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A women’s suffrage myth & a great free book with the inside story! Marguerite’s Musings.

“Jailed for Freedom” by Doris Stevens is featured book on Suffrage Bookshelf on Vimeo.

You can listen to the “Jailed for Freedom” book read free on Librivox.
Suffrage Movement Myth

by Marguerite Kearns

Have you heard the perspective referred to above that has been getting spread around lately? It compares the English and American suffrage movements and concludes that the English suffragette movement was exciting and creative while the American suffrage activists were boring and trite. So sad that these sister movements are being pitted against each other. If there’s anything positive about this old myth being trotted out into public, it’s to give these faulty assumptions an airing.

THE MYTH COMPARING ENGISH AND AMERICAN ACTIVISTS

The myth of exciting versus boring relies on the assumption that the English suffragists’ use of property damage, that is, a degree of violence, placed the English suffrage movement in a position of being considered more interesting than the American women who were “polite.” Translate that to “nonviolent.”

Sweeping generalizations underlie this myth. In fact, the women’s rights movements in England and the United States were committed to nonviolence. And later on, the English tactics that included property damage were controversial in their time and did not represent the sentiments of all English women engaged in the movement. Suffrage activists on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean argued vehemently about the best tactics and strategies necessary to reach their goals. And while they disagreed about tactics, they remained committed to the goal of freedom.

"Marguerite's Musings" on Suffrage Wagon News ChannelTHROWING ROCKS AND BLOWING UP MAILBOXES

Sadly, the perspective comparing the Americans and the English relies on a misunderstanding. Nonviolent tactics and strategies are considerably more difficult and challenging to implement than a decision to resort to violence. Throwing rocks definitely has more juice for the purpose of a mainstream film. A commitment to nonviolent social change isn’t as visual and tension producing as deciding to blow up a mailbox.

In fact, the ties between American and English activists were close. And both movements, for all their differences, can be plotted on the same path of working within a rigid political and social structure to accomplish similar goals while facing considerable resistance from government to win voting rights. While the American suffrage activists remained committed to nonviolent strategies, there’s no doubt that violence was used against them, especially those who picketed the White House in 1917 and were imprisoned and assaulted by authorities.

THE SIMILARITIES ARE IMPORTANT TO APPRECIATE

Both the suffrage activists in England and the U.S. went up against hard-core resistance. The picketing of the White House in 1917 heightened awareness of the women’s suffrage movement in the U.S. And if these activists hadn’t been successful in impacting national policy, it’s difficult to predict now, in retrospect, if U.S. women would have won the right to vote at all in 1920.

This old tired myth comparing the two movements will hopefully lose its power once the public is better informed about the spirit and determination and dedication that kept American suffrage activists with their eye on the prize. Check out Doris Stevens’ work, “Jailed for Freedom.” These free audio files from Librivox fill in more of what it took for American women to win voting rights.

As more research on the women’s suffrage movement is completed, books are published, and the constituency interested in this part of history grows stronger, we’ll join hands across the Atlantic. I envision a grand parade or awards banquet where English and American women honor our suffrage activist ancestors and properly celebrate this extraordinary accomplishment of winning voting rights together.

Onward to the 2020 suffrage centennial celebration!

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Come along to Seneca Falls, NY with us for a program at Suffrage Wagon Cafe: June 8, 2015

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This special program from Suffrage Wagon Cafe features Seneca Falls, NY and the importance of making a journey or pilgrimage there to connect to our roots. PLENTY OF VIDEOS AND RESOURCES!

Head out for the afternoon to the Suffrage Wagon Cafe? on Vimeo.

Seneca Falls, NYWelcome to the Suffrage Wagon Cafe with a special program on Secena Falls, NY. There, the odds were at least a million to one or higher against the small band of 68 women and 32 men who showed up in Seneca Falls, NY in mid-July of 1848 to sign their own version of the Declaration of Independence and challenge the status quo. These brave souls relied on each other and brave allies for reassurance, support, and nourishment. And they realized that if they didn’t do something, few others would be able to take the issue of inequality to the level where it needed to go. Make no mistake about this important event in American history: a handful of people got the ball rolling.

