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We’ve been posting on the SuffrageWagon.org platform, which means that you may not have been receiving updates as you have previously.

The next issue of the Suffrage Wagon News Channel newsletter is available. It’s your step-by-step guide to putting yourself in a position to make something extraordinary happen. We’re asking President Obama to award a presidential citizens’ award to Inez Milholland, America’s suffrage martyr.

Here’s another way to make your interest and support count. Help create a platform for saving the stories of activist women at WomensActivism.NYC. You can participate by adding the stories of inspiring women who have changed the world through their actions and words. These women may be famous or not well known. They may live in New York or anywhere in the world. They may be historical figures or current activists. The goal is to gather 20,000 stories of activist women from New Yorkers by the national women’s suffrage centennial in 2020 (#20000By2020). http://www.womensactivism.nyc

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“Choose it and Use it” is a video reminding us of how the past is linked to what we do today and its impact on the future.

Free Inez Milholland film, plus news notes!

Marguerite Kearns of Suffrage Wagon News ChannelMore interest than ever in the women’s suffrage movement and upcoming events and celebrations. Check out the Facebook page for the “Celebrate the Vote Festival” in September 2016. Enter the 2020 WVCI Slogo Contest by June 30th and give the planning for the 2020 suffrage centennial a boost. The National Park Service is observing its centennial year during 2016. Find out what’s going on in Seneca Falls at the Women’s Rights National Historic Park from July 15 to July 18, 2016.

And here’s an opportunity to get a free film about Inez Milholland. Check out these two web sites: InezMilholland.org and InezMilhollandCentennial.com

Press Release Inez Milholland June 20 (13) (dragged)

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“Choose it and Use it” is a video reminding us of how the past is linked to what we do today and its impact on the future. Celebrate women’s freedom to vote.

The year 2016 is the centennial observance of America’s suffrage martyr, Inez Milholland. Follow our coverage!

“Mothers of Men” silent film restored

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Great news about the restoration of a silent movie that features the early women’s rights movement. The video below was the promo to spread the word about the restoration funding “Mothers of Men.” Now we have the update –the restoration has been completed.

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We have been following this project and are thrilled to hear that the newly-restored film “Mothers of Men” was featured in June 2016 at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. “Mothers of Men” has its own web site that spells out the details. A longer article about the film gives more information.

James Mockoski, the restoration organizer, gave this exclusive to Suffrage Wagon News Channel: “This was a 20-year endeavor to restore this film, but my success was all to having a good team that involved the commitment of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, Professor Shelley Stamp (expert in Women in Film), and local Santa Cruz historian Ross Eric Gibson. This team made it happen.

“The process took the support of  many people, but the major contributions came from Turner Classic Movies who wanted to support this film and be part of the national discussion that is going on now. Also we had the support of our community in Santa Cruz: the Museum of Art in History in Santa Cruz, The Santa Cruz History Forum, and the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County.”

Suffrage Wagon News Channel been publishing since 2009. Visit our archival library for columns, articles, news, views, trends, events and celebrations.
"Mothers of Men"The image to the left is from the restored women’s rights silent film, “Mothers of Men.” 

“Choose it and Use it” is a video reminding us of how the past is linked to what we do today and its impact on the future. Celebrate women’s freedom to vote.

The year 2016 is the centennial observance of America’s suffrage martyr, Inez Milholland. Follow our coverage!

This is the moment the early suffragist activists only dreamed about!

EdnaPoster8-10Suffrage activists like Edna Buckman Kearns imagined a day when a woman would run for president of the United States. The day has finally arrived! In the last few days we’ve seen words like “suffrage” and “Seneca Falls” heard by millions of Americans. It hasn’t been that long ago when people had no idea what the “suffrage movement” was all about.

Let’s take advantage of the opportunity and get busy being specific about how women weren’t “given” the vote. It took more than 70 years of uphill struggle. Since 2009, this blog has been inspired by the grassroots suffrage activism of Edna Buckman Kearns. She kicked up a fuss on Long Island and kept the newspapers filled with suffrage news. The content was ongoing and included connecting the dots between current events and the need for the vote by women at the turn of the 20th century. Edna said to women on Long Island and in New York City: You can’t have a baby without engaging in politics. And she raised eyebrows among other suffragist activists who believed that women shouldn’t venture outside their limited sphere by campaigning for the vote.

Mrs. Kearns raised her voice about the scandal at the Mineola Jail and ventured forth to say that women should take part in the community’s business. Just give them a chance, she said. When the newspapers carried the controversy, Edna defended herself from those on Long Island who claimed her Better Babies campaign was merely a “fad” and a ploy for “sensationalism.” Edna’s motivation? Mrs. Kearns made it clear that she was concerned that mothers didn’t have enough skills for mothering and so she vowed to set up parenting classes. Underlying her argument, of course, was the importance of women winning the right to vote.

For more information about Edna Kearns. For background about the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon used by Edna Kearns in the suffrage organizing campaigns in New York City and on Long Island. The wagon will be on exhibit at the New York State Museum in Albany, NY in 2017, the centennial of New York State women winning the right to vote.

