Monthly Archives: November 2012

Surprise the suffrage buff in your life this holiday season!

GUEST BLOGGER Ken Florey describes the background of writing his book in a special column for Suffrage Wagon News Channel. See his special blog posting.

Women’s Suffrage Memorabilia: An Illustrated Historical Study by Kenneth Florey will be published by McFarland Press in April/May of 2013. Order now and give as a holiday gift. This gift idea doesn’t have instant gratification, but it has substance guaranteed to last throughout the year.Women’s Suffrage Memorabilia: An Illustrated Historical Study, consists of a discussion of over 70 different types of memorabilia produced by activists to promote the cause, including postcards, buttons, ribbons, sashes, sheet music, china, and toys and games. The book relies on numerous period references to discuss the importance of memorabilia to the movement, and includes fascinating stories about individual objects. With over 215 photographs, many in color, this work is intended for suffrage buffs, as well as collectors and historians.

Book highlights include stories, in particular the suffrage prisoner who was accused of “biting” her warden when the official tried to rip off her blouse and was stuck by a suffrage pin. There’s the tale of the anti-suffragist who wrote to the Times, complaining that suffrage workers were essentially soliciting sex by having “pretty young girls” sell suffrage pencils on the street.  And among others, the Wall Street broker who hawked colorful suffrage pins on the sidewalk much like stocks to the delight of the crowds surrounding him. AND MORE. See Ken’s article on the writing of his book, a special feature of SWNC.

Women’s Suffrage Memorabilia: An Illustrated Historical Study can be ordered in advance through the publisher, as well as Amazon. Check out Ken’s web site.

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Suffrage Notes include Bob Weible on history, sainthood for suffragist, and much more

“Hey, people like history. Some love it. They read books, go to history-themed movies, visit museums and historic sites, preserve buildings, research their family genealogies, participate in re-enactments, support local historical societies, and hold never-ending debates about historical subjects that matter to them. History is fun, yes, and even entertaining. But it’s more than that. A good history program educates people and makes them better citizens. It builds an appreciation for our sense of place and raises the quality of life for everyone. And it helps promote economic growth.” Bob Weible is the state historian of NY. The resources of the state library, museum and archives are available online. LINK PDF

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Trolling the internet for suffrage news involves visiting a variety of online sites. I wouldn’t have expected the Catholic Church, for example, to consider sainthood for suffragist Dorothy Day who served jail time for the vote.  LINK PDF  Unlikely reference to suffrage in green building post. LINK PDF  Quilters 2012 sew a block about universal suffrage. LINK Have you registered yet for One Billion Rising in February 2013? LINK

December newsletter for Sewall-Belmont House. Link #1. New Hampshire women stand on strong shoulders. Link #2. Link #2a. Rethinking voter registration. Link #3. Link #3a. Vote for grandmother. Link #4. Link #4a. Ulster’s suffrage centennial in Northern Ireland. Link #5. Link $5a. Formerly banned suffrage speech in the Bahamas. Link #6. Link #6a. Anniversary of woman’s suffrage in the Phillipines. Link #7.  2012 election outcome. Link #8. Link #8a.

Exhibit of Christmas cards with social themes, including suffrage. Link #9. Link #9a. Mark Twain support of suffrage included with other social issues. Link #10. Link #10a. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Hurricane Sandy. Link #11. The soul of voting and other civil rights movements shouldn’t be forgotten. Link #12. Link #12a. The Oregon suffrage centennial continues. Link #13. Link #13a. Women and the 2012 vote. Link #14.  Pews dedicated to Mrs. Pankhurst in the UK will have to be moved. Link #15. Link #15a. Susan B. Anthony remembered in Kansas. Link #16. Link #16a. People revisiting Emily Davison’s death in the UK. Link #17. Link #17a. Call for more suffrage scholarship in the UK. Link #18. Link #18a.  Anti Suffrage postcards important to study today. Link #19. Link #19a. More centennial events in Oregon. Link #20Link #21. Celebrating over tea Susan B. Anthony’s attempt to vote. Link #22.

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Thanksgiving letter from Edna Buckman Kearns to her childhood friend Bessie

Thanksgiving 1904

Dear Bessie,  Remember the promise we made to each other before my June wedding about the two of us getting together at the Russian tea place over the Christmas holidays? Wilmer and I might come down to Philadelphia. And Mama and Papa are thinking about traveling up to New York, but no decision yet. If we make it home, I’ll be so happy to see you.

Being a married woman is so different than I ever imagined. A long train trip with Wilmer all the way to St. Louis for our honeymoon was exhausting enough, and I could barely concentrate on the exhibits and crowds at the world’s fair. We came back earlier than expected. Being in New York City makes me realize what a country girl I’ve been when it comes to becoming a woman and growing up overnight. I’ll get used to it, I suppose.

The two of us I must talk over tea. My mother’s generation is so much in the attic when it comes to things of this world. So New York is the best thing that’s happened to me. People speak languages I didn’t know existed, even though I studied geography and was convinced I knew it all.

The men Wilmer works with at the accounting firm had dinner at a restaurant downtown and took their wives along. One of them, who grew up in New Jersey, talked all through the meal about awful it is that women are allowed to vote in Wyoming and how nobody knows anymore whether a woman’s visit to a neighbor is to solicit votes or get support to run for political office.

I laughed, but only to myself. Have been taking the bus now and then for meetings about women voting. Getting used to New York and being married is plenty for now because I tire easily. My fingers are crossed for the two of us having tea over the holidays.

