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The Spirit of 1776 is a campaign being launched during Women’s History Month 2015 by Suffrage Wagon News Channel to restore the women’s suffrage movement to its rightful place in American history. We’re persistent in our goal of inspiring, motivating, educating, and entertaining audiences about how we stand on strong shoulders. The suffragists were “there” for us. Let’s be “there” for them by voting and becoming leaders in the world today.

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Can the U.S. catch up with the U.K. on suffrage movement awareness? Marguerite’s Musings

VIDEO: “Marguerite’s Musings” with Marguerite Kearns is a regular column about women’s history! on Vimeo.

Marguerite's Musings, a feature of Suffrage Wagon News Channelby Marguerite Kearns

The United States is racing to catch up with the United Kingdom that has been far ahead in terms of bringing awareness of the historic women’s suffrage movement to public attention in recent years. Keep in mind that American audiences haven’t seen a home-grown major motion picture on the suffrage movement since 2004 with the HBO production “Iron Jawed Angels.” Excellent documentaries, especially independent productions, are being produced on the American shores, as well as YouTube and Vimeo offerings.

Public interest in the American suffrage movement has increased dramatically since the announcement about the U.K. “Suffragette” production team casting Meryl Streep in the role of Emmeline Pankhurst, the pivotal leader of the militant wing of the English suffrage movement.

THE SEPTEMBER 2015 “SUFFRAGETTE” FILM FROM THE U.K. HAS SHAKEN THINGS UP

The U.K. “Suffragette” film production directed by Sarah Gavron and written by Abi Morgan has announced the film’s release in September of 2015. In previous announcements, the release date had been in January 2015. Already there’s speculation among entertainment commentators about the production’s Oscar potential in 2016. While the United Kingdom has had the edge in terms of public attention, there’s a growing audience of those who want to know more about long and difficult struggle for U.S. women to win the right to vote from 1848 to 1920. Suffrage centennial events and celebrations in the U.S. and abroad are taking on an increased importance.

The 2004 HBO film “Iron Jawed Angels” introduced millions of Americans to the 1917 picketing of the White House by Alice Paul and the National Woman’s Party. This led to the suffragists’ imprisonment, force feedings, and a round of publicity that wore down opposition to women winning the vote. The bold activism led to the eventual ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920 that expanded the franchise for American women. The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial project is organizing to honor this period of the suffrage movement in its fundraising to have a suffragist memorial completed and operational by the 2020 suffrage centennial.

THE U.K. HAS GRABBED THE LEAD IN SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT AWARENESS

The U.K.’s prominence in suffrage movement awareness has a lot to do with the “Suffragette” film as well as the high-profile media attention showered on the centennial observance of the death of English suffrage martyr Emily Davison in 2013. By comparison, the American suffrage martyr, Inez Milholland, is much less known. The centennial of her 1916 death in 2016 may bring Milholland out of obscurity. However, it’s too soon to tell if U.S. suffrage martyr Milholland will ever have the same public recognition as Emily Davison in the U.K.

The second season of the BBC suffrage sit com “Up the Women” has made the suffrage movement familiar to a broader segment of British television audiences. And the recent release of a major book, “Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary,” by Anita Anand (Bloomsbury) focuses on an Indian princess, the goddaughter of Queen Victoria and a high-profile player in the English suffrage movement.

The book “Sophia” is a great read, and this book doesn’t stand alone. There’s also a growing body of scholarly research about the U.S. suffrage movement that has eroded the movement’s relative obscurity. Some excellent books have been published in the U.S. over the past few years. The close ties between the American and English suffrage movement from 1900 through 1914 are also of increasing interest on both sides of the Atlantic. Projects in the process of development in the U.S. include the proposed national suffragist memorial in Lorton, Virginia and a statue of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in NYC’s Central Park.

