The good news & the upcoming women’s march! Musings by Marguerite Kearns

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On this last day of the Obama administration in Washington, DC, I am coming up for air after a well-deserved and health related break and rest. You can’t keep a suffrage history nut under control, however.

The nation is buzzing with news of the upcoming Women’s March in Washington, DC.

January dawned with the start of the long-awaited 2017 New York State suffrage centennial. Events and programs. local and county proclamations, exhibits and theatrical performances are popping up all over and this is expected to continue from now through 2020, the nation’s suffrage centennial when American women will have been voting for 100 years.

THE NEWS: U.S. President Obama did not award our national suffrage martyr with a citizens medal, a nomination that has been pending for more than a year. I’ve been in my cave for over a year working on this. The centennial campaign for Inez was under the auspices of the National Women’s History Project. The co-chair with me on this project, Bob Cooney, wrote a book about Inez Milholland (RememberingInez.com). That fueled his passion, and I was driven by how my grandmother Edna worked with Inez in the course of her suffrage work in New York City and on Long Island. The amount of awareness about Inez has been growing at a tremendous rate across the country. This has been due, in part, to the 2016 film, “Forward Into Light,” the 15-minute production from filmmaker Martha Wheelock. Get your own copy at: InezMilholland.org  And stop by the Inez Milholland Centennial web site to sign up for the newsletter. We’re not going away!

THE GREAT NEWS: Hundreds of women will be gathering at Inez Milholland’s grave in Lewis, NY on Saturday, January 21, 2017— the day of the big women’s march in Washington, DC. It’s one of the hundreds of “sister” marches throughout the nation and throughout the world.

OUR NEXT INITIATIVE: To support the New York State Museum in putting the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon used by Edna Kearns on permanent exhibit past the 2020 national suffrage centennial. See video above. And we’re grooving on how the word has spread about how we stand on strong shoulders when linking the past with the present and future.

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A nod to the 2017 women’s march in Washington, DC

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Suffrage Wagon News Channel supports the 2017 women’s march in Washington, DC on January 21, 2017. The video “Women’s Marches & Parades” hints of the long American tradition of women’s marches. We’ve been a partner in the Inez Milholland Centennial observance during 2016. Inez, who died for women’s voting rights, has been nominated for a presidential citizens medal. The nomination was submitted more than a year ago and we’re crossing our fingers that President Obama will award it before he leaves office. Check with the InezMilhollandCentennial.com web site for updates. And honor women’s rights activists whose birthdays are in January. The National Women’s History Project not only sponsored the Inez Milholland centennial campaign, but its web site features the birthdays of many American women.

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Inez Milholland Petition being considered by the White House: Suffrage Wagon Cafe program

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Finally—the Inez Milholland citizens medal is being considered by the White House. Today, the following message was sent to the over 1,000 individuals and organizations who signed the Change.org petition in support of U.S. President Obama awarding Inez Milholland (1886-1916) with a presidential citizens medal before he leaves office. This year-long campaign sponsored by the National Women’s History Project has brought Inez Milholland and women’s history to the attention of millions of Americans. Thank you for your ongoing interest and support.

JAN 6, 2017 —

Dear Friends,
The InezMilhollandCentennial has been an energetic and embracing campaign with over one thousand individuals registering their support for honoring Inez Milholland, our nation’s suffrage martyr. Whether a presidential citizens medal is forthcoming or not, Inez has been honored and will continue be recognized thanks to all of you. We are grateful and feel validated that so many people responded, some quite eloquently.

Onward,
Marguerite Kearns & Robert P.J. Cooney Jr., co-chairs of InezMilhollandCentennial.com

PIONEER OF WOMEN’S INAUGURAL MARCHES – INEZ MILHOLLAND – NOMINEE FOR PRESIDENTIAL CITIZENS MEDAL FROM OBAMA

When women march in Washington on January 21, 2017, they are following in the footsteps of forerunner Inez Milholland. Riding a white horse, Inez led the historic, commanding, and impressive 1913 march to demand women’s right to vote.

It is timely and appropriate to award Inez Milholland a Presidential Citizens Medal for her sacrifice and commitment to women’s equality. Milholland was nominated for the medal in 2015. Visit the InezMilhollandCentennial.com web site for more information.

The 2017 march will be the second historic women’s march in the U.S. Capitol linked to a presidential inauguration. The first was the great woman suffrage demonstration on March 3, 1913, just before the inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson. The leading mounted herald of that spectacular Votes for Women march, which included between 8,000 to 10,000 participants, was Inez Milholland (1886-1916). Her dynamic and youthful Joan of Arc image was featured in newspapers across the nation. Three years later, Milholland died during an intense suffrage campaign at age 30 and became the nation’s suffrage martyr.

The year 2016 was the centennial of Milholland’s death. The National Women’s History Project (nwhp.org) sponsored the year-long centennial observance. The release of a new film, “Forward into Light,” by Martha Wheelock of Wild West Women has spread the story of Milholland’s ultimate sacrifice to thousands of individuals, schools, libraries, and community groups across the nation (InezMilholland.org).

U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier of California nominated Milholland in November 2015 for the award and over one thousand individuals and organizations have registered their support for the nomination on a petition to the President.

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

Your name was included in the petition delivered to the White House for the President’s consideration. Inez Milholland carried a banner going back to 1911. The banner message read:

“Forward, out of error
Leave behind the night
Forward through the darkness
Forward into light!”

Light a candle in honor of Inez Milholland during 2017 —the centennial of New York State women winning the vote in 1917. Visit New York for a wide range of suffrage exhibits, receptions, theatrical productions, music, song and dance celebrating women’s freedom to vote.

New York State understands the value of cultural heritage tourism. Support a similar policy where you live. And appreciate how you have played an important part in an ongoing movement of justice and equality.

We stand on strong shoulders!

For more information: InezMilhollandCentennial.com and nwhp.org

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New Zealand has suffrage centennial medal: Why not citizens medal for Inez Milholland?

New zealand suffrage centennial medalIf New Zealand can issue a suffrage centennial medal, can the United States manage a similar act of recognition?

Inez Milholland (1886-1916) died in the course of working for women’s rights. The year 2016 marked the centennial of her death in California. In 2015, U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier nominated Milholland for a presidential citizens medal. Yet it is possible that there will be a change in administrations in Washington, DC and Milholland’s nomination will fall into the cracks.

It’s not likely that this would happen in New Zealand because it has had a Suffrage Centennial Medal in place since 1993. The national medal was intended to “recognize those New Zealand and Commonwealth citizens who had made a significant to women’s rights or women’s issues within New Zealand.” The medal has been awarded to 546 men and women.

Is there a problem in the United States? We’re trailing New Zealand and other parts of the world if Inez Milholland doesn’t qualify for a presidential citizens medal before the change of administrations in Washington, DC. Of course there is a rush for last-minute issues, but the presidential citizens medal for Milholland was filed more than a year ago.

THE SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL MEDAL FOR NEW ZEALAND IS STRIKING

Take a look at the New Zealand medal. It’s circular and bronze with an antique finish. The ribbon is purple with three narrow stripes of white, yellow and white in the center. When worn, the medal can be suspended by the ribbon shaped into a bow. The medal was manufactured by the Royal Australian Mint.

New Zealand was the first nation in the world to grant women the right to vote. It took American women more than 72 years of hard struggle to win this same right.

Doesn’t 2017 qualify this nation to consider a presidential medal for Inez Milholland? After all, 2016 was the centennial of the death of Milholland, our national suffrage martyr. The medal is significant especially after the election year of 2016 highlighting the first woman from a major party to run for the nation’s highest office.

INEZ MILHOLLAND (1886-1916) LED THE FIRST WOMEN’S INAUGURAL MARCH IN 1913 IN THE NATION’S CAPITOL

There is still time for action. But will it happen in time? Inez Milholland led the first inaugural women’s march in Washington, DC of 8,000 to 10,000 women in 1913. The 2017 women’s march in mid-January is the second such inaugural march of women designed to draw attention to women’s rights.

