Suffragist of the Month

Suffragist of The Month - October

Suffragist of The Month – October

Belva Ann Lockwood 1830 – 1917  Today, in October of 2014 with three women sitting on the Supreme Court it seems unbelievable that until 1879 women attorneys (of which there were few) were not even permitted to present cases before the Supreme Court. Women were discouraged from becoming attorneys, since most law schools would not […]

Suffragist of the Month - September

Suffragist of the Month – September

Jane Addams 1860 – 1935   Laura Jane Addams was born in Cedarville, Illinois on September 6, 1860 youngest of nine children. Her father was a state senator, and a wealthy industrialist, but her childhood was not without challenges. Her mother died when she was two years old, and two years later she suffered from […]

Suffragist of the Month – August

Lucy Stone August 13, 1818 Lucy Stone represented women active in the early days of the suffrage battle. Born in West Brookfield, MA, in 1818, she first worked for abolition, and later for suffrage. A colleague of both Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, she worked with them at the National Woman Suffrage Association, […]

Suffragist of the Month - July

Suffragist of the Month – July

Sarah J. Smith Thompson Garnet, July 31, 1831 African-American Champion of Voting Rights for Women Sarah Garnet was born on Long Island July 31, 1831 to Sylvanus Smith and Ann Eliza Springsteel Smith.  Her parents were of mixed race, Native-American, black and white, and had lived for a time on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation on […]

Suffragist of the Month - June

Suffragist of the Month – June

Jeanette Rankin Jeanette Rankin is probably best known for being the first woman elected to the United States Congress, but few people know that she began her life of public service as a suffragist, a campaign that helped her hone skills that would carry her to the House of Representatives in Washington in 1916. There […]

Suffragist of the Month -  May

Suffragist of the Month – May

Amelia Jenks Bloomer, May 27, 1818  Amelia Jenks Bloomer is one of my favorite suffragists, not just because she introduced Elizabeth Cady Stanton to Susan B. Anthony, thus providing us with a wonderful team who worked tirelessly together for suffrage for over 50 years, but because of her courage. She first let her voice be […]

Suffragist of The Month - April

Suffragist of The Month – April

Mary Louise Booth Mary Louise Booth was born in Millville, Long Island (later known as Yaphank) April 19, 1831. Her father, William  Booth was the local miller and schoolteacher who believed strongly in the value of education for girls. Through diligent study she became fluent in seven foreign languages and later, when her father became […]

Suffragist of the Month  - March

Suffragist of the Month – March

Matilda Joslyn Gage Matilda Joslyn Gage was born on March 24, 1826 in Cicero, New York. Her father, a physician and scholar, educated her from her early years on legal and social issues, which resulted in her embracing progressive causes from a young age. She was an active abolitionist whose home was a stop on the Underground Railroad […]

Suffragists of the Month, February

Suffragists of the Month, February

Susan B. Anthony   February 15, 1820 marks the birthday of one of the founders of the woman suffrage movement, Susan B. Anthony, and what better place to celebrate it than at the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace and Museum in Adams, Massachusetts. I was privileged to speak there last spring, and was gratified to find that the […]

Suffragist of the Month - January

Suffragist of the Month – January

Carrie Chapman Catt Today marks the birthday of one of the great leaders of the suffrage movement, Carrie Chapman Catt. Born January 9, 1859, Catt was devoted to the suffrage cause, and spent most of her life working towards the goal of political equality for all. Catt was not a contemporary of the founders of […]

Suffragists of the Month - December

Suffragists of the Month – December

Harriet Burton Laidlaw, December 16 Harriet Burton Laidlaw of Sands Point, Long Island, was married to banker James Lees Laidlaw, and could have enjoyed a carefree life of luxury and ease. She chose instead to work for suffrage, travelling across the Island and around the region, making speeches and organizing demonstrations and parades.(Photo at left […]

Suffragist of the Month - Dorothy Day, November 8

Suffragist of the Month – Dorothy Day, November 8

When one mentions Dorothy Day, one thinks automatically of the Catholic Worker Movement, the religious organization that she founded to help alleviate poverty and injustice. But few people know that Dorothy Day was also a committed suffragist who endured torture and mistreatment at the hands of the jailors in Occoquan Prison in Virginia after being […]

Suffragist of the Month - October

Suffragist of the Month – October

Helen Deming Sherman Pratt, Birthday, October 21 If you live in Glen Cove or its surrounding towns it is hard not to know about the Pratt family; Charles Pratt was a partner in Standard Oil with John D. Rockefeller, and settled in Glen Cove with his wife and eight children where he built a complex […]

Suffragist of the Month - September 2013

Suffragist of the Month – September 2013

My research on Long Island suffragists led me to discover so many other wonderful women, many of whom worked closely with the Long Islanders in their long battle for political equality. I think it is only fitting to remember these heroic women as well, and celebrating their birthday helps to keep the memory of them, […]

Elisabeth Freeman

Elisabeth Freeman

 Elisabeth Freeman was born in England and raised in the United States. She returned to England as an adult to join the work of British suffrage leader Emmeline Pankhurst,  and while she disapproved of the British suffragettes’ more militant tactics, she admired their fighting spirit.  She spent much time on Long Island, working with close […]