Suffrage tea cupsWas the 1848 convention in Seneca Falls, NY as important as people claim it was? Find out the details in this special report now available at the web site of the Women’s Rights National Historic Park in Seneca Falls, NY.

Five women met together in a house near Seneca Falls in July of 1848. They wrote up their grievances, published an announcement in the newspaper for the convention, and held their collective breaths. It not unlike today when we take a stand against injustice, telephone or contact friends and family, and then send messages by way of social media, emails, letters, leaflets, and text messages. The activists of 1848 showed up in Seneca Falls to meet together and they kept stepping. Many wondered if they could accomplish the goal of equality in their lifetimes. But a core of stubborn activists persisted. “Yes, we can and we will,” they insisted. The rest is history and we’re celebrating this accomplishment today!

Suffrage Wagon CafePACK A SUITCASE:

(1.) Convention Days in Seneca Falls, NY,  July 17-19, 2015. A two-day celebration has a schedule, not yet announced. Check the Convention Days web site for details as they become available.

(2.) The 200th birthday of Elizabeth Cady Stanton during 2015. Save the date for an evening at Cooper Union in New York City on November 12, 2015 for a big birthday bash. See details. And then party yourself at home or in your own community. Be inspired by a virtual birthday party for Elizabeth Cady Stanton and then plan one yourself.

(3.) Places to visit in Seneca Falls, NY include the NPS Women’s Rights National Park, the National Women’s Hall of Fame, and other local attractions.

SuffrageWagonCafeRESOURCES: Plan a trip to Seneca Falls, NY. Take advantage of this seven-part audio series, “Trouble Brewing in Seneca Falls,” by Elizabeth Cady Stanton from her book, Eighty Years and More. The reading is by Librivox and the production by Suffrage Wagon News Channel.

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

Seneca Falls, NY is a pilgrimage and a destination! See the Women’s Rights National Park! on Vimeo.

Celebration of the anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848! on Vimeo.

Musical Tribute to Suffrage Leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton during her 200th birthday celebration in 2015! on Vimeo.

Significance of Seneca Falls women’s rights convention in 1848 featured in special report! on Vimeo.

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Comment on the Suffrage Wagon blogMeet your friends at the Suffrage Wagon Cafe. Follow SuffrageCentennials.com for news and views about upcoming women’s suffrage centennial events and celebrations. 

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

Women’s suffrage news update & two videos!

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It’s that time of the month for the news highlights from Suffrage Wagon News Channel. There wasn’t time to add the update about the NYS Senate passing the state suffrage centennial planning commission for 2017. But there’s plenty to say about the matter. See coverage on SuffrageCentennials.com. If you’re a New Yorker, contact your representative in the NYS Assembly and support appropriations for the state commission whose work will extend from 2017, the state suffrage centennial, to 2020, the suffrage centennial for the United States.

VIDEO: Answer the Clarion Call to Celebrate New York State’s 2017 Suffrage Centennial on Vimeo.

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Comment on the Suffrage Wagon blog. Meet your friends at the Suffrage Wagon Cafe. Follow SuffrageCentennials.com for news and views about upcoming women’s suffrage centennial events and celebrations. 

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

Making coffee is a wake-up call for action when you follow the Suffrage Wagon!

Suffrage Wagon Cooking School clears the decks to make great cup of coffee  on Vimeo.

Suffrage Wagon Cooking School celebrates its first birthday this year. We’ll be visiting farmers’ markets this summer and blazing new trails, that is, if you come along with us. Over the past year, our in-house chef has featured how to make a pot of tea, roasted corn (in honor of Edna Kearns), as well as scones and fortune cookies. Now Chef Cutting will demonstrate making coffee with a French press. This video is the preview. And the actual demonstration is coming soon!

