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A Merry Suffrage Christmas!

A Merry Suffrage Christmas!

Today we think of postcards as flimsy bits of paper sent primarily from vacation destinations, and even that usage has changed recently in favor of texting, or sending home digital emails and photographs. But during the woman suffrage movement era the postcard was a popular device that was widely used to document political movements, while […]

The Gift of Recognition

The Gift of Recognition

There are hundreds, perhaps thousands of statues throughout our country recognizing the work and achievements of men, but not many celebrating the historic contributions of women. That seems to be about to change. Here are four examples of such statues that  are in the process of being created to celebrate the ratification of the 19th […]

Giving Thanks For Those Who Help Us Celebrate Suffrage

Giving Thanks For Those Who Help Us Celebrate Suffrage

One of the best things about the upcoming centennial celebration of woman winning the vote is the new books that are gradually emerging for both adults and children. New to our Women’s History Bookshelf is a delightful new picture book by New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, illustrated by Maira Kalman, Bold and Brave: Ten Heroes who […]

Suffragist of the Month, November 2018

Suffragist of the Month, November 2018

In a break from my traditional celebration of an individual for Suffragist of the Month, this month we celebrate all the women who ran for office this midterm election. Some won, some lost, but all exhibited the same courage and stamina of the suffragists, and all should be celebrated. We began on November 5th with […]

Sammis Celebration Update

The celebration of the centennial of Ida Bunce Sammis’ election to the NY State Assembly will be Monday, November 5, 2018 at 10:30am, at 70 Main Street, Huntington, NY. Previous post omitted the time.  Please note time and date, and join us!

Remember the Triangle Fire!

Remember the Triangle Fire!

  The Long Island Woman Suffrage Association has become a Participating Organization with the Remember The Triangle Fire Coalition, an organization that strives to remember and honor those who died in the horrendous fire on March 25,1911. One hundred forty-six mostly young immigrant women, died when they discovered the doors were locked, and the fire […]

Suffragist of the Month - October, 2018

Suffragist of the Month – October, 2018

Pauline Newman, 1890 – 1986 Pauline Newman was first and foremost a labor organizer whose childhood spent in the sweatshops of lower Manhattan showed her first-hand the need for working women to organize and lobby for higher wages, better working conditions and restrictions on child labor. But she was also a suffragist, who believed the […]

America's First Woman Voter- Deborah Dunch Moody

America’s First Woman Voter- Deborah Dunch Moody

As we approach another election day we might do well to remember a strong-willed and brave immigrant who was the first woman known to vote in the New World – Deborah Dunch Moody. Deborah was born around 1586 in Wiltshire, England to a wealthy and influential family. Her father was a member of Parliament; her grandfather […]

The League of Women Voters in action.
L to R ; Pat Maher, Jane Thomas, Mona Morris, Pat McCormick, Antonia Petrash

Celebrating Constitution Day & Citizenship Day!

Today, as we celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, I was privileged to join with fellow members of the League of Women Voters at Sagamore Hill, home of Theodore Roosevelt, a National Historic Site, to witness the swearing in of forty-six new citizens, originally from twenty-seven different countries. After they were sworn in the League […]

Suffragist of the Month - September, 2018

Suffragist of the Month – September, 2018

Sara Bard Field, 1882 – 1974 Sara Bard Field was born September 1, 1882 in Cincinnati, Ohio, to George Bard Field and Annie Jenkins; the family would eventually consist of five children. Her father was a staunch Baptist and imposed his iron will on his children; he refused to allow Sara to attend college because […]

Happy Women’s Equality Day, August 26th!

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 […]

Suffragist of the Month - August, 2018

Suffragist of the Month – August, 2018

Eunice Dana Brannan, 1854 – 1936 On November 10, 1917, forty women representing the National Woman’s Party picketed the White House gates, protesting their lack of the right to vote. Although their actions were peaceful and legal, they were arrested, and four days later taken to a rough workhouse, Occoquan Prison, in Virginia, where they […]

Happy Birthday, Inez Milholland!

Today, August 6, marks the 132nd birthday of the courageous suffragist, Inez Milholland Boisssevain, 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 […]

The Woman’s Hour

The Woman’s Hour

The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote By Elaine Weiss I just finished this enthralling book which tells in detail of the last six weeks of the journey to ratification of the 19th Amendment, set in the thirty-sixth state to consider it, Tennessee. (If it did not pass in Tennessee it would […]

A National Collaboration for Women's History

A National Collaboration for Women’s History

The Long Island Woman Suffrage Association has joined the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites, an organization which “supports and promotes the preservation and interpretation of sites and locales that bear witness to women’s participation in American life. The Collaborative makes women’s contributions to history visible, so that all women’s experiences and potential are fully […]