A LONG LIST OF THOSE PLANNING FOR UPCOMING SUFFRAGE EVENTS AND CELEBRATIONS

Various advocacy organizations and historic sites are already busy planning upcoming suffrage events from now through 2020. These include the National Women’s History Project, the Alice Paul Institute, AAUW, SUNY, the NYS Museum, New York City government, the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Foundation, the National Park Service, the New York State Council on the Humanities, NOW, the NYS Cultural Heritage Tourism Network, WAMC public radio Albany, Vision 2020, Susan B. Anthony Museum & House, the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, Sewall-Belmont House, the Girl Scouts, historic sites and local historical societies, the New York History blog, Turning Point Suffragist Memorial, Votes for Women 2020, Newseum, feminist and voting advocacy organizations, scholarly journals, and many individuals, community organizations, media outlets, public officials, state agencies, and those offering special content such as theatre, workshops, and conferences. If you are aware of suffrage events and programs, let me know at suffragewagon at gmail.com so I can add them to the expanding list.

ACTIVITY AND AWARENESS HAS INCREASED DURING 2015 IN THE U.S.

State centennial celebrations held west of the Mississippi in recent years have brought considerable attention to how American women there first won the right to vote. Delta Sigma Theta made a major contribution to awareness of the participation of African-American women in the movement when it organized record numbers of its members to participate in the centennial parade observance in Washington, DC in 2013.

Susan B. Anthony’s 195th birthday was observed in February 2015 by suffrage movement fans across the U.S. Ambitious plans are also in the works to celebrate Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s 200th birthday in November of 2015. The Women’s Rights National Historic Park in Seneca Falls, New York has announced an active program schedule throughout the year.

Tens of thousands of activists were responsible for American women winning the right to vote. It’s a remarkable accomplishment that deserves to see the light of day. And this means opportunities to mobilize on the local, state and national levels. Don’t forget to bring memories and stories from family archives out of the closet and down from the attic. And support ALL suffrage-related events. If you demonstrate support for the efforts of others, the support will also be there for you.

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Suffrage Video Mania for Women Voters, with Marguerite Kearns, host of Suffrage Wagon Cafe

VIDEO: Mark your calendar for special suffrage movement programs for women voters at the Suffrage Wagon Cafe! on Vimeo.

Suffrage Wagon Cafe will open on March 28, 2015 as part of the international celebration of women artists called SWAN Day (Support Women Artists Now Day). It’s an initiative underway to imagine and manifest what it’s like for women’s art and perspectives to be fully integrated into the life of the planet. The long-term goal of SWAN Day is to inspire communities to recognize and support women artists as a basic element of civic planning.

SUFFRAGE WAGON CAFE IS GO-TO PLACE FOR NEWS, VIEWS & CELEBRATIONS OF THE SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT

Suffrage Wagon Cafe is a platform of Suffrage Wagon News Channel that features lectures, music, film, conversation, and networking about the suffrage movement. Women’s History Month is a great time to subscribe.

SWAN Day is an annual event facilitated by WomenArts (www.womenarts.org) that’s scheduled for the last Saturday of Women’s History Month in March. The idea for SWAN Day grew out of a collaboration between Martha Richards of  WomenArts and Jan Lisa Huttner of Chicago’s WITASWAN (Women in the Audiences Supporting Women Artists Now).  For more information about SWAN Day events happening around the world, visit www.WomenArts.org/swan/.

WomenArts is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women artists have access to the resources they need for their creative work.  Its emphasis is on women in film, video, and theatre.  The WomenArts website provides free networking, advocacy, and funding information services to approximately 2,000 visitors a day.

OTHER VIDEOS ABOUT THE SUFFRAGE WAGON CAFE: Pass on the “Spirit of 1776″ video. Follow Marguerite Kearns and the “Spirit of 1776″ wagon. Grand opening of the Suffrage Wagon Cafe.

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Celebrate Pi Day by baking American apple pie!

VIDEO: Celebrate Pi Day with American apple pie for women voters! on Vimeo.

Here at Suffrage Wagon Cooking School we’ve been making good old American apple pie for women voters. And everyone else too. But it’s not only Pi Day in March, but also Women’s History Month. Pi Day has been observed in many ways, including making, eating and throwing pies as well as discussing the significance of the number π. Apple pie is great to prepare for your action group, bake sales and special occasions for your organization. Here at Suffrage Wagon News Channel we’re celebrating Women’s History Month all during March with special features and events. Suffrage Wagon News Channel has more than 100 suffrage movement videos on its Vimeo channel. This is one from the series on Suffrage Wagon Cooking School.


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“Your Voice, Your Vote” by Martha Burk, featured on Suffrage Wagon Bookshelf

VIDEO: “Your Voice, Your Vote” by Martha Burk, featured on Suffrage Wagon Bookshelf on Vimeo.