Coffee is a wake-up call for action. There are two action campaigns that need your support: the Equal Rights Amendment in Congress AND a petition to the legislature of the State of New York to get moving on creating and funding a 2017 commission to celebrate the state’s 100 anniversary of women winning the vote.

Go ASAP to the petition to light a fire under the NYS Legislature about a 2017 funded commission for the 2017 suffrage centennial.

The ERA Ratification bills have been introduced into the 114th Congress. Your help is needed now to show support. EqualRightsAmendment.org is an informative web platform operated by the Alice Paul Institute. For more information on the Equal Rights Amendment, visit the Equal Rights Coalition. More about this as the bills wind their way through the U.S. Congress. This is what our suffrage ancestors initiated and it’s our job to complete the work!

IN OTHER NEWS: The “10 Days in a Madhouse” film was screened at the Cannes film festival. It’s the story of Nellie Bly and her undercover ten days in a mental hospital before the turn of the 20th century. Nellie also covered the 1913 suffrage parade in Washington, DC.

Eighty Bug awardDuring May, Suffrage Wagon Cafe featured an interview with Eighty Bug, the award-winning performer and song writer of “Spirit of 1776: A New Suffragette Anthem.” And her dessert recipes at Suffrage Wagon Cooking School were a hit too.

Did you miss April’s news notes video from the news channel? Here it is.


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Comment on the Suffrage Wagon blogMeet your friends at the Suffrage Wagon Cafe. Follow SuffrageCentennials.com for news and views about upcoming women’s suffrage centennial events and celebrations. 

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

Suffrage activists thought outside the box!

suffragettes_england_1908How do suffrage stories speak to us today? They tell us that there’s a long history of people who reached toward change and had no idea in the moment of the impact and outcome of what they were doing. What’s the message for today? Think outside the box. Even if you’re convinced your cause is hopeless, take an important step by documenting your campaign. Small actions become larger in significance over time.

Suffragist activists in the U.S. and England both went up into the air to make their point. One story is about Long Island suffragist Roaslie Jones who tied down her skirts with blue string in 1913, gathered together a stack of yellow Votes for Women leaflets, and took off in a plane from the Staten Island airport for a trip to throw the literature from the sky.

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Comment on the Suffrage Wagon blogMeet your friends at the Suffrage Wagon Cafe. Follow SuffrageCentennials.com for news and views about upcoming women’s suffrage centennial events and celebrations. 

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

Suffrage Wagon Cafe special program with award-winning songwriter Eighty Bug!

Award-winning songwriter program & interview with Eighty Bug at Suffrage Wagon Cafe on Vimeo.

Welcome to the May 8, 2015 special program of Suffrage Wagon Cafe where we’re featuring Eighty Bug, her music production team, and the Heritage Museum of Orange County (California) for the music video “Spirit of 1776: A New Suffragette Anthem.” They were recipients of a first-place award from New Mexico Press Women at their annual conference and awards ceremony. A first-place award was for a video for a nonprofit web site, Suffrage Wagon News Channel, that has been publishing since 2009. Marguerite Kearns is the host of Suffrage Wagon Cafe.

NMPW judges said that the music video, “’Spirit of 1776’: A Suffragette Anthem” is “a high-quality, engaging video with a great story well done.” The music video “’Spirit of 1776’: A Suffragette Anthem” is available on YouTube.

https://youtu.be/Aga11k5s0Bc

Eighty Bug, "Spirit of 1776" musicThe song “Spirit of 1776 by Eighty Bug is also available on itunes.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/spirit-of-1776-single/id900217383

The award-winning video of three and a half minutes highlights one version of the grassroots organizing that’s considered fundamental to American women campaigning for voting rights. This took from the 1848 women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, NY to the 1920 ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. At that time, millions of women across the United States voted on November 2, 1920.

