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Suffragists of the Month, May & June, 2017

Suffragists of the Month, May & June, 2017

Julia Evelina Smith, 1792 – 1886 Abby Hadassah Smith, 1797 – 1878 Julia Evelina Smith (May 27, 1792, left in photo) and her sister, Abby Hadassah Smith (June 1, 1797) were born in Glastonbury, Connecticut, fourth and fifth of five daughters. Their parents, Hannah and Zephaniah shared the unusual belief that education for girls should […]

History Day Contest Winners Have Done it Again!

The Long Island Woman Suffrage Association is proud to announce that Julia Klayman and Ariella Ziarno, from the Woodmere Middle School, who won our sponsored regional History Day award March 19th have done it again! On April 24th they competed at the State level, and won! They now move on to the National level, with […]

Girl Scouts Create a Suffrage Patch

Girl Scouts Create a Suffrage Patch

Governor Andrew Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul announced last month a new Girl Scouts patch celebrating the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York. Women in New York gained the right to vote in 1917, three years before the 19th amendment granted suffrage to women across the United States. The patch program is a partnership […]

Suffragist of The Month -  April, 2017

Suffragist of The Month – April, 2017

Mary Eliza Mahoney, 1845 – 1926 Mary Eliza Mahoney was born April , 1845 (some references give May 7) in Dorchester, Massachusetts; her parents were freed slaves who had moved from North Carolina to seek a better life for their family. One of three children, Mary attended an integrated school, and dreamed of becoming a […]

Shoreham Receives Suffrage Movement Recognition!

Shoreham Receives Suffrage Movement Recognition!

Congratulations to the American Association of University Women, the Islip area branch, for their success at establishing the beginning of the Suffrage Trail on Long Island, documenting places where suffragists lived and worked.  On Saturday, April 1, 2017, AAUW Vice-President  Nancy Mion welcomed AAUW members, local dignitaries and Coline Jenkins, great-great- granddaughter of suffrage leader Elizabeth Cady […]

Long Island Woman Suffrage Association Sponsors Two Awards

Long Island Woman Suffrage Association Sponsors Two Awards

The Long Island Woman Suffrage Association was honored to sponsor two awards at the Long Island History Day competition, held this year on March 19 at Hofstra University. The theme this year was “Taking a Stand.” Julia Klayman and Ariella Ziarno, from the Woodmere Middle School, won for their Junior Group Exhibit, “Alice Paul: Suffering […]

Suffragist of The Month - March, 2017

Suffragist of The Month – March, 2017

Katrina Ely Tiffany, 1875 – 1927 Katrina Ely Tiffany would seem an unlikely soldier in the suffragist army. She was born March 25, 1875 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, to a comfortable and well-established family. Her father was an engineer who worked on the Pennsylvania Railroad. Her mother, Henrietta Brandes, was the daughter of surgeon Dr. Charles […]

You Are Invited!

Women’s History Month Celebration The North Shore Historical Museum will hold a reception celebrating the New York Suffrage Centennial and honoring Women’s History Month, on Friday, March 3, 2017, at 7pm, 140 Glen Street, Glen Cove, NY. (The Marguerite and Joseph Suozzi building). In addition to items on display from the Long Island Woman Suffrage […]

One Hundred Years Ago Today - February 20, 1917

One Hundred Years Ago Today – February 20, 1917

On February 20, 1917 the New York State Assembly took the first step towards assuring the suffrage amendment would be on the ballot for the fall election by adopting the resolution 124 to 10 votes. That tossed the ball into the court of the State Senate who assured suffragists it would be “reported favorably.” True to its […]

Join Us for a Women's History Month Reception!

Join Us for a Women’s History Month Reception!

Suffragist of the Month - February, 2017

Suffragist of the Month – February, 2017

Katherine Houghton Hepburn, 1878 – 1951 The name Katherine Hepburn usually calls to mind the famous red-headed actress, star of stage and screen who defied contemporary mores and lived life on her own terms. But before her there was another head-strong, fiery-tempered Katherine Hepburn whose passion for equality improved the lives of, not just her […]

Salute to the Marchers of January 2017!

We applaud all who are marching today, both in person and in spirit. It is so gratifying to see a peaceful demonstration, not against anyone or thing, but for peace, equality, and freedom of speech. They march in the spirit of their suffrage ancestors, literally in their footsteps. Our good friend Marguerite Kearns of the Suffrage […]

One Hundred Years Ago Today, January 19, 1917

One Hundred Years Ago Today, January 19, 1917

It seems the suffrage leaders in my home town of Glen Cove, Long Island, were busy on this day in 1917.  The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported that the first anniversary luncheon of the Glen Cove Equal Suffrage Club was celebrated at Pembroke, a lovely estate on Red Spring Lane, then the home of industrialist Joseph DeLamar, and now […]

One Hundred Years Ago Today - January 10, 1917

One Hundred Years Ago Today – January 10, 1917

  On a cold, blustery January morning in Washington, DC, a dozen otherwise-ordinary women – housewives, secretaries, teachers – left families and comfort zones, defied traditions and customs, and literally changed the world. Before anyone could notice or stop them they had positioned themselves along the gates of the White House, the seat of power […]

Suffragist of the Month – January, 2017

Alva Vanderbilt Belmont, 1853 – 1933 Alva Vanderbilt Belmont was unarguably the most outspoken and controversial advocate for suffrage that the cause itself had ever seen. Some liked her; most respected her; many loathed and avoided her at all cost. But Alva was fearless and loyal, and was not afraid to spend enormous sums of […]