New York State suffrage events take off!


The New York Women’s Vote Centennial Project is a partnership on the NYS governor and lt. governor and the American Federation of Teachers and First Book celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York on November 6, 2017. The competition invites teachers to develop classroom projects and activities to mark the suffrage centennial. Fifteen winners will be chosen.

Projects may focus on women’s history, civic engagement, the democratic process, equal rights, or a related topic. Educators and students are encouraged to explore the question: 100 years from now, when future generations look back, what will our equal rights legacy be?  Projects for any grade, K-12, will be considered. October 11, 2017 is the application deadline.

The New York State Women’s Suffrage Commission, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, is organizing programs to commemorate women’s suffrage between 2017, To learn more, visit


The New York Women’s Suffrage Centennial Conference, celebrating the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State, will be held on Saturday, November 4 at the Archives Partnership Trust headquarters located at the Cultural Education Center, 222 Madison Avenue, Empire State Plaza in Albany.

The celebration continues after the conference when the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation and the New York State Archives host an opening reception of Votes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial. Votes for Women is an exhibition organized by the New York State Museum to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in New York State. For more information on the evening reception and for tickets, click here.

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Women’s Equality Week in Seneca Falls, NWHP Gazette available, events & programs!

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The National Women’s History Project has published a special issue of the Gazette—”How Women Won the Vote.” The publication is available for events and observances in time for August 26th, Women’s Equality Day. A single copy is free. Bulk orders are $10 for 25 copies. Contact the NWHP for details.

A women’s convention is planned for October 2017 in Chicago. The event will attract thousands of women of all backgrounds to Detroit from October 26 – 28 for a weekend of workshops, strategy sessions, inspiring forums and movement building to continue the preparation for the 2018 mid-term elections. Early registration is available. Contact Mariam at with questions, comments, or ideas.

Women’s Equality Week will be observed from August 18 to August 27, 2017 at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, NY. Each day during the week will feature presentations on one of eight women. Ranger led talks on each individual will take place at 11 am and 3 pm. Nineteen additional women will be highlighted with displays and descriptions.

Planning a trip? Include a visit to the New York State Museum in Albany, NY for its votes for women exhibit that opens on November 4, 2017 in Albany for a much-anticipated display of New York’s treasures, many of them never seen in public before. The “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon used by Edna Kearns will be part of the exhibit.

Organizing an event or celebration for August 26th—Women’s Equality Day? There is movement underway to build support to make the date a national holiday. Get busy now on the local and state level and visit the National Women’s History Project web site for details.

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National Women’s History Project publishes Gazette about 2020 centennial!

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“How Women Won the Vote” is the theme of the National Women’s History Project’s “Gazette,” a 24-page special issue. It includes a valuable “Call to Action” to alert citizens from coast to coast to get ready for the 2020 national suffrage centennial. A single copy is free. A total of 25 copies can be purchased for $10 from the NWHP store online.

The National Women’s History Project’s 2017 special edition devoted to the women’s suffrage grassroots movement is a pivotal and groundbreaking marker in time alerting Americans to write women back into history. This has been the vision of the NWHP for the past 35 years.

The “Call to Action” editorial doesn’t mention the debates that will inevitably surface with the passage of time on the national level. The focus instead is on recognizing the significance of this dramatic social movement and rally individuals and organizations to recognize our history for what it is—all of it. There is a great deal to acknowledge. The Gazette editorial reads in part:

“The Women’s Suffrage Centennial honors this specific part of American history. We encourage celebrations to keep the focus on the women who won the vote and not leave them behind in discussions of contemporary history. The anniversary is not the time for such general approaches as ‘women in America’ or ‘women in protest.’ Rather, it should mark the start of many shows, exhibits, discussions and art on the historic and spiritual importance of multicultural suffragists…”

To keep a 2020 national suffrage commission focused on history rather than politics will be a challenge. Some political operatives are already turning the 2020 national centennial into an ideological battleground with the appointment of those who will serve on the commission. It wasn’t long ago that most Americans didn’t understand the meaning of or they couldn’t pronounce the word “suffrage.” Even fewer were aware of what it meant. This is changing.

