Our hats off to the National Women’s History Project volunteers who stepped forward and did the hard work of pushing the U.S. Congress in the direction of creating Women’s History Month. When did this happen? 40 years ago. And now it has really taken off!
AUSTRALIAN WOMEN’S CHORUS CELEBRATES SUFFRAGE—(YouTube Video at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HpCmdLRuF8)
Tracy Bartram with Women’s Chorus, Australian Singer & Comedian Tracy Bartram
It took 19 attempts in Parliament for women in Victoria, Australia to get the right to vote in state elections. They finally succeeded in 1908, 12 years before the 19th amendment passed granting women in the U.S. the right to vote. In 2008, the Victoria Women’s Trust commissioned Melbourne based songwriter and musician, Kavisha Mazzella, to compose “Love and Justice,” a women’s anthem to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of Victorian women’s right to vote.
Mazzella conducted the premiere of Love and Justice on November 29, 2008 at the BMW Edge Theatre in Melbourne with a chorus of over 450 women who had been recruited through ads in the local newspapers and media. You can watch the premiere performance on YouTube at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HpCmdLRuF8.
Among the many women’s marches across the United States was one to honor Inez Milholland, the U.S. suffrage martyr. Sandra Weber and David Hodges organized the event. Follow the programming at facebook.com/groups/adkwomensmarch/
“Tea with Alice and Me” is multi-media stage presentation featuring Alice Paul scholar, Zoe Nicholson. With a backdrop of photographs and newspaper clippings, Zoe tells the story of the great teacher of nonviolent direct action and the incendiary thread of tea in the woman’s suffrage campaigning of the early 20th century.
Publicly fasting on water for 37 days for the ERA, Summer, 1982, Zoe Nicholson had no idea that the author of the ERA and Alice Paul would be the North Star for the rest of Zoe’s life. With each revelation, each phone interview, a rich bibliography, hundreds of hours scouring newspapers, the puzzle’s pieces would finally come into focus. Zoe asks how different activism of the 20th century would be if the principal methods for social change were rightfully attributed to Alice Paul. This small Quaker woman carried a fire for equality that could not be extinguished. Alice never rested from the sustained campaign for the 19th Amendment to over fifty years writing and advocating for the Equal Rights Amendment.
Kisha Bari is a New York-based photographer from Australia who is passionate about capturing people through portraiture and visual storytelling. Her range as a photographer and her personal approach has allowed her to photograph an array of subjects, from America’s union workers to high profile musicians and ballet dancers in the studio. Her portrait documentary “How Sandy Hit Rockaway” on the recovery of residents in Rockaway, New York after Hurricane Sandy was a featured exhibit at Photoville in 2013. Her work covering the Women’s March was also a featured exhibit at Photoville in 2017 and Kisha continues to document the Women’s March organizers as our current civil rights leaders. Kisha’s work has been published in many media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post and Rolling Stone Magazine.
Erik McGregor is a New York City based artists, photographer and activist. Erik is a member of the People’s Puppets of Occupy Wall Street and a co-writer if the Occupy Wall Street’s Declaration of the Occupation of New York City. As a published freelance photographer, he has documented activist groups actions in NYC since 2011.
The suffrage history exhibit at the New York State Museum opened in early November and runs through May 2018 in order to celebrate 100 years of women voting in the state. The display is a major step forward in terms of highlighting New York’s status as the “cradle” of the women’s rights movement in the United States.
November 4, 2017 featured a conference sponsored by the New York State Cultural Heritage Tourism Network that has been planning its centennial observance over the past few years. NYS Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul presented the keynote speech. This was followed by a reception in the evening by the NYS League of Women Voters where Coline Jenkins, the great-great granddaughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton spoke about her family as descendants.
The above panel is one of many showing the diverse range and participation of New Yorkers. All year in 2017 Humanities New York has been encouraging and funding a broad spectrum of events, conferences, and programs.
The festivities are considered a highlight of what is to come during 2020 when American women will have been voting for 100 years.