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One Hundred Years Ago Tomorrow

“Christmas Day this year will be the 100th anniversary of a huge memorial service on Capitol Hill for Inez Milholland Boissevain, a New Yorker who died on Nov. 25, 1916. Her death played a crucial role in the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.” Thus begins an excellent article published […]

“Senior Moments” Helps Tell Our Story

Nina and Stu Held are good friends who produce a radio program entitled “Senior Moments” for the Glen Cove Senior Center in my home town of Glen Cove, NY. I was a guest on their show yesterday; the interview will be broadcast next Tuesday, December 20, at noon, on WCWP 88.1FM. It will also be streamed at the […]

Suffragist of the Month - December, 2016

Suffragist of the Month – December, 2016

Edna Buckman Kearns, 1882 – 1934 No work illustrates the effectiveness of a grass roots campaign as well as that of Edna Buckman Kearns. Not only did Edna labor to bring the campaign for woman suffrage to all Long Islanders via her work as editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, she also passed on the suffrage fervor […]

Suffragist of the Month, November 2016

Suffragist of the Month, November 2016

Florence Gibb Pratt, 1872 – 1935 Florence Gibb was born in Brooklyn, on November 3, 1872, into what would be a family of eleven children. Her father John Gibb had emigrated from Scotland, and was a wealthy merchant who imported lace and upholstery. Her mother, Harriet Balsdon, was born in England and died when Florence […]

Voters Gather at Susan B. Anthony’s Grave in Rochester

Voters Gather at Susan B. Anthony’s Grave in Rochester

Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, NY is usually a quiet, reflective place. But on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 Mount Hope Cemetery was anything but quiet, as hundreds of people made their way up the cobbled path to pay their respects to one of its most famous residents, Susan B. Anthony. Susan B. Anthony worked her […]

Long Island Woman Suffrage Centennial Conference a Huge Success

Long Island Woman Suffrage Centennial Conference a Huge Success

  The Long Island Woman Suffrage Centennial Conference held yesterday, November 5, was a huge success.  Over forty people – teachers, historians, members of the League of Women Voters, and those just interested in celebrating the triumph of woman suffrage – met at the Walt Whitman Birthplace Center in Huntington Station to listen to speakers, […]

Over Ninety-Year-Olds Very Excited About Voting for Clinton

No matter your political leaning, it is gratifying to read this story about women who were born either before women could vote, or whose Mothers were born before women won that right.  Check out this poignant article from the San Diego Union-Tribune. http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/opinion/the-conversation/sd-woman-born-before-suffrage-era-vote-for-clinton-20161028-htmlstory.html

Celebrating Suffrage Through Song

The University of Rochester, NY’s woman’s chorus will perform at the Women’s Rights National Park in Seneca Falls, tomorrow, October 22 to express “woman suffrage through song.” Included will be “Suffrage Song,” the rally song sung at the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848. With the historic upcoming election only weeks away the music is particularly […]

Suffrage Centennial Conference Reminder

If you haven’t registered for the Suffrage Centennial Conference please do so as soon as possible. The conference will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2016, 9:30am – 2:30pm at the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site, 246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station, NY 11746, (631) 427-5240 – For directions, please log onto their website. Presented by the Long Island […]

Suffragist of the Month, October, 2016

Suffragist of the Month, October, 2016

Abigail Jane Scott Duniway, 1834 – 1915 Abigail Jane Scott was born October 22, 1834 in Groveland, Illinois into a large, poor farm family; as a child she received little schooling. In 1852 her parents moved the family by wagon train to Oregon, a trip that sadly proved fatal for her mother and younger brother. Once […]

One Hundred Years Ago Today – October 1, 1916

Suffrage Autoists Motor 10, 700 Miles On October 1, 1916 the New York Times reported the triumphant return to New York City of two suffragists, Mrs. Alice Snitje Burke, and Miss Nell Richardson, along with their black cat Saxon, from a 10,700 mile journey across the United States to campaign for suffrage. The Times reported […]

Second Annual Suffrage Centennial Conference

The New York Cultural Heritage Tourism Network is holding another conference in Seneca Falls, Friday, October 7, 2016 to discuss plans for celebrating next year’s centennial of NY women winning the vote. Last  year’s conference was a huge success; this year the keynote speaker is Lieutenant Governor and Chair of the New York State Woman […]

Suffrage Centennial Conference

Join us on Saturday, November 5, 2016, 9:30am – 2:30pm at the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site, 246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station, NY 11746, (631) 427-5240 – For directions, please log onto their website. Presented by: The Long Island Woman Suffrage Association, Inc. Generously Funded by a Vision Grant from: New York Council for the Humanities Next […]

Suffragist of the Month, September, 2016

Suffragist of the Month, September, 2016

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, 1825 – 1911 Frances Ellen Watkins was born September 24, 1825 to free black parents in the slave state of Maryland. Her mother died when she was two years old, and she was raised by an aunt and uncle. She attended her uncle’s school for free black children until the age of […]

Happy Women's Equality Day!

Happy Women’s Equality Day!

Today, August 26th we celebrate Women’s Equality Day, the day the 19th Amendment granting all women in the United States the right to vote was finally made part of the US Constitution. The designation of August 26th as Women’s Equality Day was proposed in 1971 by Bella Abzug, representative from the 19th Congressional District in Manhattan, and has […]