The awarding of a presidential citizens medal for Inez Milholland is part of a long-term effort by the National Women’s History Project to write women into American history. Individuals and organizations have been doing this work for more than 35 years. Awarding Milholland this medal will be a step in the right direction and something to be applauded.

For more information about New Zealand that has its act together, follow this link.

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Kickstarter campaign for Alice Paul: Suffrage Wagon Cafe

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 “TEA with ALICE and ME” 

The Intersecting Lives of Two Militant Visionaries
Written and Presented by Zoe Nicholson
A Wild West Women Production

We always had a little tearoom, always at our headquarters.    Miss Alice Paul.

Nothing Alice Paul did was quite as innocent as this remark implies.  More to the point,
…The Grated Door, the Woman’s Party tearoom in Washington, where the militants, under Alice Paul, met daily to plan the next move in the campaign for suffrage. Boston Post, Sunday, Jul 24, 1921 – Page 24

14 Jackson Place, Washington DC (used with permission)
14 Jackson Place, Washington DC (used with permission)

14 Jackson Place, The Woman’s Party Headquarters 1917 – 1922 had full view of Mr. Wilson’s White House, just across Lafayette Square. As the Silent Sentinels guarded the many White House gates, they took rest and planned a revolution over a cup of tea. Sewing torn banners, warming feet, drying off and taking a short respite; more than tea was being served. It was the birthplace of Non-Violent Direct Action in the United States.

Forward out of Darkness, Forward into Light
Forward out of Darkness, Forward into Light

TEA with ALICE and ME
Presentation and Production

This multi-media stage presentation is a TED talk on steroids. It is both historic and current. It is the astounding story of one woman’s life and how she was intentionally redacted into obscurity by jealous and disapproving moderates. It is a story about a small Quaker woman who carried a fire for Equality that could not be extinguished – no matter the defeats, the rise and fall of public opinion or her declining age.

March, 4, 1913 – as the first person to create a march to the White House, the architect of the successful radical suffrage campaign and the woman whom so few could identify from a photo; knowing her is not merely gift but a call to action.

A true strategic genius and strident leader. She did not suffer fools but women were drawn to her for one simple reason, she knew what had to be done.

Finally, after studying, writing and speaking about Miss Alice Paul for almost 40 years, Zoe Nicholson, standing in Alice’s shadow, proclaims our legacy and lights a newcomer’s torch. Zoe believes that this intentional invisibility needs to end, Alice needs to be brought into stark relief, with all her faults, all her cultural limitations and elevated to her proper status. The loss of Alice’s imprint has robbed us of this true American hero.

The program features, the master story-teller, Zoe and the hundreds of photos she has collected over the years demonstrating Non-Violent Direct Action. VISIT HER WEB SITE ABOUT ALICE PAUL AND HER LABOR OF LOVE!

A Lifetime of Activism
A Lifetime of Activism

I am in love with equality and you are too.
It is just that simple.
Because, in fact, there is no place else to be.

From: Martha Wheelock, ED Wild West Women Inc.
Wild West Women. We make films. Films about women.

The Centennial of the 19th Amendment and all the various events that led up to August 26, 1920 are now being celebrated across the country. Most recently we marked the death of Inez Milholland. One hundred years ago suffrage activists marched into Statuary Hall for Inez’s national memorial –a significant first for women. Inspired by the 1,000 women carrying banners up the steps and under the leadership of Alice Paul, the National Woman’s Party began standing in silence, holding suffrage banners, around the White House, January 10, 1917.

Wild West Women, Inc. is proud to produce a new and innovative program, Tea with Alice and Me; written and presented by Alice Paul scholar, Zoe Nicholson. This multi-media stage production, narrated by Zoe is personal, political, insightful and inspiring. She not only illustrates the 9 decades of Alice’s activist life but establishes direct parallels to current protests, demonstrations and strategies. Now, more than ever, we need to embrace our legacy as activists. We need to treasure and exercise the VOTE. We need to bring our radical political women into national prominence. Women and girls will find leadership and strength in the great Alice Paul.

Examining her 92 years, we raise her astounding life out of obscurity,
declare her strategic genius and arm ourselves with relentless courage.
We need Alice Paul’s legacy in these times.

Two years ago, assistant producer on the film, Inez Milholland ~ Forward into Light, Zoe Nicholson began work on a script for a full stage presentation about Alice Paul. Zoe, herself, (and we as eavesdroppers), is the interlocutor with “Alice Paul.” Zoe has been researching and “living” with Alice Paul over several decades. Zoe is more than a scholar and academic; she is imbued, absorbed and obsessed, the way one has to be to get at the heart and head of Alice Paul.

Since 1980, Zoe has been more than studying Alice Paul, she has been using her tactics and teaching others about Non-Violent Direct Action. 1982, for 37 days, Zoe herself fasted at the Illinois State House for the ERA, as Alice Paul did for Suffrage. I have attended four presentations by Zoe on Alice Paul and Zoe holds an audience mesmerized while delivering profound understanding not only of Alice Paul but also of inspired activism. Zoe lifts her audience from any chronological biography to the application of activism, drawing parallels from what is practiced today to its point of origin, Alice Paul. Stories draw us in as she tells us about the scheming, the long commitment and Alice’s resolute demand for Equality.

Not only will this Kickstarter Campaign provide the resources to mount the program, Tea with Alice and Me, it will be used for the professional multi camera filming, with professional sound recording the presentation. This will be used to promote the live presentation, guarantee that this rich history lives in public record and lift Alice Paul to her rightful status as the Founder of US Non-Violent Direct Action, militant suffragist and author of the ERA.  It will be available for schools, colleges, libraries and public television.

Miss Alice Paul
Miss Alice Paul

From: Zoe Nicholson, Writer, Speaker, Activist
The Hungry Heart, A Woman’s Fast for Justice

NOW more than ever, we need to embrace women activists. Americans need to know that Alice Paul founded Non-Violent Direct Action to the U.S. Every day Americans turn to study the tactics of Gandhi when we could be listening to our very own Alice Paul. From Tar Sands to Charleston, from North Dakota to Ferguson, from Reproductive Justice to Immigration, there is no doubt that understanding and interpreting the methods and heart of Miss Alice Paul would raise the conversation and inspire women and girls, men and boys, all those who seek to create change through peaceful Non-Violent Direct Action. One day Alice Paul will be recognized as the first American to use Non-Violent Direct Action, Civil Disobedience and political protest within a political movement and I hope I will be one of the instruments of that righteous occasion.

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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.

Public radio WAMC

 

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.

Link to the story on WAMC radio.

 

 

 

 

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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.

"Spirit of 1776" storytelling

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Four holiday videos from suffrage advocates

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We wish you a happy and peaceful holiday season!

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Holiday greetings & news from Marguerite Kearns

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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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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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Christmas Day 1916 service for Inz Milholland, 100 years ago!

Inez MIlhollandThis audio reading is from “Jailed for Freedom” by Doris Stevens, 1920. It is the statement by Maude Younger at the Christmas Day 1916 memorial service for Inez Milholland at Statuary Hall in Washington, DC. (Courtesy: Librivox). After it became apparent that U.S. President Woodrow Wilson wasn’t moved by the extraordinary effort by American women, in addition to Milholland’s death, they started picketing the White House in early 1917. This was 100 years ago. Let’s examine together where we have been and where we are a century later. Will U.S. President Barack Obama award Inez Milholland with a citizens medal before he leaves office? Suffrage Wagon News Channel is a partner in the InezMilhollandCentennial.com observance during 2016. Follow the Suffrage Wagon for updates and listen to the audio. It is a valuable insight into Inez.

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WILL PRESIDENT OBAMA AWARD SUFFRAGIST INEZ MILHOLLAND A PRESIDENTIAL CITIZENS MEDAL? No hints as to the outcome of the nomination of America’s suffrage martyr

 Will the nomination of America’s suffrage martyr, Inez Milholland, for a Presidential Citizens Medal get lost in the shuffle from one administration to the next?

“We’re holding our breaths, waiting and hoping,” said Molly Murphy MacGregor, executive director and co-founder of the National Women’s History Project (nwhp.org). “The centennial of her death gives the nomination a once in a 100 years significance. Hundreds of people have signed our petition of support and sent in letters and post cards.”

