Suffragist of the Month

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 […]