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“Your Voice, Your Vote” by Martha Burk is a must-have reference for the modern voter. Any book that features the 1848 Seneca Falls women’s rights convention in the first chapter has my attention from the start. Burk makes it clear that the past, present and future are all related. If this seems like common sense, it’s worth repeating. More often than not, the foundations of today’s struggles for equality and human rights are forgotten or marginalized.

No matter what you’re interested in, Burk has a chapter on the subject that includes an overview and action guide. The book’s subhead “The Savvy Woman’s Guide to Power, Politics, and the Change We Need” puts the topic of voting rights in perspective and where American women stand on a long list of issues. What’s at stake in 2015 and 2016 elections is at the top of the list.

Women have the advantage today in terms of numbers at the polling place. How does this translate to putting the nation’s policymakers’ feet to the fire? Well, that’s a different matter. Burk spares no words when it comes to the economy, taxes, Social Security, health care, reproductive rights, violence against women, education, child care, long-term care, lesbian and gay civil rights, global women’s issues, and more. And it all adds up to the utter importance of modern women voters being informed and taking action through the electoral process.

The author drives home the point that American women have no rights guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution. This is what’s behind all the legislation intended to strip women of rights and liberties, she emphasizes. And so there’s a national campaign to revive the Equal Rights Amendment underway at the local, state and national levels.

Order Martha Burk’s book, and make it your business to support the ERA, a guarantee that Susan B. Anthony herself visualized. It’s worth saying this again: the book, “Your Voice, Your Vote” by Martha Burk is the missing ingredient when it comes to linking our past with the present and future. The potential needs to be realized and Burk tells us how. She also has a syndicated interview program, “Equal Time,” that’s excellent. Treat yourself during Women’s History Month in March.

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS: The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial has moved forward in its campaign to raise money for the national suffragist memorial. Check out the video and news.

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Two videos about the Suffrage Wagon Cafe, plus news notes for Women’s History Month!

VIDEO: Meet me at the Suffrage Wagon Cafe for the Women’s History Month opening! on Vimeo.

The Suffrage Wagon Cafe is partnering with Suffrage Wagon Cooking School. Chef Cutting, our chef for the first series of cooking school recipes, gives us the Big Picture.

VIDEO: Suffrage Wagon Cafe & Suffrage Wagon Cooking School: Important announcement! on Vimeo.

NEWS WRAPUP: Video: Big birthday bash planned for Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s 200th birthday in 2015. New York State is moving forward to plan its 2017 suffrage centennial. The U.S. will have a national suffragist memorial only if we insist on it. Support the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial. Alice Paul Institute is 30 years old. The National Women’s History Project is having its 35th birthday party. The Suffrage Wagon video channel on Vimeo now has more than 100 suffrage videos. A digital library for the “Spirit of 1776″ suffrage wagon is under construction. The concerns of a suffrage activist 100 years ago.
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There will be a national suffragist memorial only if we insist on it!

 Turning Point Suffragist Memorial took a giant leap on a Vimeo video. The Turning Point video is also on YouTube.

Did you ever stop to think where you and the country would be today without the women from around the nation who were willing to endure humiliation, beatings, incarceration, force feeding and inhumane prison conditions to obtain the vote for women less than a century ago? Do you know the names of these women?

The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association has launched “A ‘Grand’ Thank You…Memorialize the Suffragists” campaign during Women’s History Month to raise the $1 million dollars needed to begin Phase 1 of the project. The cost of the memorial’s completion will be close to $7 million. The garden-style national memorial is planned for a location not far from the former Occoquan Workhouse in Lorton, Va. There in 1917, dozens of suffragists endured beatings and force-feedings for “obstructing the sidewalk” as they stood silently in protest at the White House gates. Women from 26 states joined them. The goal is to have the memorial built and operational on or before the 2020 suffrage centennial for the nation.

Your help is needed to pay tribute. If 1,000 people will each give $1,000, the goal of $1 million dollars can be reached by the fall of 2015. More information about the campaign is available on the web site of Turning Point Suffragist Memorial on the 2015 Campaign page. Volunteer to be a requestor/fundraiser by sending email to admin@suffragistmemorial.org.  More information about the memorial itself is available on Turning Point’s  Case Statement.

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