U.S. Representative Jackie Speier of California nominated Inez Milholland for the Presidential Citizens Medal in November 2015. For the past year, the NWHP has sponsored the Inez Milholland Centennial Campaign to draw attention to this young woman who died in California 100 years ago working for Votes for Women. The medal has rarely been awarded recently, and never to a suffragist.

CITIZENS MEDAL EFFORT ISN’T IN ISOLATION

Inez MIlholland“This nomination of Inez for a Presidential Citizens Medal isn’t in isolation,” according to MacGregor. “It is part of the continuation of a long and difficult struggle dating back to the 1848 women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York, and culminating in the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920.”

New York attorney and suffrage activist Inez Milholland (1886-1916) died in Los Angeles on November 25, 1916 of exhaustion and pernicious anemia. She collapsed during a grueling speaking tour and became a martyr to the cause of justice and women. Information about this beloved suffragist is available on InezMilhollandCentennial.com. A free DVD about the life of Inez Milholland is available through InezMilholland.org.

Milholland was a founding member of the National Woman’s Party, which had its headquarters at the Sewall-Belmont House in Washington, DC. President Obama recently designated the house the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument.

NEW YORK STATE NEXT FOR SUFFRAGE OBSERVANCES

Next year, 2017, marks the centennial of women winning the right to vote in the Inez’s native state of New York, a key step towards passage of suffrage nationally. Three additional states will celebrate their suffrage centennials in 2018: Michigan, Oklahoma, and South Dakota. There have already been centennial celebrations in half a dozen other states. The year 2020 will mark the centennial of women winning the vote nationally.

For the past 35 years, the NWHP has been carrying out its mission of educating the public about women’s history. The establishment of Women’s History Month by Congress in 1987 was one such accomplishment.

For more information: Molly Murphy MacGregor at (707) 636-2888 or nwhp@nwhp.org

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We’re taking the next week seriously by reaching out and making sure you know that the Inez Milholland presidential citizens’ medal campaign is winding down. For more than a year we have been building support for the presidental medal. Check out the InezMilhollandCentennial web site for basic information. See what you missed on Suffrage Wagon News Channel and the web site devoted to suffrage centennial events and celebrations.

We’ll be making the presentation to the White House soon, so make sure your name is included. If successful, the petition presentation will become part of a historic archive.

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The Inez Milholland petition campaign is winding down. If you haven’t added your name, please do so! Will a presidential citizens’ medal be lost in the transition of one administration to another? Perhaps. We’re concerned. And the way of addressing this? Do the best we can. Follow the petition link.

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WILL AMERICA’S SUFFRAGE MARTYR BE LOST IN THE SHUFFLE?

NOT IF WE TAKE ACTION NOW!

by Marguerite Kearns, your host at Suffrage Wagon Cafe:

 Inez Milholland died 100 years ago on November 25, 1916 for women’s voting rights.

Inez Milholland Boissevain (1886-1916) is America’s suffrage martyr and 2016 is the centennial observance of her death. For more than a year, American women have been writing Inez back into history by:

  1. Ordering a free film (available at InezMilholland.org);
  2. Signing a petition for a presidential citizens’ medal (see link on change.org)
  3. Participating with the InezMilhollandCentennial with its campaign; and
  4. Supporting the nomination for recognition by U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier.

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Schools and college students, as well as citizens across the nation, have been sending postcards to the White House and circulating a digital petition. The National Women’s History Project made Inez one of their 2016 honorees.

The citizens’ medal, the second highest of presidential awards, recognizes Americans who have made significant contributions to the nation’s progress.  Citing her “vital” leadership in the suffrage movement, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) called Milholland “a shining star in the pantheon of inspiring leaders” in the early 20th century.  Speier nominated Inez for the medal.

Yet our national suffrage martyr is barely known even in the region where she lived, and where there are today few women elected to office in upstate New York where she is buried. As a result, there has been an outpouring of concern that has led to action on the national level.

inez-millholland-chair-225x300A chair in the Essex County government chambers is dedicated to Inez but no woman has been elected to the Board of Supervisors since 2014 and the chair remains empty. There are no women elected to office in 14 of the 18 town councils in Essex County.

Inez certainly tried to address women’s exclusion while she was alive. In 1911, she spoke to Essex County male legislators and gave them a piece of her mind. She was a commanding figure—a Vassar College graduate, tall, attractive, full of energy and drive, a law student at New York University, and someone ready to change the world.

Inez Milholland went on to graduate from law school. After participating in other forms of social activism, she focused on women’s rights.

Many Americans are aware of the striking figure on horseback leading thousands of women in Votes for Women parades in New York City and Washington, DC. When they asked the name of this dynamic individual inspiring tens of thousands of voting activists, they found out it was Inez Milholland.

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Inez wasn’t alone among New Yorkers passionate about social justice. Essex County in upstate New York has a long history of leadership in civic liberty. The region was a major route on the Underground Railroad before the Civil War. Prior to his burial, John Brown’s body lay overnight in the room where the Essex County Board of Supervisors meets.

Inez’s grave is not far from the center of county government in the neighboring Town of Lewis, NY. Many people travel there each year to honor her. The family home, now a music school, is nearby.

Inez died on the other side of the country, in Los Angeles, on November 25, 1916, after a grueling speaking tour of the west to arouse women voters. Women in the western states won the vote before their sisters in the East and so they actually had political power. Inez wanted to harness that power to pass the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that guaranteed American women the right to vote.

Local and state interest in Inez Milholland goes national!

Inez Milholland is both America’s suffrage martyr and a local “hero,” according to Margaret Bartley who lives a ten-minute drive from the churchyard in Lewis, NY where Inez is buried. Bartley is a trustee at the Adirondack History Museum and is working to plan an exhibit for 2017 that will highlight Inez.

NYS Suffrage Centennial

The year 2017 is the centennial of New York women winning the right to vote in 1917. New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul chairs a state suffrage commission and organizations throughout the state have started planning events and special celebrations.

From 2012-2013, Bartley served as the town supervisor for Elizabethtown, NY, the Essex County seat, and she served as one of five women on the eighteen-member Board of Supervisors. The first woman was elected in 1980 and women have been participants in every Board for 33 years through 2013. Five women served on the Board in 2010-2011, but when they ran for re-election, they lost.

“All of the women in office were defeated and today there are NO women in the County Board of Supervisors,” Bartley recounted. “The local Republican Committee leader bragged about how his party had taken out all the women!”

Bartley described how the outgoing elected women took action. At the end of their terms in office, they stood before the all-male board while Bartley read part of Inez Milholland’s 1911 speech, the one she delivered in that very room more than 100 years earlier.

The women dedicated a special chair with a plaque designating it as the “Inez Milholland Chair” reserved for the next woman to be elected to the Board. The idea was to both honor Inez and encourage women to run for office.

Bartley is not alone in insisting that the memory of Inez Milholland come out of the shadows. Activists with the National Women’s History Project in California have been building a national educational campaign to honor Inez’s life and work since 2015. One of the campaigns has been to ask President Obama to award Inez the Presidential Citizens Medal before he leaves office in recognition of Milholland’s sacrifice and the work of so many other women working diligently from 1848 to 1920 to win the right to vote for American women.

Many people are aware of Inez. Our job is to make certain that she receives the star she deserves in terms of national recognition.

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The Inez Milholland centennial project organizers have been contacting the White House and working with California U.S. Representative Jackie Speier to collect signatures on a digital petition, in addition to letters and postcards. The petition is in the process of being officially presented to the White House. It is not too late to add your name, but it must be done ASAP. Go to the Inez petition link on change.org

You can also contact President Obama by letter at: Executive Office of the President, ATTN: Executive Clerk’s Office, The White House, Washington, DC 20502.

A 2016 film highlights her remarkable life. Filmmaker Martha Wheelock of Wild West Women in Los Angeles is circulating “Forward Into Light,” a 15-minute documentary and she has distributed thousands of free copies across the nation. You can also order a free copy for your own use, for school programs, and for organizational events. The documentary contains original archival footage responsible for raising the profile of Inez and the entire woman’s suffrage movement.