MUSIC VIDEO PRODUCTION TEAM ALSO IN LINE FOR HONORS

The creative team for the music video includes Eighty Bug (Production/Costumes), Edwin Carungay, Lesha Maria Rodriguez (Directors/Videographers),and Jon Lagda (Art Director). The video and song features The Suffragist Sisters, led by Eighty (Banjolele, Ukulele, Bass and Lead Vocals), famed violinist Lisa Lui (strings) Eighty’s younger sister Savannah (Backing Vocals), Ashli Lee Christoval, and Laura Guaico, The song was rounded out by Max McVetty (percussion), JRAT (guitar, mixing and mastering) with special thanks to Adam England, Jamie Sue Hiber, and The Heritage Museum of Orange County in Santa Ana, CA.

Awareness of women’s suffrage movement history is gathering steam as more suffrage centennial celebrations are scheduled throughout the nation, according to Eighty Bug. She points out that this year, 2015, is the 95th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It will be celebrated on August 26, 2015.

Eighty Bug award

HERITAGE MUSEUM OF ORANGE COUNTY PROVIDED SETS, ETC.

Because the Heritage Museum of Orange County was able to provide a set, a wagon, a blacksmith shop, and staff support, Eighty Bug took the project a step beyond just writing the song. She organized friends and family members to act and perform in the various scenes, film, and edit the performance into a polished production.

The “Spirit of 1776” wagon featured in the award-winning music video is a suffrage movement artifact now in the collection of the New York State Museum that was used by Edna Buckman Kearns. The horse-drawn wagon that inspired the music video is considered an icon of Votes for Women campaigning because of its 1776 taxation without representation message. This represents a call of patriotic protest and a return to the spirit of equality and freedom written into the Declaration of Independence. The music video highlights the tens of thousands of grassroots activists throughout the nation that it took to win voting rights for women over the period of 1848 to 1920.

INTERVIEW WITH EIGHTY BUG AND THE MUSIC VIDEO’S SIGNIFICANCE

“Patriotic protest was a significant theme during the 72-year Votes for Women campaigning,” Eighty Bug said. “I am thrilled to have been a part of this exciting project that features the rich creative talent that can be found in our community. What we are doing is especially relevant today. Women around the world are still struggling for equality, without the ability to vote, to own land, or to be free from tyrannical and oppressive situations.

“Even here in America, women get paid less and are often treated subserviently. It is something we must change. Hopefully this song will get people to sing along and create a spirit of equality that breaks old-school suppressions. Women and men of every color and background should be treated fairly. I’m hopeful but aware of the deep changes we must still make. Please pick up an instrument and sing along. The lyrics and the chords are on the YouTube page. I encourage others to make a video like this one supporting women’s equality worldwide.”

DESSERT RECIPES FROM EIGHTY BUG ALSO FEATURED

Suffrage Wagon Cooking School features the dessert recipes of Eighty Bug on Vimeo.

Suffrage Wagon Cooking School is a special feature of the suffrage wagon platform. The horse-drawn campaign wagon, the “Spirit of 1776,” will be exhibited at the New York State Museum in 2017 during the state’s centennial celebration of the win for women’s voting rights in 1917.

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Follow Suffrage Wagon News Channel on Facebook and Twitter. Quarterly newsletters just by signing up. Suffrage Wagon News Channel has video platforms on Vimeo and YouTube.

Comment on the Suffrage Wagon blogMeet your friends at the Suffrage Wagon Cafe. Follow SuffrageCentennials.com for news and views about upcoming women’s suffrage centennial events and celebrations. 

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

Interview with Eighty Bug: Suffrage Wagon Cafe program on May 8, 2015

May 8, 2015: An interview with award-winning songwriter and performer Eighty Bug. Plus an extra feature when Eighty shares her dessert recipes with Suffrage Wagon Cooking School.

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

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