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Thank You, Legislator Delia De-Riggi Whitton

I would like to thank Nassau County Legislator Delia De-Riggi Whitton of the 11th Legislative District for inviting me to speak to the Nassau County Legislature in Mineola this past Monday, December 21. It offered me a perfect opportunity to inform the legislators about the upcoming centennial celebration in 2017, and to urge them to […]

Saudi Women Vote for the First Time

A rare and wonderful milestone was reached last week in the suffrage world when Saudi Arabia allowed women to vote and run for office for the first time. The New York Times reported: A small minority of Saudi citizens went to the polls on Saturday for a rare exercise in democracy, or at least its […]

Elizabeth Cady Stanton Birthday Follow-Up

Elizabeth Cady Stanton Birthday Follow-Up

On November 10, about 60 fourth graders and their teachers from the East Street School in Hicksville, NY celebrated the 200th anniversary of the birth of Elizabeth Cady Stanton by making birthday cards, listening to the wonderful book, Elizabeth Leads the Way, and enjoying a delicious snack. The cards were then sent to the Women’s Rights National Historic […]

GREAT NEWS!

Something else to be thankful for – I’m thrilled to announce that on Saturday Governor Cuomo signed into law the creation of a commission to celebrate the centennial of New York women winning the right to vote. Thanks to all who supported the effort – it couldn’t have happened without you. Now the hard work can […]

A Call to Action!

The Long Island Woman Suffrage Association is joining with other groups throughout NY State urging Governor Cuomo to sign into law the bill to create a New York State Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission. As you might remember, the bill passed unanimously in both houses of the NY State Legislature earlier this year. Please consider signing […]

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 […]

Suffragist of the Month - November, 2015

Suffragist of the Month – November, 2015

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1915 – 1902 Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born November 12, 1815 in Johnstown, NY, one of eleven children (six of them died before adulthood). Her father was a prominent attorney and judge in the town. Elizabeth would often visit him in his office where she learned at an early age that women, […]

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 […]

Suffragist of the Month – October, 2015

Abigail Scott Duniway, 1834 – 1915 We sometimes forget that the struggle for woman suffrage was nation-wide. Some western states extended suffrage to women in the mid-19th century, (Wyoming in 1869, Colorado in 1893, Utah in 1896) but others dragged their feet for years, thus necessitating an active movement throughout the west as well. Abigail […]

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 […]

Suffragist of the Month - September 2015

Suffragist of the Month – September 2015

Mary Church Terrell, 1863 – 1954 The efforts of African-American women in the woman suffrage movement are often overlooked, sometimes because there were not as many involved, but also because many often faced blatant discrimination from leading white suffragists. But a firm belief in the importance of the vote for black women as well as […]

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) […]