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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 Inez Milholland medal get lost in the shuffle?

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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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