The national suffrage centennial is planned for 2020 when American women will have been voting for one hundred years. Throughout the nation, schools, community groups and interested citizens are learning about Inez for the first time as these efforts, literally, write her back into history.

Will this message resonate throughout the nation? Will American women finally hear of and appreciate the long and difficult struggle to win the right to vote? Will we recognize and celebrate women’s drive for political liberty this year and in the years ahead? That’s the idea.

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November: “Night of Terror” in 1917 & Inez Milholland centennial!

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Centennial observances aren’t going away just because of a single election—especially when the nation is split down the middle

Our grandmothers and great grandmothers signed up for the long haul. Today we are observing and celebrating their persistence and determination. The goal of equal rights is being measured in 100-year increments. That’s why we observe suffrage centennials. Join us!

Edna Kearns and Serena Kearns appealed to U.S. President Woodrow Wilson when they picketed the White House in 1917. And they would understand those of us today who are appealing to President Obama to award our national suffrage martyr, Inez Milholland, with a presidential citizens medal before he leaves office.

November is when we remember the “Night of Terror” when suffrage activists were intimidated and roughed up in their jail cells for the crime of standing up for themselves and freedom.

We call November 14, 1917 the Night of Terror because of what the suffrage picketers  experienced at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia. A total of 33 women who called themselves the Silent Sentinels set up a daily picket line the White House after being arrested for causing traffic disturbances. Their request was simple and direct—voting rights for women. The prisoners were brutally tortured and beaten. These women were primarily members of the National Woman’s Party (NWP), an organization led by Alice Paul and Lucy Burns struggling for the right to vote.

The White House 1917 picketing began not long after suffrage activist InezMilholland’s death; she died on November 25, 1916. To find out more about Inez, visit her centennial web site at InezMilhollandCentennial.com

The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial has been working on a suffrage history memorial with the goal of the memorial’s launch in 2020, the centennial of American women voting in the United States. Women like Inez Milholland, and many thousands of others whose names we may never know, volunteered for the cause.

November is when we remember the death of Inez Milholland in 1916, 100 years ago. Sign the digital petition asking President Obama to award Inez Milholland with a presidential medal. More information on the Inez Milholland centennial web site.
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ABOUT ME: I’m Marguerite Kearns, the granddaughter of Edna Kearns. My grandmother Edna died in 1934, well before I entered the scene. Publishing this blog has been a labor of love. And it has put me in the flow to learn as much about the suffrage movement as possible. Suffrage Wagon News Channel has been publishing since 2009.

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As a partner in the Inez Milholland Centennial of her death in 1916, we continue in our special coverage about how we’ve been writing Inez into American history. Inez is America’s suffrage martyr. She collapsed on October 25, 1916 when on a lecture tour of the West to appeal to women voters there to take part in the extraordinary effort to add the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Inez died on November 25, 1916, a special day for remembering. Inez was just thirty years old.  We’ve been urging everyone to watch the video, “Choose It and Use It,” a music video reminding us that when we vote, we’re also remembering Inez Milholland.

In our special Suffrage Wagon Cafe program for Halloween, we’re touching into the address Inez gave to the men running Essex County in upstate New York where Inez grew up and where she is buried today. In 1911, Inez gave them a piece of her mind about women being invisible and without representation. Today in 2016, Essex County in upstate New York is run only by men in elected positions.

Here is what Inez told them more than 100 years ago.

Inez MilhollandTaken from the September 19, 1911 speech by Inez Milholland to the Essex County Board of Supervisors

Gentleman, you are about to elect a representative to the Assembly of the State of New York. The man you elect will be sent to the legislature, to look after the interests of the people in Essex County.

         He is there to protect your rights, to voice your needs, and to safeguard your liberties…. He must do the right thing by you, no matter what the result to himself as a politician.

         You have had representatives in the past who did not play fair with you.  On the contrary, they left behind your interests, needs, and desires to look after themselves.

         You all know that a man will promise anything while he is running for office in order to get your support, your vote, and once he’s elected, more often than not, he often fails to keep those promises. You have all been fooled that way, time and time again.

         Unless—and here is your only protection   — unless the man you elect to office is a Just man. If he is fundamentally Just, he will deal fairly with you, whether or not he has hopes or desires for reelection.

         If he is fundamentally just, he will stand up for those measures in the legislature, no matter what party bosses may say, and no matter how much his stand may affect his chances of personal advancement.

         If he is fundamentally just, he will protect the weak. He will not only look after the interests of those who help him, but he will look after the interests of his constituents, who can give him nothing in return.

         But how are you going to tell whether or not your candidate for office believes in justice?

Here is one way. …..a man who protects the interests of those who can give him nothing in return, is a just man.

         At present women are —politically speaking—weak and without protection. That is, they have no guarantee that their interests will be safeguarded, their demands listened to, or their needs attended to… Women have to obey laws, which they have had no voice in making. This is contrary to the American idea of government, which is “government with the consent of the governed.”

         Women are taxed without being represented. This is contrary to the Revolutionary Idea on which our Republic was founded, which says that, “Taxation without representation is tyranny.”

         Women have the same interests as men: in clean government, good roads, and sound education. Yet they have nothing whatever to say about the laws. All these questions are handled by a legislature, which pays no attention to the wants, the needs or the voice of women… If women should break any one of these laws, which they have no voice in making, they would be fined, imprisoned, or put to death –exactly the same as men.

         Women, you see, pay all the penalties of citizenship, but enjoy none of its privileges…
No longer obscureMargaret Bartley is a former elected official in Essex County, New York who is determined to remember Inez Milholland. She reminds us that Inez took her case for women’s rights to the Essex County Republican Convention in Lake Placid where she received the unanimous support of the Republican Party. Two years later, she led a parade of 8,000 women marchers in Washington DC, during President Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration.

“She worked tirelessly for the cause of American women,” Margaret says. “In 1916, while delivering a speech in Los Angeles, Inez fell ill and died a few weeks later at the age of thirty. Her body was returned to her Meadowmount home here in Essex County, and over 2,000 people attended her funeral at the Lewis cemetery. Four years after her death the 19th amendment to the Constitution was passed in 1920 giving American women the right to vote. It took another 60 years, in 1980, before a woman became a member of the Essex County Board of Supervisors. The 18, 740 women of Essex County no longer have a representative or a voice in county government. This is also true for Essex County women in 14 of the 18 town councils in Essex County, New York. But it has not always been this way.”

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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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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

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“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.”

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"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.

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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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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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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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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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Nomination to honor U.S. Suffrage Martyr, Inez Milholland

27 A group of grassroots activists and a California Congresswoman have joined forces to honor suffragist Inez Milholland on the centennial of her death while campaigning for Votes for Women.

Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA) has submitted a nomination to President Obama for Milholland (1886-1916) to be awarded the Presidential Citizen’s Medal in 2016. This second highest of civilian awards recognizes Americans who have made a significant contribution to the nation’s progress. Citing her “vital” leadership in the suffrage movement, Congresswoman Speier called Milholland “a shining star in the pantheon of inspiring leaders” in the early 20th century.   The nomination is featured on the web site, InezMilhollandCentennial.com.

The yearlong Inez Milholland Centennial campaign is part of the National Women’s History Project, the 35-year-old educational center responsible for the month of March being officially designated as National Women’s History Month. Journalist Marguerite Kearns, descendant of a suffragist and editor of the SuffrageCentennials.com website, is co-chair along with Robert P. J. Cooney, Jr., author of “Winning the Vote” and editor of “Remembering Inez: The Last Campaign of Suffrage Martyr, Inez Milholland.”

The two activists have started a digital petition (www.change.org/p/help-honor-an-american-hero) and postcard campaign so individuals and organizations can show their support for the nomination. The project’s website offers further details, information and resources about Milholland, and newly issued “Honor Inez” buttons. The project welcomes partners and invites the participation of schools, individuals, and groups throughout the country.

