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Happy Birthday, Inez Milholland Boissevain

Today, August 6 marks the 136th birthday of the courageous suffragist, Inez Milholland Boissevain, 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 their time in London, where […]

HAPPY JUNE 4TH!

Today, June 4, marks an important day in the struggle for woman suffrage – the day in 1919 that the US Senate finally passed the Woman Suffrage Amendment, granting all women throughout the United States the right to vote. On January 10, 1918 the House of Representatives passed the Woman Suffrage Amendment by a count of […]

Woman of the Month – May, 2022

Amelia Jenks Bloomer, 1818 – 1894  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 […]

THE “SUFFS” COME TO OFF-BROADWAY!

The story of the heroic work of Alice Paul and her fellow suffragists comes to life in an ambitious new musical created by Shaina Taub, who wrote the music, lyrics and book, and also stars as Alice Paul herself. Taub’s musical at the Public Newman Theater tells the story of the woman suffrage movement in […]

Port Jefferson Women’s History Month Exhibit

In celebration of Women’s History Month the Village of Port Jefferson is currently running a show through March at the Village Center celebrating Woman Suffrage.. The exhibit also celebrates the work of costume specialist Nan Guzzetta, who shall always be remembered for her devotion to helping historians bring the people of the past to life […]

Remarkable Woman of the Month, February 2022

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 […]

Happy Birthday, Carrie Chapman Catt

Happy Birthday, Carrie Chapman Catt

On a cold November morning in 1872, in a farmhouse outside Charles City, Iowa, a drama unfolded that would change the course of history.  Thirteen-year-old Carrie Lane was breakfasting with her family when her father and their hired hand rose from the table and reached for their coats. They were going into the city to […]

Remarkable Woman of the Month – October 2021

Belva Ann Lockwood 1830 – 1917 Today, in October of 2021, with four women sitting on the Supreme Court it seems unbelievable that until 1879 women attorneys (of which there were few) were not even permitted to present cases before the Supreme Court. Women were discouraged from becoming attorneys, since most law schools would not […]

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. After seventy-two years […]

An Unfinished Revolution Released!

An Unfinished Revolution Released!

We are pleased to announce the release of an exciting new family memoir by author Marguerite Kearns, An Unfinished Revolution: Edna Buckman Kearns And the Struggle for Women’s Rights As granddaughter of noted suffragist Edna Buckman Kearns, (of Rockville Center) Ms. Kearns fills an enormous gap about how voting rights activism on the local, state […]

Historic Marker Honoring Suffragist Unveiled!

Historic Marker Honoring Suffragist Unveiled!

An historic marker honoring suffragist Edna Buckman Kearns of Rockville Centre was unveiled today on the boardwalk in Long Beach where she had demonstrated for women’s right to vote over one hundred years ago. The installation of the marker represented years of effort by several groups, including the Long Island Woman Suffrage Association. Her granddaughter, […]

Remarkable New York Women

Remarkable New York Women

Betty Gillies, 1908 – 1998 As Memorial Day approaches our thoughts turn to honoring those who have sacrificed to protect our American way of life, and no group illustrates this more perfectly than the Woman Airforce Service Pilots, known as the WASP. The WASP was an elite cadre of experienced women pilots recruited by the […]

An Inside Look at the Real Woman Suffrage Movement

We look forward to the release of an exciting new family memoir by author Marguerite Kearns, An Unfinished Revolution: Edna Buckman Kearns and the Struggle for Women’s Rights. As granddaughter of noted suffragist Edna Buckman Kearns, (of Rockville Center) Ms. Kearns fills in an enormous gap about how voting rights activism on the local, state […]

NEWSDAY HONORS DR. NATALIE NAYLOR!

NEWSDAY HONORS DR. NATALIE NAYLOR!

Newsday readers have a treat in Sunday’s paper – an article honoring my good friend Dr. Natalie Naylor. Dr. Naylor taught at Hofstra University for 32 years, and is the author of several books and many articles about remarkable women in Long Island’s history. Her latest book, Women In Long Island’s Past features information about […]

March is Women’s History Month!

Hopefully we will soon reach the day when the celebration of women’s history is not limited to one month, but is celebrated throughout the entire year, marking no difference from men’s – “People’s history” it might be called. But until then we can’t resist this opportunity to use this month to celebrate the special women […]