Monthly Archives: December 2016

Last day of 2016: New Year’s & birthday wishes!

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Women’s history is part of American history and our mission is to bring women into the conversation and participation of the nation. This web site is inspired by activists like Edna Kearns (1882-1934) whose “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon will be on exhibit at the New York State Museum during 2017, the state’s suffrage centennial observance.

December 31, 2016 is the last day of the year-long Inez Milholland Centennial, a campaign of the National Women’s History Project. Marguerite Kearns and Bob Cooney have been co-chairs of the effort throughout 2016. Inez Milholland, the nation’s suffrage martyr, was nominated for a citizens medal in November 2015. More information at: InezMilhollandCentennial.com Will outgoing president award Inez MIlholland with a citizens medal before he leaves office? Check the Inez centennial web site to find out.

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Inez Milholland was the first to lead an inaugural women’s parade in the nation’s capitol in 1913

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MORE PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR OBAMA TO AWARD CITIZENS MEDAL TO INEZ MILHOLLAND!

Inez Milholland led inaugural women’s march in Washington, DC in 1913!

As President Obama prepares to leave office in 2017, women from across the United States are preparing to participate in the women’s march in Washington, DC to tie in with the January 2017 inauguration of Donald Trump as U.S President.

This will be the second historic women’s march in the U.S. Capitol linked to a presidential inauguration. The first was a woman suffrage demonstration on March 3, 1913 just before the inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson. The leader of that 1913 votes for women march, which included between 8,000 to 10,000 participants, was Inez Milholland (1886-1916) riding a white horse. Her image was featured in newspapers across the nation. Three years later, Milholland entered U.S. history as the nation’s suffrage martyr.

Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association in Lorton, Virginia, has joined with the National Women’s History Project in Santa Rosa, California, as well as other groups and individuals across the nation as part of a growing network building toward 2020, the centennial observance of American women winning the right to vote.

The present, past and future come full circle as these organizations join hands during the final days of the Obama administration. They are expressing support for the President to award suffragist Inez Milholland (1886-1916) with a Presidential Citizens Medal before he leaves office.

Milholland, a New York attorney and suffrage leader, died in Los Angeles on November 25, 1916 of exhaustion and pernicious anemia. Born in Brooklyn, she graduated from Vassar College and New York University School of Law. She collapsed during a grueling speaking tour for the 19th Amendment and became a martyr to the cause of justice and equality. Details about this beloved suffragist, who died at age 30, are available at InezMilhollandCentennial.com.

A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE HOPE FOR THE FUTURE

“We have a unique opportunity to give girls and women hope for the future,” said Pat Wirth, executive director of the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association that has been fundraising to build a votes for women memorial in Lorton, just outside of Washington, DC. The proposed memorial is scheduled for completion by 2020.

Inez Milholland was a founding member of the National Woman’s Party, centered in the nation’s capital, that carried out the picketing of the White House 100 years ago starting in January 1917. Suffragists were imprisoned for picketing and force fed when they went on hunger strikes. They will be honored at the Turning Point Memorial. Milholland’s final plea, featured on their banners, became their theme: “Mr. President, How Long Must Women Wait for Liberty?”

MEDAL SYMBOLIC THAT OFFERS TANGIBLE PROOF OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS

“The Presidential Citizens Medal is symbolic and it will offer tangible recognition of the long and difficult struggle of American women and their male allies to tip the balance toward equal voting rights,” noted Molly Murphy MacGregor, executive director and co-founder of the National Women’s History Project. The NWHP sponsored the yearlong Inez Milholland Centennial campaign whose co-chairs Marguerite Kearns and Robert P.J. Cooney, Jr. have prepared a petition and final support documents for presentation to the White House.

One hundred years ago, while on the campaign trail in the west, Inez Milholland predicted that “Victory is in sight.”  A century later, “Americans are still coming to terms with how the dream of equality has not yet been realized,” said Los Angeles filmmaker Martha Wheelock. In 2016 she produced and distributed “Forward into Light,” a documentary about Inez and has distributed it free to thousands of individuals and organizations across the nation. The DVD is available through InezMilholland.org.

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This coverage on public radio by Allison Dunne brings the story of Inez together in a way that sheds light on the nomination’s significance.

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How Inez Milholland inspires us in 2016!

Author Sandra Weber, author of new book on suffrage movement from McFarland Press (2016), reminds us of how Inez Milholland inspired American women 100 years ago and she continues to inspire today. See article.

Weber draws attention to the 2015 nomination of Milholland for a citizens medal that is part of the Obama administration’s unfinished business in mid January 2017. Weber is the author of “The Woman Suffrage Statue” published in 2016 by McFarland.

 

100 years ago on Christmas Day: Remembering Inez Milholland at Suffrage Wagon Cafe!

Happy birthday suffrage activist Edna Kearns (1882-1934) on December 25th. Find out about Edna and her “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon at Suffrage Wagon News Channel. Edna’s “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon will be on exhibit in New York State during its 2017 suffrage centennial observance.

December 25, 1916. Memorial for Milholland in Washington, DC 287413_orig

On this day before December 25th in 2016, we remember the Christmas Day memorial service held in 1916 to honor Inez Milholland (1886-1916) for her service to the nation. This is why we’re a partner in the InezMilhollandCentennial.com observance.