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“Choose it and Use it” is a video reminding us of how the past is linked to what we do today and its impact on the future. Celebrate women’s freedom to vote.

News and actions: Suffrage Pageants

Hazel MacKaye was riding high in 1914 when her pageant, “The American Woman: Six Periods of American Life” was performed at the Seventy-first Regimental Armory (sponsored by the New York City Men’s League for Equal Suffrage). It was a cutting-edge production that milked the potential for drama and social commentary. Edna Buckman Kearns was involved, not only in the event’s organization, but also the performance.

Suffrage pageants reached different audiences than parades and demonstrations and they represented an emotional training ground for later forms of protest, such as the picketing of the White House in 1917. The picketing of the Woodrow Wilson White House was launched following the death of Inez Milholland, the U.S. suffrage martyr.

This year, 2016, is the centennial of Milholland’s death. Find out more about her on the centennial web site. Become a partner in the centennial observance. The Inez Milholland Centennial is a program of the National Women’s History Project. The national co-chairs are Marguerite Kearns and Robert P.J. Cooney, Jr.

Support funding for the 2017 suffrage centennial in New York State. Watch for the release of the Inez Milholland film in April 2016. Get behind the New York State Museum in putting the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon used by Edna Kearns on permanent exhibit. Sign the online petititon asking that President Obama grant a presidential citizens medal to Inez Milholland, the U.S. suffrage martyr.

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Follow SuffrageCentennials.com for news and views about upcoming women’s suffrage centennial events and celebrations. 

“Choose it and Use it” is a video reminding us of how the past is linked to what we do today and its impact on the future. Celebrate women’s freedom to vote.

Volunteers needed for suffrage movement database

The online journal and database, “Women and Social Movements in the United States” is engaged in several crowdsourcing projects to create a new online biographical dictionary of the woman suffrage movement in the U.S.  Over the past few months volunteers have written brief biographies of Black women suffragists and militant suffragists who supported the National Woman’s Party. Now work is starting on biographical sketches of suffrage supporters of the National American Woman Suffrage Association between 1890 and 1920. The goal is to prepare this Online Biographical Dictionary in time for 2020, the 100th anniversary of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920 that extended woman’s suffrage to states that had not already enacted woman suffrage.

In anticipation of the 100th anniversary volunteers are being recruited to participate in this crowdsourcing project. The goal is for one volunteer from each state and the District of Columbia to serve as “state coordinators who will help to develop a list of activists to be included in the project and then recruit faculty, students, and interested history buffs to research and write the biographical sketches. State coordinators will review and copyedit the biographical sketches and share them with Tom Dublin, co-editor of the Women and Social Movements website and director of the Online Biographical Dictionary project. The sketches will be published on the website. Anyone interested in serving as a state coordinator or in writing biographical sketches for the NAWSA project, send an email to tdublin@binghamton.edu.

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Comment on the Suffrage Wagon blogFollow SuffrageCentennials.com for news and views about upcoming women’s suffrage centennial events and celebrations. 

“Choose it and Use it” is a video reminding us of how the past is linked to what we do today and its impact on the future. Celebrate women’s freedom to vote.

Letter from the National Women’s History Project!

Inez MilhollandMy Dear Friends,

One of the real pleasures of working with the National Women’s History Project is when we actually get to “write women back into history.” We have a special opportunity this year, and I hope you’ll support and benefit from the Inez Milholland Centennial.

This new project of the NWHP will shine the spotlight on a brave, nearly-forgotten attorney and suffragist who died while campaigning for Votes for Women. Already, responding to our initiative, California Congresswoman Jackie Speier has nominated Inez for the Presidential Citizens Award in 2016.

The co-chairs are NWHP allies Robert P. J. Cooney, Jr., and Marguerite Kearns. (At the same time, NWHP board member Martha Wheelock is creating a fifteen-minute film on Inez to be released in April 2016.) Please help us all write this heroic woman and three generations of suffragists back into history.

The Inez Milholland Centennial will encourage the recognition of this beloved suffragist on the centennial of her death and also encourage communities nationwide to honor and celebrate their own state and local suffrage activists.

Please consider supporting this effort by becoming a Partner. At the website, you can also

  • sign the digital petition to support her nomination,
  • subscribe to the free newsletter,
  • gather information to organize an event,
  • order buttons and other resources, and
  • help spread the word about her and other American suffragists this election year.

Plan something for this month. Inez is one of the women the NWHP has chosen as 2016 Honorees. Visit our Inez Milholland Centennial web store page and learn more at InezMilhollandCentennial.com.

This exciting new project is described in more detail on the Inez Milholland centennial web site. Share the contents on Facebook and Twitter, and in the newsletter for your organization. Even better, add a local angle to the news release by announcing what you or your organization will be doing to honor Inez Milholland, not only during March but also throughout 2016.

Onward!      Molly Murphy MacGregor

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Comment on the Suffrage Wagon blogFollow SuffrageCentennials.com for news and views about upcoming women’s suffrage centennial events and celebrations. 

“Choose it and Use it” is a video reminding us of how the past is linked to what we do today and its impact on the future. Celebrate women’s freedom to vote.