The year 2016 is the centennial of Milholland’s death in Los Angeles of exhaustion and pernicious anemia. The loss of the charismatic, thirty-year-old New York attorney intensified women’s efforts for the ballot and led to the picketing of the White House in January 1917. “Milholland’s death reignited the drive for a Constitutional amendment and tragically emphasized the price American women were forced to pay to win their own civil rights,” noted Kearns.

“2016 is also an election year,” Marguerite Kearns observed, “when American women will be remembering the long and difficult 72-year campaign for Votes for Women nationally that they finally won through the 19th Amendment in 1920.”

While highlighting Inez’s story, the centennial project encourages communities throughout the country to research their own local and state suffragists and celebrate their achievements.

As Cooney noted, “Inez Milholland was one of tens of thousands of women who worked for equal rights between 1848 and 1920, and we should know many more of them by name.”   The effort is part of the preparation for the national suffrage centennial in 2020.

A new 15-minute film, “Inez Milholland: Forward into Light,” is in the process of completion by producer Martha Wheelock of Wild West Women. A trailer for film, which is scheduled to premier in April, is posted on YouTube.

Inez Milholland is one of sixteen 2016 Honorees being recognized by the National Women’s History Project at a special Women’s History Month luncheon in Washington, DC. The noontime event is being held at The Hamilton Live on March 19, 2016. For tickets, visit nwhp.org.

 

 

Women’s suffrage storytelling is expanded with audio podcasts!

Goal of 200 storytelling videos about women’s suffrage movement makes learning American history easy for young people on Vimeo.

THREE AUDIO PODCAST SERIES THAT SHOW THE U.S. SUFFRAGE ACTIVISTS FOR THE COMPLEX AND PERSISTENT INDIVIDUALS THEY WERE:

(1.) “Trouble Brewing in Seneca Falls.” Podcast #1. Podcast #2. Podcast #3. Podcast #4. Podcast #5. Podcast #6. Podcast #7.

(2.) “Playing Politics with the President.” Podcast #1. Podcast #2. Podcast #3. Podcast #4. Podcast #5. Podcast #6. Podcast #7. Podcast #8. Podcast #9.

(3.) “The Night of Terror.” Podcast #1. Podcast #2. Podcast #3. Podcast #4. Podcast #5. Podcast #6. Podcast #7. Podcast #8.

Videos keep people coming back to see what’s new on Suffrage Wagon News Channel. Highlights of some of the personal videos about Edna Kearns and family. We’re adding new videos often. AND TAKE NOTE OF OUR EXPANDING COLLECTION OF AUDIO PODCASTS!

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Honor the grandmothers in the kitchen!

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Honor the grandmothers in the kitchen! on Vimeo.

The year 2016 is an election year –more reason than ever to remember the grandmothers and great grandmothers who spent more than 72 years working to win voting rights for women.

When you visit Suffrage Wagon Cooking School you’ll see a representative sampling of the cooking demonstrations during 2015, plus an archive. Chef Marguerite is your host.

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Birthday celebration on December 25th: Edna Kearns & Martha Wright!

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Happy Birthday, Edna Buckman Kearns, suffrage activist! on Vimeo.

December 25th birthdaysHappy birthday Edna Kearns and Martha Wright on December 25th.

Tara Bloyd, Edna’s great granddaughter, signed in support of funding for the New York State women’s suffrage centennial commission. See letter sent to NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo to urge inclusion of the suffrage centennial commission in the upcoming state budget. The “Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon used by Edna Kearns in the New York State suffrage organizing campaign is part of our 2015 “Ask Santa” effort.

NYS state suffrage centennial 2017

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A major accomplishment of 2015: Support for “Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon

Suffrage Wagon News ChannelHelp us celebrate a major media campaign defining 2015. We’ve been spreading the word about the ongoing effort to support the New York State Museum in putting the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage Wagon on permanent exhibit.

We were thrilled when Newsday (Long Island, NY) published a two-page spread in June 2015 about the campaign. The effort to support the NYS Museum’s permanent exhibition of the “Spirit of 1776” wagon continues with the video celebrating suffrage activist Edna Kearns’ birthday on December 25th. Support for the permanent wagon exhibit is part of the “Spirit of 1776” media campaign for 2015.

For more information about the “Spirit of 1776” campaign wagon used by Edna Kearns in the New York State suffrage campaign. In 2016 we will be remembering the first time the “Spirit of 1776” wagon was exhibited in New York State in Kingston, NY back in 1986, almost thirty years ago.

We continue gathering support for the permanent exhibit of the “Spirit of 1776” wagon. Plan to visit the New York State Museum when the wagon is on exhibit during 2017 as part of the state’s suffrage centennial observance. And support the wagon’s permanent exhibit.  Join us!

Newsday, June 2015

Newsday article, page 2, June 2015

Happy Birthday, Edna Buckman Kearns, suffrage activist! on Vimeo.
Suffrage StorytellingThe stories of Edna Buckman Kearns and friends are featured on the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage storytelling.

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Christmas in 1823, a story by Elizabeth Cady Stanton

2015 is the 200th birthday of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Here’s what she had to say about Christmas in 1823. Two large and diverse events in New York City and Seneca Falls, NY in November 2015 brought many people together to remember that the women’s rights movement in the United States was long and uphill. This holiday message adds to the year’s birthday observance.

Note that Peter, referred to in this piece, is key to this holiday story. In service to the family, Peter appears to have been in charge of inspiring the holiday spirit, assisting in the preparation of the holiday meal and telling stories. Stanton notes that he sat in a separate section at the church in the Finger Lakes region of New York State and his presence caused static. Check out this story. It’s a personal account of the life experiences of a very complex and controversial activist. Johnstown, NY, the childhood home of Mrs. Stanton, has an active program year round of programs featuring Mrs. Stanton and women’s history.

Holiday stockingsby 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 iberties allowed, center in that large cellar kitchen to which I have already referred. There we spent many winter evenings in uninterrupted enjoyment.

A large fireplace with huge logs shed warmth and cheerfulness around. In one corner sat Peter sawing his fiddle, while our youthful neighbors danced with us and played blindman’s buff almost every evening during the vacation. The most interesting character in this game was the black boy called Jacob, Peters lieutenant, who made things lively for us by always keeping one eye open — a wise precaution to guard himself from danger, and to keep us on the jump. Hickory nuts, sweet cider, and olie-koeks (a Dutch name for a fried cake with raisins inside) were our refreshments when there came a lull in the fun.

As St. Nicholas was supposed to come down the  chimney, our stockings were pinned on a broomstick, laid across two chairs in front of the fireplace. We retired on Christmas Eve with the most pleasing anticipations of what would be in our stockings next morning. The thermometer in that latitude was often twenty degrees below zero, yet, bright and early we would run downstairs in our bare feet over the cold floors to carry stockings and broom to the nursery.

STOCKING STUFFINGS BACK IN 1823Vintage holiday card

The gorgeous presents that St. Nicholas now distributes show that he, too, has been growing up with the country. The boys and girls of today will laugh when they hear of the contents of our stockings in 1823. There was a little paper of candy, one of raisins, another of nuts, a red apple, an olie-koek, and a bright silver quarter of a dollar in the toe. If a child had been guilty of any erratic performance during the year, which was often my case, a long stick would protrude from the stocking; if particularly good, an illustrated catechism or the New Testament would appear, showing that the St. Nicholas of that time held decided views on discipline and ethics.

During the day we would take a drive over the snow-clad hills and valleys in a long red lumber sleigh. All the children it could hold made the forest echo with their songs and laughter. The sleigh bells, and Peter’s fine tenor voice, added to the chorus, seemed to chant, as we passed, “Merry Christmas!” to the farmers’ children and to all we met on the highway. Returning home, we were allowed, as a great Christmas treat, to watch all the preparations for dinner.

Attired in a white apron and turban, Peter assisted the cook. Holding in his hand a tin candlestick the size of a dinner plate, containing a lighted tallow candle, with a stately step he marched into the spacious cellar, with Jacob and three little girls dressed in red flannel at his heels. As the farmers paid the interest on their mortgages in barrels of pork, head-cheese, poultry, eggs, and cider, the cellars were well crowded for the winter, making the master of an establishment quite indifferent to all questions offinance. Laden with vegetables, butter, eggs, and a huge turkey, Peter and his followers returned to the kitchen. There, seated on a big ironing table, we watched the dressing and roasting of the bird in a tin oven in front of the fire. Jacob peeled the vegetables, we all sang, and Peter told us marvelous stories.