A nomination to award Inez with a presidential citizens medal is in the pipeline at the White House. The nomination was filed over a year ago by U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier of California. Did you sign the petition?

Additional names strengthen the presentation. Photos: Library of Congress.

The UK honors its suffrage martyr Emily Davidson who died after injuries from the King’s horse in 1913. And in the United States, Inez Milholland died in 1916 while on a lecture tour in the West to win voting rights for women.

The current campaign continues to support President Obama in awarding Inez with a presidential citizens medal before he leaves office.

A star for Inez Milholland, America’s women’s suffrage martyr on Vimeo.

Find out more. And there is a free DVD of “Forward into Light,” the 15-minute documentary about Milholland from filmmaker Martha Wheelock.

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Find out about the Inez Milholland nomination for a citizens medal from President Obama before he leaves office. InezMilhollandCentennial.com

Four holiday videos from suffrage advocates

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"Spirit of 1776" storytelling

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Follow SuffrageCentennials.com for news and views about upcoming suffrage centennials. 

Find out about the Inez Milholland nomination for a citizens medal from President Obama before he leaves office. InezMilhollandCentennial.com

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VOTES FOR WOMEN NEWS: The legacy of the women’s suffrage movement is being unearthed in Rhode Island where student researchers have been contributed to a national database of votes for women activists, the Online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States. This is in preparation for the 2020 U.S. centennial when American women will have been voting for 100 years.

Canada is forging ahead with its announcement that a woman, Viola Desmond, will be featured on a Canadian $10 bill. Harriet Tubman is expected to be on U.S. currency in the future. The stories about more women, on whose strong shoulders we stand, are being shared across the nation. Follow Suffrage Wagon News Channel during 2017.

The national centennial campaign continues to support President Obama in awarding a citizens medal to Inez Milholland, America’s suffrage martyr before he leaves office. The nomination was filed in November 2015 and a countdown is underway to find out if Obama will embrace the nation’s second highest medal for Inez as part of his legacy. Find out what happened 100 years ago on Christmas day on the Milholland centennial web site.

A national task force has been meeting during 2016 to plan local and state events across the nation during 2020, the centennial of the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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Has Inez Milholland petition reached Obama yet? Program at Suffrage Wagon Cafe.

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CHRISTMAS DAY MEMORIAL SERVICE 100 YEARS AGO LINKED TO OBAMA’S LAST DAYS

Vassar graduate & NYC attorney Inez Milholland (1886-1916) nominated for citizens medal from President Obama

Christmas Day is typically set aside for families. However, on Christmas Day in 1916, 100 years ago, over one thousand women and men gathered in Washington, D C to honor a fallen young leader. They put their holiday to the side for an emotional memorial service for suffrage martyr Inez Milholland Boissevain in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol. It was the first time a woman was honored there.

After refusing to cancel an intense speaking tour for the 19th Amendment in 1916, Milholland collapsed and died in Los Angeles on November 25 of exhaustion and pernicious anemia. Her shocked colleagues immediately mourned her as a martyr to the cause of justice and women. Milholland was buried near the family home in Lewis, New York. She was born in Brooklyn in 1886 and was a graduate of Vassar College and New York University School of Law. Milholland practiced law in New York City in addition to advocating for American women’s voting rights.

THE STORY OF THE CITIZENS MEDAL NOMINATION

U.S. citizens have worked hard to win support for a Presidential Citizens Medal for Milholland, an effort that U.S. Representative Jackie Speier of California endorsed in November 2015. Supporters are sending holiday cards to Congresswoman Speier to affirm her nomination of Milholland and to urge her to do everything she can to advance the award before the change of administrations. The Milholland petition supporting the nomination has been submitted to the White House for consideration.

For the past year, the National Women’s History Project, located in Santa Rosa, California, has sponsored the campaign to draw attention to Milholland and other suffrage activists who contributed to the enfranchisement of women. Marguerite Kearns and Robert P.J. Cooney Jr. are co-chairs of the NWHP Inez Milholland centennial campaign (InezMilhollandCentennial.com).

Molly Murphy MacGregor, executive director and co-founder of the National Women’s History Project (nwhp.org), noted: “I have sent a holiday greeting thanking Rep. Speier for her valuable support and urging her to make recognizing Inez Milholland with a Presidential Citizens Medal a priority. A presidential medal affirms our rich legacy in the area of women’s history.”

“FORWARD INTO LIGHT” FILM ABOUT INEZ MILHOLLAND SPARKED INTEREST

Over one thousand individuals and organizations from around the nation and from other parts of the world have signed the campaign’s petition in support of the award. The campaign’s momentum accelerated after the April 2016 release of “Forward into Light,” a 15-minute documentary by filmmaker Martha Wheelock about the life and death of Inez Milholland. The DVD is available free from InezMilholland.org.

At the Statuary Hall memorial service on Christmas Day 1916, California suffragist Maude Younger presented the eulogy for Inez and declared, “Liberty cannot die. No work for liberty can be lost. It lives on in the hearts of the people, in their hopes, their aspirations, their activities. It becomes part of the life of the nation. What Inez Milholland has given to the world lives on forever.”

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