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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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), […]