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

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

“Mothers of Men” silent film restored

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News and actions: Suffrage Pageants

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

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

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

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

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

Volunteers needed for suffrage movement database

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

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

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“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.