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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 […]

                                                              Thank You, Newsday!

Thank You, Newsday!

Yesterday, March 23, 2014 Long Island’s premiere newspaper Newsday published a wonderful article about my book, and the suffrage movement on Long Island in the Long Island Life section. Both writer, Bill Bleyer, and photographer, Audrey Tiernan worked very hard and produced a wonderful article that featured my book, and also mentioned Natalie Naylor’s impressive […]

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 […]

Suffrage Celebration in Northport Celebrating the Life of Victoria Woodhull

Northport, Long Island staged a wonderful parade and celebration for Women’s History Month yesterday, March 20, celebrating both the woman suffrage movement and the life of Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president in 1872. The Lake Ronkonkoma Heritage Association conducted a small parade of men and women in historic costumes, following an […]

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), […]

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 […]

The Massachusetts Connecton

The Massachusetts Connecton

Last weekend I was privileged to speak at the Phinehas S. Newton Library in Royalston, MA, which offered me the chance to explore the lives of some wonderful Massachusetts suffragists. Although my research has concentrated primarily on women from New York and Long Island, New York women certainly did not corner the market on devotion […]

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 […]

Posters from Harvard’s Radcliff Institute Schlesinger Library Capture the Spirit of the Movement

Leaders of the woman suffrage movement were well aware of the importance of the visual when promoting their cause, and to this end relied on colorful pamphlets, pennants, and, especially posters to catch the public’s attention and hopefully, support. Many of these items have disappeared from the public view, either because they were destroyed by […]