Writer Antonia Petrash has lots of suffrage stories to tell

Suffrage pageant on Long Island. Photo: Library of Congress

There’s a new audio feature on Votes for Women Salon, a special feature of Suffrage Wagon News Channel: an interview with Antonia Petrash who speaks about her upcoming book about the Long Island suffrage movement. The book is expected to be published in 2013 by  The History Press.

Grandmother Edna Kearns will be featured in Antonia’s work as someone significantly contributing to the suffrage movement because of her focus on the news media. Antonia has other stories to share with listeners in this Votes for Women Salon podcast special. Many of the interview selections are one minute or less. Listen when you have a break in your busy schedule.

Find out the story of the day when Susan B. Anthony met Elisabeth Cady Stanton. What the suffrage movement was like on Long Island. Remarkable New York women, and more. Click on the link above for Votes for Women Salon, a special feature of Suffrage Wagon News Channel.

News from other places: In the Bahamas, there’s a suffrage celebration. A suff mural in Canada. The Canadians are strong in the promotion of history, and the U.S. could gather a few tips from their example. Especially this Canadian model of Strong Girls/Strong Canada!

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13 responses to “Writer Antonia Petrash has lots of suffrage stories to tell

  1. One claim to “first woman to vote under the 19th Amendment” comes from South St. Paul, Minnesota. Women had been able to vote in a 1905 special election in the city of South St. Paul; their votes were not counted, but they were recorded: 46 women and 758 men voted. When word came on August 26, 1920, that the 19th Amendment had been signed into law, South St. Paul quickly scheduled a special election the next morning on a water bond bill, and at 5:30 a.m., eighty women voted.

  2. Wonderful photograph! I look forward to reading the book.

  3. Love this!

  4. I find all sorts of gems on this web site. A new book on suffrage. Great. Let me know when it’s available. I can count on you for that. All the details that never make it to the news.

  5. Thanks for letting me know about the upcoming Long Island suffrage book by Antonia Petrash. I’m looking forward to ordering it for my wife and daughter. They are really into Votes for Women and what it took.

  6. Stories. I love them. Short audio. I like it. Thanks.

  7. I like the short edited audio. It lets me listen while doing other things and absorb it along the way.

  8. Stefan Thorton

    “Women’s suffrage” refers to the right of women to vote and to hold public office. The “women’s suffrage movement” (or “woman suffrage movement”) includes all the organized activities of reformers to change laws that kept women from voting or to add laws and constitutional amendments to guarantee women the right to vote.

  9. ABC News on Campus reporter Candace Smith blogs: On this day, 90 years ago, the 19th Amendment became law, allowing women in the United States to vote. That fall, in the presidential elections, even with their newfound suffrage, women still turned out in fewer numbers than men. Nowadays, women, especially young women, turn out to vote in higher numbers than men. In fact, in 2008, almost 55 percent of women ages 18 – 22 voted in the presidential election, about 8 percentage points more than men of the same age group, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Since the eighties, voter turnout for women of all ages has been higher than for their male counterparts according to the Center for American Women and Politics. “It’s great to see young women voting in higher numbers than their male counterparts. Hopefully this trend will continue and young women can build upon the work of the incredible women that came before them,” said Sara Haile-Mariam, a spokesperson for Campus Progressive, a group within the Center for American Progress. But will the trend continue as we head into primary season? We want to know: Do YOU vote? And if not, why?

  10. It is debatable how much effect the suffragette movement had on bringing about changes in voting laws. Some believe the movement’s militancy made the Government more intransigent. Others say the 1918 Act was passed as a reward for women’s efforts during the war rather than anything the suffragettes did. There is no doubt, however, that the suffragettes raised the profile of the issue of women’s votes to that of national consideration.

  11. i love this.

  12. When it comes to women’s issues, it appears as women – especially younger women – will take a hard look at the issues before casting their votes this fall.

  13. I’m always interested in your take on what’s happening with this part of American history.

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