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 […]

Suffrage Surprises: Did You Know? Part II

I know you all read every word of my posts, :),  so I should clarify a statement I made in the most recent. When listing the dates that states allowed women to vote I should have made it clear that New Jersey women had to wait with Pennsylvania and Ohio women for full suffrage. Both Indiana and […]

Suffrage Surprises: Did You Know?

Travelling throughout the country is both relaxing and stimulating, and leads to curiosity about the history of woman suffrage in other states which invariably leads to interesting surprises. We in New York are planning to celebrate our centennial in 2017, but the state of Illinois was way ahead of us. Thanks to the hard work […]

Suffragist of the Month, August 2016

Inez Milholland Bossevain Saturday, August 6 marks the 130th birthday of the courageous suffragist, Inez Milholland Bossevain,  whose early death while campaigning for suffrage  resulted in her being hailed as a “martyr” for the cause. Inez was born August 6, 1886 to a wealthy, progressive family in Brooklyn, New York. Her family spent much of […]

History in the Making!

Today, July 26, 2016 marks an historic day for our country, as Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first woman to be officially nominated for President of the United States. At the roll-call vote at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this evening she received the requisite number of votes, 2384, to clinch the nomination. Whatever your […]

100 Years Ago Today, July 24, 1916

On a hot summer day in 1916 a delegation of woman suffragists called on President Wilson to tell him a “large number of women voters” were waiting to decide for whom they would vote, and wanted to know how he and Charles E. Hughes, the Republican nominee who opposed him, stood on the Susan B. Anthony Constitutional […]

Let’s Celebrate 168 Years Ago Today!

Wesleyan Chapel, Seneca Falls, home to the first Women’s Rights Convention, July 19, 20, 1848. On a warm July day In 1848 in Waterloo, New York, five quite ordinary women gathered around a tea table in Jane Hunt’s parlor in to discuss their dissatisfaction with woman’s life in general. Jane was joined by Quakers Lucretia […]

Suffragist of the Month - July, 2016

Suffragist of the Month – July, 2016

Alice Duer Miller, 1874 – 1942   I’m in a hard position for a perfect gentleman, I want to please the ladies, but I don’t see how I can. My present wife’s a suffragist, and counts on my support, But my mother is an anti, of a rather biting sort; One grandmother is on the […]

Good News for the Long Island Woman Suffrage Association, Inc.

I am thrilled to announce that The Long Island Woman Suffrage Association, Inc. has just recently received 501(c)3 tax exempt status. This means we can accept donations and apply for grants. Next year’s centennial is a very important one to the residents of New York, that of New York women finally winning the right to vote, a […]

History in the Making!

History in the Making!

Whatever your political beliefs, this week marked an enormously important historical breakthrough for women in the United States. Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first woman to be nominated for President of the United States from a national political party. She is not the first woman to run for President. Over forty others have tried -Victoria […]

Suffragist of the Month, June 2016

Suffragist of the Month, June 2016

Miriam Folline Leslie 1836 – 1914 Miriam Folline was born in New Orleans on June 3, 1846. After a brief marriage that was annulled in 1856, she spent a year on the stage, and in 1857 married Ephraim G. Squier, who in 1861 became an editor of Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper had […]

The Colors of Suffrage

The Colors of Suffrage

Anyone who has studied the woman suffrage movement, both in the United States and Great Britain, might be curious about the ubiquitous presence of the colors purple, white and gold. These were the official colors of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in Britain, and were later adopted by Alice Paul and the National […]

A Memorable Memorial Day Parade!

A Memorable Memorial Day Parade!

The threat of rain did not stop our brave band of suffragists from marching in the Glen Cove Memorial Day parade yesterday, and we were amply rewarded with cheers and waves from enthusiastic crowds that lined the streets. For many this parade was an introduction to our group, formed to celebrate the centennial of women […]

My New Book - Hot Off the Press!

My New Book – Hot Off the Press!

My new book, New York’s Remarkable Women: Daughters, Wives, Sisters and Mothers who Shaped History has just been issued by the Globe Pequot Press. This book is a second edition of my first book, More Than Petticoats: Remarkable New York Women, published in 2000. The chapters have been updated, with two new chapters added. The book is […]