US House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was teased in 2012. She was attacked. Some commentators suggested that she had a serious mental disorder. What’s behind such a vehement reaction?
Pelosi suggested that she’d been in communication with some of our most revered ancestors who struggled for women’s right to vote. Suffrage ancestors reportedly whispered in Pelosi’s ear about how women finally had a seat at the table of power and as a result, the suffrage spirits crowded in to witness the proceedings.
An animation short produced by an off-shore production company seems rather suspicious in terms of its origin and motivation, considering that Nancy Pelosi and our suffrage ancestors is a relatively obscure story associated with American politics. The video is worth watching, however, if only to cheer on Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, and other activists. Not mentioned in the feedback is an apparently long tradition at the White House of staff and others witnessing ghosts.
Anecdotes and references to these famous suffrage ancestors were recorded at Pelosi’s speeches over time. No one in the audience threw tomatoes at her. It isn’t often when US political figures even mention the suffrage movement, though it’s happening more often these days as awareness of the long and difficult struggle to win the vote for women becomes more mainstream.
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The shooting tragedy at a Connecticut elementary school demonstrates the urgent need for a heart-based way of all of us moving forward together. Which brings up an essential question: “Who are we?” How do we define ourselves, our relationship to each other and the planet? I’ve been listening to a Heartmath webinar this morning on this very question and the critical need to translate this into a global approach. As the end of 2012 approaches, I’m delving deeper into Grandmother Edna Kearns and researching her life more completely as a way to share her life, stories, and how this can inform us today. You’d think suffrage news would take a nose dive after the 2012 presidential election. Not so.
The Votes for Women quilt project continues. Link #1. Point of view about how suffrage history isn’t taught well in schools. Link #2. PDF. College program about Strong Women/Strong Girls. Link #3. 106-year-old suffragist dies in Georgia. Link #4. History database. Link #5. Suffragette autograph album to be auctioned in UK. Link #6. Link #6a. Suffrage wagon seen by thousands at New York State Capitol in 2012. LINK.
Reunion of abolitionist families, after all these years. Link #7. Link #7a. ”Woman and Her Sphere” is a site rich in suffrage content. Link #8. Link #8a. New book on the year 1775 in the American Revolution puts the “Spirit of 1776″ in a different context. Link #9. Link #9a. Celebrate our third birthday with us.
Performer Pete Seeger reflects on a lifetime of activism in new book and advises activists to stick together until the issue is won. Link #10. Link #10a. Forum on LGBT history. Link #11. Link #11a. ”Remember the Ladies” is women’s history exhibit in Dallas. Link #12. Link #12a. Statue of Liberty remains closed. Link #13. Link #13a. Hurricane Sandy puts stress on digital archives. Link #14. Link #14a.
Filmmaker Ken Burns receives award for historical documentaries. His documentary on Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony is still a classic. Link #15. Link #15a. Emma Goldman wasn’t convinced voting was a good idea, but for different reasons than the “antis.” Link #16. Link #16a. Christmas in former years. Link #17. Link #17a. Fox Op-Ed commentator says it’s women’s nature to be dominated by men. Link #18. Link #18a. Oldest American recently passed on had voted on a regular basis during her life. Link #19. Link #19a. Exhibit in MA. Link #20. Link #20a. Women’s suffrage wins over screening audience. Link #21. Link #21a. Argument about the genius of women, or lack of it. Link #22. Link #22a. Why should there be a Girl Museum? Link #23. Link #23a.
SOME LAST-MINUTE NEWS NOTES: A solo woman hasn’t made the cover of Time for the past 26 years. LINK. Women’s history 2012 highlights from Chick History. LINK.
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by Elizabeth Cady Stanton
The winter gala days are associated in my memory with hanging up stockings, and with turkeys, mince pies, sweet cider, and sleigh rides by moonlight. My earliest recollections of those happy days, when schools were closed, books laid aside, and unusual liberties allowed, center in that large cellar kitchen to which I have already referred. There we spent many winter evenings in uninterrupted enjoyment. MORE STORY
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Huddling under the covers mornings until the last minute like me because it’s so cold? Still trying to dig your way out of the snow in the driveway? Needing some last-minute gift ideas for the suffrage buff in your life?
It’s freezing here and the snow hasn’t cleared from my back yard. But more gift ideas are coming in. One idea is the music CD by Bob Warren featuring Susan B. Anthony. “Only the Message Mattered” is available on CD Baby and Amazon. You can listen to mp3 samples online. For more information.
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Sweet Honey in the Rock have two great songs about voting related to the issue about the denial of voting and representation of residents in the District of Columbia. These songs can easily could be adapted for other voting issues as well (Song #1 and Song #2). Yes, Virginia. Americans have many issues with the franchise or the denial of it. Who can and can’t vote and why is a contentious issue as was seen in the 2012 election for US president. ID laws, policies about when polling places are open or closed, district creation, and a variety of other issues are other ways of defining who gets to vote and ultimately who wins elections.
Link to advocacy group, DC Vote, working for voting rights in the District of Columbia.
