

1909 Gala Suffrage Gathering at Newport Rhode Island

August 23 marks the 104th anniversary of the gala open-house held at Marble House in Newport, Rhode Island, home of prominent and wealthy suffragist, Alva Vanderbilt Belmont. (photo below). It was one of the first open-air meetings promoting suffrage to be held in the staid, conservative community. The New York Times reported that the featured speaker […]