Thy loving friend, Edna

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Women who dared: “Her Hat Was in the Ring”

Jill Norgren, Kristen Gwinn-Becker, and Wendy Chmielewski are project directors for “Her Hat Was in the Ring: U.S. Women Elected to Political Office Before 1920,” a searchable database and web site showcasing 2,300 women who campaigned for and were elected to political office in over 40 states across the U.S. between 1869 and 1920. The web site is freely available and constantly being updated. There is information on the site about campaigns, political office, campaigns by state, and political party. Links to other sites about elected women and suffrage, as well as cartoons, postcards, and literature are also included.

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Susie Gardner on “Women Rising”

 

“Women Rising” by Susie Gardner

A happy, healthy, peaceful, prosperous world needs the best of both male and female energies, in balance, in collaboration.

This requires individual men and women to hold this balance within themselves. Typically, men are gifted with stronger male attributes, supported by the feminine. Women are gifted with stronger female attributes, supported by the masculine.

Our world today is way out of balance. We see it everywhere –in bodies, in families, in bank statements, in governments, in institutions.

This planet, this existence, is crying out for our highest feminine power to be more in evidence, more influential, at every level. Listening, reaching out, understanding, acceptance, contemplation, finding common ground, intuition, creativity, linking, cherishing, making beautiful, nourishing, encouraging, following the heart rather than existing knowledge and structure. These are all treasures of the feminine principle.

Women today can make a huge contribution to the world by going deep within themselves and calling forth their own unique expression of this power. This both strengthens their masculine aspects (action, leadership, standing firm when meeting internal and external opposition), and assists men in developing their feminine sensibilities.

We will all benefit from “women rising,” taking their rightful, essential place in this grand cooperation we call life.

In doing so we also honor the deep courageous lineage of visionary men and women who, throughout history, have sough to harmonize male and female energies –in themselves and in society.

Now is the time for the best of both to flower in all of us.

Rise up women. You may be amazed at who you can be, and what fun can be had by embracing the full range of who you truly are. Enjoy!

Susie Gardner is newly arrived in Santa Fe, NM from the UK to write a book about the rise of the feminine principle, as told through a fairy tale, for adults as much as children. Susie writes, sings, plays the gong, and focuses on the prospect of heaven come to earth and living the reality of it to the best of her ability.

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Wins for women in 2012 election, plus suffrage news notes!

Big wins for women in 2012 election. LINK  PDF  See also: LINK  Sign a petition designating a federal holiday to honor our suffrage ancestors. LINK. PDF. The election is over and women have made a mark on the landscape. Slide show of 92 years of women voting. LINK.

It has been quite a year. Women rising in all sorts of ways and in different directions. This weekend “Sister Giant” held an important conference in Los Angeles with an estimated 1,000 people in attendance and many more participating with streaming coverage.

I’ve been digging into Grandmother Edna’s stories. Reading her columns and the documentation of her suffrage organizing on Long Island and New York City has me submerged. When I come up for air — the story of Grandmother Edna Kearns continues. Yeah! Carry on!

The subject of suffrage  won’t go away in the here and now. There’s plenty  to consider in this news notes roundup. Seneca Falls Dialogues held in late October. LINK. PDF. Malala: the tragic case that reminds of serious work still to be done! LINK. PDF. One woman who opposes women voting today. LINK  PDF.

“American Suffragist in Africa” was a three-lecture course at the University of Cape Town about Rebecca Hourwich Reyher (1897-1987). Link #1.Link#1a.  Update on UK women’s library. Link #2.  Women’s history digital library is live. Link #3. Link #3a. Digital collection of women’s posters from the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. Link #4. Link #4a. Primary source digital collections for women’s history. Link #5.  Chapel that was key to suffrage movement. Link #6. Link #6a.

More on the suffrage quilt project. Link #7. Link #7a. Minnie Fisher Cunningham collection. Link #8. Link #8a. First woman to run for U.S. President. Link #9. Link #9a. Question as to why more women don’t run for public office. Link #10. Link #10a. Commentary about women as decoration in the past. Link #11. Link 11a. There’s nothing like the persistence of Bruce Dearstyne who’s holding New York State’s feet to the fire. See blog posting in New York History where Dearstyne poses provocative questions about New York’s commitment to its history.

Controversy about study claiming that women vote with their hormones. Link #12. Link #12a. A survey of women in advertising. Link #13. Link #13a. Important women’s suffrage lecture in Oregon. Link #14. Link #14a. Teaching accomplished women in college courses. Link #15. Link #15a. Seneca Falls Dialogues. Link #16. Link #16a. Importance of woman moderator at second presidential candidate debate. Link #17. Link #17a. Teaching about the suffrage movement can get sticky in Texas –review of a documentary. Link #18. Link #18a. Nominations for NYS women of history. Link #19. Link #19a. Writer Alice Walker has a new poem about “Democratic Womanism.” LINK.  The Statue of Liberty is closed indefinitely in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. LINKPDF

There’s a live link, plus a PDF in the event the live link is no longer available. Goodbye to broken links when it’s a matter of staying up to date with suffrage news and events. Enjoy!

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Celebrate at Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s virtual birthday party with video, music, cake and gifts!

With the presidential election over, the interest in American history (especially the suffrage movement) is showing a spirt in growth. A celebration is called for, so the table has been set for a virtual birthday party for Elizabeth Cady Stanton whose birthday is November 12th. She was born in 1815. Let’s ride the spirit!

This video is just the introduction. Pull up a chair to the table right now!  Link  You’ll be able to bake a cake for Elizabeth, listen to a musical tribute, watch the introduction to Not for Ourselves Alone, the Ken Burns documentary about Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. The virtual party is packaged onto one page for you to share with friends, family members, teachers and community members.

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