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Grandmother Edna’s birthday each year is on December 25th. Other news and stories:
“Spirit of 1776″ suffrage wagon used by Edna Kearns on exhibit in Albany, NY for six months in 2012. American apple pie wasn’t sacred to Elizabeth Cady Stanton. California women have been voting for 100 years. Guest bloggers, news notes, and book reviews were special features in 2012. Action in the world today. Book reviews. New features and video. A Christmas story by Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Upcoming book about suffrage memorabilia. The story behind Grandmother Edna’s suffrage wagon. Op-Ed wagon piece by Olivia Twine. New Video: “This Wet and Wrinkled Paper.” Viral suffrage email. Suffrage movement quilting. The UK had a Suffragette Summer School. Demonstration about suffrage at the 2012 Olympics. Virtual birthday party for Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Kansas almost didn’t have a suffrage centennial except for writer Tom Mach. More about Suffrage Wagon News Channel. Link #1. Link #2. Women voters thank their suffrage ancestors VIDEO. Holiday gifts for your suffrage buff.
Film and video is how many people learn about the suffrage movement. Suffrage wagon storytelling at Hudson River Playback Theatre. Suffrage hikers to Washington, DC captured on film. Mother’s Day interview about Grandmother Edna Kearns. “Holding the Torch for Liberty” suffrage musical gala in Manhattan. Behind the scenes of great suffrage music video, “Bad Romance.” Audio interview about Edna Buckman Kearns in Chick History series.
Alice Paul, the most overlooked civil rights leader of the 20th century. Do you know about “Suffrage Buffs of America”? Suffrage Wagon quarterly newsletter: The Fall 2012 quarterly newsletter. Summer 2012 issue. Spring 2012. Suffrage Wagon highlighted in ElectWomen magazine. Albany, NY women’s exhibit had the “Spirit of 1776.”Grandmother Edna makes “New York History.” Article in “Albany Kid,” by Tara Bloyd about Edna and Serena Kearns. A holiday story by Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Art work of the “Spirit of 1776″ wagon by Peter Sinclair. Spice Cake for High Tea from a Suffragist Cookbook. Valentine’s Day stories about suffrage. New Suffrage Wagon videos. Check out the SWNC archive.
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Grandmother Edna was born on Christmas day in 1882. My mother told me how Edna hated having her birthday on Christmas. She claimed to always get shirt shrift as a child when it came to gifts and attention on her birthday.
For Edna, Christmas meant books as gifts; each book contained sweet messages from family members. Edna’s gifts of books to her two daughters on Christmases past ended up in my hands as an eager young reader with the date on the inside cover and a Merry Christmas from “Dearie,” which is how her daughters addressed her, and not “Mother.” Oh, what a scandal it was in those days not to call one’s mother by her role. I loved the Louisa May Alcott series starting with Little Women, all the way through to Jo’s Boys.
Christmas meant holly and mistletoe to Grandmother Edna, plus hand-made sachets of dried roses and lavender, storytelling next to the fireplace as holiday tree candles burned on Christmas eve and the kitchen buzzed with talk of fruitcake, candied pineapple and citrus… MORE of the article!
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You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer, by Shana Corey; Chelsey McLaren ill. Scholastic Press, 2000.
by Tara Bloyd
Aimed at young children, this short picture book presents the story of Amelia Bloomer and her eponymous outfit in a simple, direct fashion. The illustrations are bright and compelling, and are set off by a generous amount of white space. The book contrasts Amelia Bloomer with the “proper ladies” who surrounded her – women who were not supposed to work or vote, and who wore dresses that required 20-30 yards of fabric just for the skirt. The fact that Amelia didn’t invent bloomers – something that many people do not know – is clearly stated and is important. As editor of the woman’s newspaper The Lily, Amelia’s championing of the short skirt and baggy pantaloons to replace cumbersome, socially-approved dresses was crucial to their popularization, and the book shows how both men and women reacted to the new clothing option.
I found the Author’s Note at the end of the book the most compelling part; it provides additional information about Amelia Bloomer’s life and times that couldn’t really be discussed within the parameters of a book for young children. As an introduction to the issues facing women in the 19th century, though, the book is a good addition to suffrage-related libraries.
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Suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton wasn’t afraid to tackle any subject and make a few enemies along the way. Her position on American apple pie is one example. The Brits had pie right, Stanton said. They didn’t use a bottom crust, for it would inevitably become soggy. Her views on the subject were laid out in a collection of her writings:
“Mr. Gurney’s dig at our pie referred to the soggy undercrust so many of our American cooks persist in making. The English never have an undercrust to their pies, one of the few respects, it seems to me, in which English cooking, which is generally atrocious, is superior to our own, which also belongs in many respects to the atrocious order. The English put the fruit in a deep dish and simply spread a nice light crust over it. If there be women, or men either for the matter of that, in the United States who know how to make a crisp undercrust and bake it to the well-done point, let them produce the perfect American pie. But if they cannot accomplish this difficult feat, let us have done with our national raw, soaked undercrust of dough, which is why du=yspepsia has attacked one-half of our men, who will eat pie whether it is good, bad or indifferent.
“Though these lines were written in 1840, they still hold good to-day. Pie is still with us, and so is the abominable undercrust. All travelers can testify to
seeing some son of Adam at every railway station in America running for the cars with a great piece of pie in his hand, which to withstand such wear and tear must have an undercrust as tough as sole leather. Yet the prospective presidents of this great republic all eat it, and will to the end of time.”
From Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s writings, a free ebook online.
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