StrawberriesA BLACK AND WHITE CHRISTMAS IN UPSTATE NEW YORK

Peter was a devout Episcopalian, and took great pleasure in helping the young people decorate the old stone church, built by Sir William Johnson, and which stood just opposite our house. He would take us with him and show us how to make evergreen wreaths. Like Mary’s lamb, where’er he went we were sure to go. His love for us was unbounded, and fully returned. He was the only being, visible or invisible, of whom we had no fear. We would go to divine service with Peter Christmas morning and sit with him by the door, in what was called “the negro pew.”

He was the only colored member of the church, and, after all the other communicants had taken the sacrament, he went to the altar. Dressed in a new suit of blue with gilt buttons, he looked like a prince, as, with head erect, he walked up the aisle, the grandest specimen of manhood in the whole congregation; and yet so strong was prejudice against color in 1823 that no one would kneel beside him. On leaving us on one of these occasions, no sooner had he started than the youngest of us, Kate, slowly followed after him and seated herself close on the altar steps beside him. As he came back, holding the child by the hand, what a lesson it must have been to that prejudiced congregation!

SuffBookShelfFrom: ELIZABETH CADY STANTON: As Revealed in Her Letters, Diary and Reminiscences. Edited by Theodore Stanton and Harriot Stanton Blatch. Free ebook is available online.

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Episode #10 of Suffrage Storytelling: Bess cautions Edna about falling in love!

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Episode #10 of “Spirit of 1776” Suffrage Storytelling! on Vimeo.

Over 100 years ago young women questioned marriage and whether or not it was in their best interest. Back then, women were property, not individuals with the rights of citizenship. Women were expected to pay taxes and accept their second-class citizenship. “No way,” said Bess, Edna’s best friend. Bess decided that she didn’t want to get married if it meant giving up the freedom to realize her potential rather than be evaluated on how well she cooked and cared for children.

100 YEARS AGO YOUNG WOMEN LOOKED FOR WAYS TO COMBINE FAMILY AND FREEDOM TOO!

Edna May Buckman wanted freedom and family too. She believed that partnership could be linked to equality, but she had to find the right man who would be committed to this vision. When Edna started seeing Wilmer Kearns, Bess stepped in. Episode #10 of the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage storytelling highlights Edna’s search to find the right partner.

COMING NEXT ON EPISODE #11 OF SUFFRAGE STORYTELLING

In Episode #11, Edna invites Wilmer to meet her family. But will Wilmer make a good impression? Already we’ve discovered that Edna loves Wilmer’s storytelling, but she hates his pipe and cigar. Wilmer is figuring out whether or not Edna is worth changing his lifestyle. But he needs advice. In New York City where Wilmer is working at his first job, he meets Aunt Sarah. She isn’t his biological aunt. But Aunt Sarah loves young people and giving advice. Enjoy Episode #10, and stay tuned for Episode #11 in this first season of Suffrage Storytelling.

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Special video program at Suffrage Wagon Cafe: Happy Holidays!

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VIDEO: Fun building on women’s history, past hard work and accomplishments! from Marguerite Kearns on Vimeo.

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

Happy holidays from the people at Suffrage Wagon News Channel! on Vimeo.

A Wish for Santa: Support Permanent Exhibit of “Spirit of 1776” Wagon! on Vimeo.

We’re thrilled to devote the December 8, 2015 program at Suffrage Wagon Cafe to videos that highlight the upcoming holiday season. Wish upon a star for the 2016 Inez Milholland centennial. Celebrate the 72 years that American women campaigned vigorously for the right to vote.

Honor the extraordinary work and sacrifice that went into the largest nonviolent grassroots social revolution in the history of the United States. Make sure you see two important films: “Suffragette” (about the English suffrage movement) and “10 Days in a Madhouse” (about Nellie Bly, trailblazing investigative reporter who covered the suffrage movement).

ASK SANTA TO SUPPORT THE PERMANENT EXHIBITION OF THE “SPIRIT OF 1776” SUFFRAGE CAMPAIGN WAGON USED BY EDNA KEARNS

Ask Santa for his support of the permanent exhibit of the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon used by suffrage activist Edna Kearns in the Votes for Women activism. The wagon is in the collection of the New York State Museum. And we’re thrilled that it will be on exhibit in 2017, the state’s suffrage centennial observance. Let’s visualize the wagon on exhibit in 2020 and beyond. Thank the State of New York for its creation of a state suffrage centennial commission for 2017, as well as the financial support of the events and activities.

Happy holidays! And follow Season I of the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage storytelling on Suffrage Wagon News Channel. In 2016, the Suffrage Wagon Cooking School will feature recipes and a cooking contest. The cooking school celebrated its first birthday in 2015. And visit the Suffrage Wagon’s archival library. Stay tuned!

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Publishing since 2009: Suffrage Wagon News Channel!

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Suffrage Wagon News Channel has been publishing since 2009: Holiday News Notes  on Vimeo.

Suffrage Wagon Cafe is open on December 8, 2015 for a special holiday program.

KSFR public radioListen to the interview with Marguerite Kearns on public radio that features director Timothy Hines and producer Susan Goforth of “10 Days in a Madhouse.” It’s about Nellie Bly’s undercover investigative reporting in a mental hospital, an expose that rocked the nation before the turn of the 20th century. Nellie Bly opened the doors for women in journalism. Nellie Bly covered the women’s suffrage movement. Her interview with Susan B. Anthony presented the activist in ways that no other reporter had been able to reveal.

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Happy December from Marguerite Kearns & Suffrage Wagon News Channel

Support Suffrage Storytelling during Season I: Drama, action, and fun! on Vimeo.

Happy holidays from “Spirit of 1776” suffrage storytelling. Season I continues with Bess, Wilmer and Edna. Meet Jonathan Geffner, ventriloquist, a special guest on Suffrage Storytelling. We’re up to Episode #9. Watch the videos and catch up with past episodes.

Did you see the Suffrage Wagon News Channel news notes for November? Catch up now!

Women’s Suffrage Holiday News Notes on Vimeo.

COMING SOON: Marguerite Kearns interviews the director and producer of the new film, “10 Days in a Madhouse.” A new program at Suffrage Wagon Cafe on December 8, 2015. A December 25, 2015 birthday celebration for Edna May Buckman. Celebrating the grandmothers at Suffrage Wagon Cooking School.

At Suffrage Wagon Cooking School we’ll be cooking for the holidays. Check out the cooking school programs for 2015.

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Happy Thanksgiving with Suffrage Movement News Notes

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Women’s Suffrage Holiday News Notes on Vimeo.

Happy Thanksgiving from Marguerite Kearns and Suffrage Wagon News Channel with this video of news notes! It’s an overview of the postings we’ve been featuring during November 2015.

The “Spirit of 1776” suffrage storytelling is in its first season. Follow the adventures of Bess, Edna, and Wilmer.

At Suffrage Wagon Cooking School we’ll be cooking for the holidays. Check out the cooking school programs for 2015.

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Episode #9: Bess tells why Mary Wollstonecraft upset so many people on Suffrage Storytelling!

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Episode #9 of “Spirit of 1776″ Suffrage Storytelling.” Mary Wollstonecraft on Vimeo.

Mary WollstonecraftMany people haven’t heard of Mary Wollstonecraft today. She wrote about women’s rights in the late 1700s. And even by 1900, Mary was still considered a hot property because of the controversy she stirred up. Mary not only found fault with men who put women into subservient positions. She also criticized women for going along with the program. She called them “servile parasites.” this upset a lot of people.

Bess, Edna’s best friend. got in trouble at home after her parents found a copy of Mary Wollstonecraft’s writing in her bedroom: “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.” This work influenced women, not only in England, but throughout the world. Bess read Mary Wollstonecraft, and she made sure her friends did too!