Don’t forget that the “How Women Won the Vote” issue is available for bulk distribution through the National Women’s History Project’s store. Prior issues of the NWHP’s publication have been popular among educators and organizations.

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Recognition comes from many directions. Here’s a link (below) remembering suffrage activist Inez Milholland on “Miriam’s Well,” a blog by well-known poet and writer Miriam Sagan.

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In honor of the August 26, 2020 U.S. centennial celebration, the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites (NCWHS) is developing a nationwide Votes for Women Trail that will highlight the role of each state in the 72-year campaign to win votes for women. Will you join?

The trail will feature the buildings, sites, historical markers, and monuments where woman suffrage activity took place in the United States before August 26, 1920. The goal is to create a national trail dedicated to documenting the story of woman suffrage, but it’s necessary to start on the local level.

Tennessee played a crucial role in the battle for woman suffrage and deserves to be well represented on this national map. Please help. The NCWHS is looking for: buildings, monuments, historical markers, gravesites, historic sites
Anti-Suffrage sites and events
When in doubt, submit! The coordinating editor of the Votes for Women Trail reviews all submissions and will make the determination if the site should be included.


HarperCollins will publish a nonfiction book by Ann Patchett about women’s voting rights to honor the 2020 centennial. The book Vote will bring together suffrage history, Patchett’s personal experience registering voters, and advocacy about the importance of voting. Patchett lives in Nashville where she owns the bookstore, Parnassus Books.

PBS’ American Experience is developing a four-hour documentary for 2020. This opens up an opportunity for us to approach local or state PBS stations about preparing related documentaries about suffrage history.

 The Minnesota Historical Society is preparing a major exhibit on the American suffrage movement for 2020. The exhibit will first be housed in St. Paul MN at the Minnesota History Center and then will tour. Contact your city or state historical society or museum and ask them to host the MHS suffrage exhibit or develop one with local or state content. Museums in Kentucky, Arkansas, Boston, Washington, DC, Cincinnati, California, Washington state, and others are already laying the foundations for 2020.

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Convention Days 2017 commemorates the U.S. Women’s Rights Convention held in 1848 that represented a turning point in the struggle for women’s rights in the United States. This three-day festival highlights speakers, workshops, historical re-enactors, theatrical performances, live music, film screenings, children’s activities, art exhibits, and more!

 A sampling of events commemorating the 100 anniversary of women voting in New York State. “The Rest of the Story of the Suffrage Movement” is a program on June 17, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Athens Cultural Center, 24 Second St., Athens, New York.This program offered in conjunction with the exhibition “A Declaration of Sentiments: Reflections on the Centennial of Women’s Right to Vote in New York State” is by Sally Roesch Wagner. Visit for more information.

The New York State tourism department is promoting the 100th anniversary of women voting in New York State to draw attention to the state’s rich historical and cultural heritage resources. Writer Brooke Kroeger’s blog has a great list of upcoming books of interest that is worth checking out. The list includes her own book, The Suffragents,” scheduled for this coming fall, as well as a book by Ann Pachette entitled Vote; Remember the Ladies by Anglea P. Dodson, Gilded Suffragists by Johanna Neuman, and Max Eastman by Christoph Irmscher. Check out her blog.

On the home front—this article appeared in the Long Island press in March 1917:

Rockville Centre, L.I.—In the mind of the pretty little Miss Serena B. Kearns, daughter of Mrs. Edna Buckman Kearns of Waterview Road, women would have been promised the vote by President Woodrow Wilson, if he had seen her during the procession attending his inauguration on Sunday, March 4. Miss Kearns, who was on sentry duty in behalf of the cause waited.

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