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Suffragist of the Month – December, 2016

Edna Buckman Kearns, 1882 – 1934 No work illustrates the effectiveness of a grass roots campaign as well as that of Edna Buckman Kearns. Not only did Edna labor to bring the campaign for woman suffrage to all Long Islanders via her work as editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, she also passed on the suffrage fervor […]

Suffragist of the Month, November 2016

Suffragist of the Month, November 2016

Florence Gibb Pratt, 1872 – 1935 Florence Gibb was born in Brooklyn, on November 3, 1872, into what would be a family of eleven children. Her father John Gibb had emigrated from Scotland, and was a wealthy merchant who imported lace and upholstery. Her mother, Harriet Balsdon, was born in England and died when Florence […]

Voters Gather at Susan B. Anthony’s Grave in Rochester

Voters Gather at Susan B. Anthony’s Grave in Rochester

Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, NY is usually a quiet, reflective place. But on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 Mount Hope Cemetery was anything but quiet, as hundreds of people made their way up the cobbled path to pay their respects to one of its most famous residents, Susan B. Anthony. Susan B. Anthony worked her […]

Long Island Woman Suffrage Centennial Conference a Huge Success

Long Island Woman Suffrage Centennial Conference a Huge Success

  The Long Island Woman Suffrage Centennial Conference held yesterday, November 5, was a huge success.  Over forty people – teachers, historians, members of the League of Women Voters, and those just interested in celebrating the triumph of woman suffrage – met at the Walt Whitman Birthplace Center in Huntington Station to listen to speakers, […]

Celebrating Suffrage Through Song

The University of Rochester, NY’s woman’s chorus will perform at the Women’s Rights National Park in Seneca Falls, tomorrow, October 22 to express “woman suffrage through song.” Included will be “Suffrage Song,” the rally song sung at the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848. With the historic upcoming election only weeks away the music is particularly […]

Suffragist of the Month, October, 2016

Suffragist of the Month, October, 2016

Abigail Jane Scott Duniway, 1834 – 1915 Abigail Jane Scott was born October 22, 1834 in Groveland, Illinois into a large, poor farm family; as a child she received little schooling. In 1852 her parents moved the family by wagon train to Oregon, a trip that sadly proved fatal for her mother and younger brother. Once […]

One Hundred Years Ago Today – October 1, 1916

Suffrage Autoists Motor 10, 700 Miles On October 1, 1916 the New York Times reported the triumphant return to New York City of two suffragists, Mrs. Alice Snitje Burke, and Miss Nell Richardson, along with their black cat Saxon, from a 10,700 mile journey across the United States to campaign for suffrage. The Times reported […]

Second Annual Suffrage Centennial Conference

The New York Cultural Heritage Tourism Network is holding another conference in Seneca Falls, Friday, October 7, 2016 to discuss plans for celebrating next year’s centennial of NY women winning the vote. Last  year’s conference was a huge success; this year the keynote speaker is Lieutenant Governor and Chair of the New York State Woman […]

Suffrage Centennial Conference

Join us on Saturday, November 5, 2016, 9:30am – 2:30pm at the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site, 246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station, NY 11746, (631) 427-5240 – For directions, please log onto their website. Presented by: The Long Island Woman Suffrage Association, Inc. Generously Funded by a Vision Grant from: New York Council for the Humanities Next […]

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 […]