There’s a small but determined group in the UK organizing to build a memorial sculpture honoring Mary Wollstonecraft. They need money and as much support as possible. Check out the website and support maryonthegreen.org

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Episode #8: The Good & Bad News of “Spirit of 1776” Suffrage Storytelling

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THE GOOD NEWS & THE BAD NEWS!

How’s Wilmer Kearns doing in his ongoing effort to win the heart of Edna Buckman? Well, there’s good news and there’s bad news. Edna loves Wilmer’s storytelling. The bad news is that she hates his pipe and cigar. Edna’s mother May Begley Buckman was a temperance activist and these two items (a pipe and cigar) are on May’s “no no” list. It could be worse. May dislikes alcohol even more and Wilmer’s happens to like beer. And this only complicates matters. But Wilmer’s of the opinion that he’ll address these obstacles one at a time.

Are you wondering about the temperance movement? More than 100 years ago alcohol was even more of a problem than it is now. And some people like Edna’s mother got on the bandwagon to do something about it. See PBS special trailer.

THE PLOT THICKENS AS WILMER KEARNS FACES A NEW PROBLEM

The situation with Wilmer is complicated by the fact that his first job was in the accounting office of a cigar manufacturing firm in New York City, a rapidly growing industry at that time. The combination of cigars and booze didn’t endear Wilmer to Edna’s family. They didn’t know about Wilmer’s fondness for beer –only cigars. And Wilmer’s looking in the mirror mornings to ask himself: Which is more important? Edna or cigars?

The solution? Wilmer needs advice and he’ll ask Aunt Sarah. Meanwhile, the writings by Mary Wollstonecraft are still causing problems. Coming soon on Episode #9 of “Spirit of 1776” suffrage storytelling. Stay tuned!

Special thanks to Jonathan Geffner, special guest on Episode #8.

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The Buzz about “10 Days in a Madhouse”: Featured program at Suffrage Wagon Cafe

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by Marguerite Kearns

Welcome to Suffrage Wagon Cafe. I had the pleasure recently of interviewing Susan Goforth and Timothy Hines. Susan is the producer and her husband Timothy Hines, the director of “10 Days in a Madhouse.” The film featuring investigative reporter Nellie Bly and starring Caroline Barry, Christopher Lambert, Kelly LeBrock and others. It’s available in US theaters staring this week in a staggered release across the nation (Pandragon Films).

The production is based on Nellie Bly’s actual undercover investigative reporting on Blackwell’s Island, a mental hospital before the turn of the 20th century. It’s an important film, the type of production that’s in short supply these days –a work about women who are more than secondary characters, but rather pivotal individuals who move the plot forward.

THE U.S. FILM THAT TRANSFORMED THE PEOPLE WHO MADE IT!

"10 Days in a Madhouse" film“10 Days in a Madhouse” producer Susan Goforth had this to say when we first corresponded about the film in production: “I’m sure there are many women out there inspired by Nellie Bly as you and I. More than ever, we need a positive female role model for the upcoming year. It’s my privilege to serve in the making of this movie, a movie far greater than the sum of its parts, a movie that has already transformed the lives of the hundreds of people who helped make it. Surely Nellie Bly’s spirit has been involved in making this amazing film!”

I read the Nellie Bly biography by Brooke Kroeger and found it a fascinating account of her life. That’s when I found out many more details about Nellie, including her press coverage of the U.S. women’s rights movement. Nellie’s interview with Susan B. Anthony opened people’s eyes across the nation about this icon as a private person as well as her dedication as a women’s rights activist over decades. Nellie also covered the 1913 big suffrage parade in Washington, DC. She spoke her mind and attracted attention and scrutiny about a wide variety of issues. This film is opening doors to an understanding of women in the past who have made a difference.

NELLIE BLY AS A SUFFRAGE ACTIVIST AND MUCH MORE

Librivox, Nellie BlyBut “10 Days in a Madhouse” isn’t about Nellie as a suffrage activist. That’s background. The film expands our understanding of Nellie’s undercover journalistic coverage that opened the door for change in funding and policy making for publicly-funded institutions. It’s shocking. It’s informative. And the film is a must see.

The film stays true to Nellie’s journalistic accomplishments in a production that’s expected to be in the spotlight during the Academy awards in 2016. You can see it now. The production features 90% women. It’s a valuable tool for teaching and learning about Nellie Bly and her cutting-edge work in investigative journalism.

Listen to Nellie’s own words in the entire print coverage of “10 Days in a Madhouse” on Librivox. The Suffrage Wagon News Channel edited version is shorter (about four minutes). Stretch out with the audio before you see the film. More coming soon about “10 Days in a Madhouse.”

SuffragetteWhile you’re planning for a night out on the town, add the film “Suffragette” to your list. Susan Goforth and Timothy Hines believe the two films together will have people talking and thinking for quite a while. Support women filmmakers, performers, directors, producers, and production staff. We’re about to witness change when it comes to women in the entertainment industry. Support what’s on its way and demonstrate that we want more!

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New markets for “Suffragette”film, plus great contests to enter!

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Participate in a contest to bring more people into the fold who know about American history and women’s place in it.  Womenon20s.org commissioned the above image and shared it with the U.S Treasury. Each of the individuals shown worked tirelessly for women’s rights and what is taken for granted today.

Name The People Contest: No cost to enter. Submit the names of the 12 people featured on The Other Side on the form provided on the Womenon20’s website. Winners will be announced by Thanksgiving. Essay Contest: Tell in 500-1000 words why commemorating women on national currency is meaningful.  All entries will be sent as one package to the Treasury and the U.S. President. Send entries to: women@womenon20s.org.

Turning Point Suffragist Memorial’s contest is geared to undergraduate and graduate students across the nation.

"Suffragette"NEW MARKETS FOR “SUFFRAGETTE” FILM AS OF NOVEMBER 6, 2015. Albany, Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Champaign-Urbana, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Dallas, Denver, Des Moines, Ft. Myers, Harrisburg, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Madison, Milwaukee,  Miami, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orelans, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Portland, ME, Portland, OR, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Rochester, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, Seattle, St. Louis, Syracuse, Tucson, and West Palm Beach. WATCH FOR MORE RELEASES OF “SUFFRAGETTE” FILM ON SuffrageCentennials.com

November 8, 2015: Special program at Suffrage Wagon Cafe about the November 2015 release of film, “10 Days in a Madhouse.”

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Marguerite Kearns is fuming over “Suffragette” film!

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"Marguerite's Musings" by Marguerite Kearnsby Marguerite Kearns

This posting is more appropriately called “Marguerite’s Fumings.” For those of you who have been following Suffrage Wagon News Channel during 2015, you’re well aware of the preview coverage I’ve given to the “Suffragette” film from the UK.

Sure, there are aspects of the film I would have done differently. But I’m not focusing on me as a back-seat driver. I’m referring to the broader significance of this production and why so many people have been waiting for the opportunity to move this important part of history out of the closet.

The long and short of it is that the “Suffragette” film didn’t open in the city where I live, even though there’s a large and sophisticated movie-going population. It’s a diverse city with people for whom this film has been anticipated since the start of 2015. The previews played in a local movie chain here. But then we were only treated to choices of action films and standard Hollywood fare after “Suffragette” opened on October 23rd in other “selected” parts of the United States.

AN OUTRAGEOUS DEVELOPMENT

The “Suffragette” film was written, directed, and produced by women; the primary performers are women. It’s a period film illustrating the long and difficult struggle to win women’s voting rights in England. Considerable pre-publicity makes the connection between women’s rights struggles of today (pay gaps, under representation on boards, and in elected positions, etc.) and the past.

Many of us have been following how this all-woman production team has gone up against the film industry. The only course open to concerned people is to vote with our tickets that may translate into box office receipts. But that won’t happen if the film has been wiped off the map where we live. If the opening box office receipts don’t provide the anticipated profits, the movie will be pulled from theaters. And the movement to break through the sandbags Hollywood has stacked against women performers, directors, and support personnel will be undermined again.

WATCH THE TRAILER AND SEE “SUFFRAGETTE” IF YOU CAN

Jane Barker of Turning Point Suffragist Memorial is pulling out all stops in terms of getting the word out to her networks. Watch the trailer: http://www.focusfeatures.com/suffragette Pass on the word that the distribution in the U.S. is already limited. Jane has been circulating the list of theaters in the Washington, DC area, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Franciso and Phoenix where people can actually buy tickets to see “Suffragette.”

Meanwhile, I’m fuming. Recently I spoke before a local group urging people to see “Suffragette.” I sent out an appeal last week to my email network making the connection between the “Suffragette” film and our own suffrage history here in the United States. My expectations were raised by the previews in a local movie theater. But Hollywood and its distributers didn’t deliver. I can only assume it’s business as usual. Vote with your theater tickets in places where the “Suffragette” film will be shown. And get behind those organizations and constituencies that support the idea that history belongs to the people, not just those salivating over profits!

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Episode #7: Edna responds to Wilmer’s love of writings by Henry David Thoreau!

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Episode #7: Wilmer Kearns courts Edna Buckman with his storytelling on Vimeo.

We’re moving toward the day when Edna, Wilmer and Bess (Edna’s best friend) are active in the women’s suffrage movement. But long before that, we meet them in 1903 when they’re young. Their direction in life is still in formation.

MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT INTERESTED THE YOUNG WOMEN

In previous posts, Bess got in trouble after her parents discovered copies of Mary Wollstonecraft’s books hidden in her bedroom. Edna also read Mary Wollstonecraft. Then Wilmer entered the scene and he loved talking about his favorite author, Henry David Thoreau. The writer understood the art of walking and how he considered every walk a “crusade.” Edna listened carefully.

HENRY DAVID THOREAU INTERESTED WILMER KEARNS!

Wilmer agreed with how Henry David Thoreau needed leisure, freedom, and independence. For Thoreau, walking represented more than exercise. It turned into an adventure, an occasion that brought air and sunshine to his thoughts.

Thoreau loved climbing a tree, studying the landscape, and discovering new horizons during his walks. He listened to the quiet that wasn’t really soundless at all. While walking he contemplated the known and the unknowable. He studied the moon and buildings in varying shades of light and darkness. Thoreau said he ventured out into the world for a walk with no idea of direction. But he found a new way of traveling and being. Then he added: “In short, all good things are wild and free.”

Wilmer’s in the process of wearing down Edna’s reservations about relationships. But will he be successful in winning Edna’s heart? Stay tuned!

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A tuneup for watching “Suffragette” film opening this coming week!

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A great deal of information is being shared about upcoming events and celebrations. The “Suffragette” film links below are courtesy of June Purvis, an advisor to the film and an extra in the production. The film opens October 23 in the U.S.

Suffragette review: the battle for the vote, June Purvis historical adviser on the film Suffragette, delivers her verdict, The Times Higher Online, 7 October 2015 http://www.timeshighereducation.com/blog/suffragette-review-battle-vote

Being an extra in the feature film Suffragette, by June Purvis, Parliamentary UK Vote 100 online, 7 October 2015 http://ukvote100.org/2015/10/07/being-an-extra-in-the-feature-film-suffragette/

Interview by Linda Kinstler, ‘This movement was most upsetting to the powers that be because of its classlessness’, says Meryl Streep, New York Times Online, 9 October 2015. http://nytlive.nytimes.com/womenintheworld/2015/10/08/this-movement-was-most-upsetting-to-the-powers-that-be-because-of-its-classlessness-says-meryl-streep/

Suffragette: ‘a moving and inspiring film that must be seen says June Purvis,   BBC History Magazine, History Extra Online, 9 October 2015. http://www.historyextra.com/article/social-history/suffragette-review-moving-and-inspiring-film-must-be-seen

Interview with Radhika Sanghani, ‘Suffragettes lost husbands, children and jobs’: the heavy price women paid, Telegraph Online 12 October 2015. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/11917603/Suffragettes-lost-husbands-jobs-and-families-Womens-heavy-price.html

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Videos: Wrapping up our first year at Suffrage Wagon Cooking School!

Suffrage Wagon Cooking SchoolOur first year at Suffrage Wagon Cooking School is coming to an end. This is the last day for visiting the farmers’ market where, over time, the refrigerator’s produce bin has been crammed with food fresh from the fields. We love to cook with fresh local ingredients!

Our Irish wood-burning cook stove has been a hit with cooking school students and fans. During 2015 we’ve baked apple pie in it, as well as butternut squash soup.

A demonstration on how to make French onion soup is coming soon from Suffrage Wagon Cooking School. Keep your produce bin stocked with fresh onions. They come in handy when you’re in a hurry and a pot of fresh soup is all that you can manage for dinner.

VIDEOS: Highlights of cooking school demonstrations for 2015. If you didn’t have a chance to attend our birthday party celebration on video, here’s your opportunity now.

Here’s what we crammed into the shopping bag during our last visit to the farmers’ market. Check in with this video now:

More fresh produce from the Farmers’ Market! on Vimeo.

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Wilmer Kearns out to win Edna in Episode #6, a program at Suffrage Wagon Cafe

Wilmer Kearns, Storyteller
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Episode #6: Wilmer Kearns tries to win over Edna with his storytelling. “Spirit of 1776.” on Vimeo.

By Marguerite Kearns

Welcome to Suffrage Wagon Cafe. Wilmer Kearns (my grandftaher) is complicating the story, as Edna’s best friend Bess points out. Wilmer’s determined to wear down Edna’s resolve not to marry because of the few rights young women possess at the turn of the 20th century. Bess has been reading Mary Wollstonecraft and other controversial women writers. She’s even paid a price for doing this after her parents found the Mary Wollstonecraft books hidden under her mattress in her bedroom at home.

A SUMMARY OF THE “SPIRIT OF 1776” STORYTELLING SO FAR!

Wilmer Kearns is a fresh upstart from Beavertown, PA where he grew up playing musical instruments with his family. Enjoy these images of Wilmer as a young man from the Kearns family photo collection. Episode #6 highlights one of Wilmer’s tactics. His determination to wear down Edna’s resolve to avoid marriage is fueled by his storytelling. This has worked so far while they’ve been meeting in secret at the Market Street teahouse. But the narrative becomes even more complicated after Edna’s parents find out about the couple seeing each other weeks after their first meeting at the Pompeii restoration exhibit.

THE PLOT IS NOW EVEN MORE COMPLICATED.

Wilmer Kearns left his hometown at age 16 and moved to Philadelphia where he enrolled in business college. That’s when he met Edna at the Pompeii exhibit in 1903. Bess warned Edna to be careful about falling in love. Bess is committed to remaining single, and she wastes no time in sharing books with radical ideas about equality with all her friends. Edna seeks a middle ground, but it’s not clear yet if Wilmer Kearns has what it takes to win Edna’s heart.

Edna and Wilmer meetEpisode #1. Bess gets in trouble.

Episode #2. Now Bess is in even more trouble.

Episode #3. Wilmer Kearns enters the story.

Episode #4: Mary Wollstonecraft’s books gets Bess in more hot water.

Episode #5: Bess and Edna argue about decisions they must make.

Episode #6: Our special feature here at the Suffrage Wagon Cafe.

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COMING SOON: New program at Suffrage Wagon Cafe on suffrage movement storytelling!

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New program coming soon at Suffrage Wagon Cafe: Women’s history as you like it! on Vimeo.

The program on October 8, 2015 at the Suffrage Wagon Cafe features storytelling with the unveiling of Episode #6 when we get to know Wilmer Kearns and why Edna meets him secretly at the Market Street teahouse. Suffrage Wagon has teaching and learning resources for home and school use. And our sister site, SuffrageCentennials.com delivers trends and news about upcoming events and celebrations. For example, 2016 has two featured centennial celebrations: Canada and the centennial observance of the death of Inez Milholland, America’s suffrage martyr.

Suffrage Wagon News Channel offers three audio programs about women’s suffrage history: “Trouble Brewing in Seneca Falls.” “Playing Politics with the President.” “The Night of Terror.” These stories are edited into short segments that make learning American history easy. So let’s meet at the Suffrage Wagon Cafe on October 8, 2015. Follow the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage storytelling.

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