Cradle Tour 2013

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The tour bus needs paint and a tuneup while we’re getting ready to take off on a blogging tour of the Cradle of the Women’s Rights Movement in the US in late September.

It’s free. Join the fun and give the Cradle a rock and a roll. Image: Adapted from photo by Neil Clifton.

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Late September is a great time to take a trip when the leaves are turning and soon to be at their peak. We want you to join us on a free tour of the “cradle” of the women’s rights movement in the US. You hop on the blogging bus and take off. As simple as that. Sign up online at the form above or log into  (

The idea started with the suffrage campaign wagon called the “Spirit of 1776” that had a day of glory on July 1, 2013 when the State of New York designated the “Spirit of 1776” Wagon Day to commemorate the centennial of the wagon’s first journey in 1913 from Manhattan to Long Island to campaign for women’s rights. Both houses of the New York State Legislature passed the resolution on June 18, 2013 creating the 2013 Wagon Day.

Now there’s an opportunity to help us take the suffrage wagon out on the road again with a blogging tour of the “cradle” of the women’s rights movement. Seneca Falls will be one of the stops, plus the Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester, and the home and center of Matilda Joslyn Gage in Fayetteville.

It’s not necessary to leave home to join us on the blogging bus. It’s free. No worries about parking, hotel overnights, meals. This is a road trip to build interest in and momentum for the upcoming centennial of women voting in New York in 2017 and the national centennial suffrage observance in 2020.

If you think it’s early to be thinking about the future, consider this: We have an opportunity to create a splash with our fabulous history in 2017 and 2020, but it requires advance planning and building interest in the opportunities these suffrage centennials provide.

Sign up for the Cradle Road Trip by visiting Let’s Rock the Cradle, a project of Suffrage Wagon News Channel, the web site and blog that tells the story of the suffrage campaign wagon in New York City and Long Island. Subscribe!

You’ll be in the forefront of an effort to rock the cradle. Many individuals and organizations are figuring out ways to rock the cradle too. Have your organization join us by becoming a Friend of LetsRockTheCradle. For more information, contact us at LetsRockTheCradle at

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Touching in with the Cradle’s Heavyweights

Frederick Douglass

We’ll be going to Seneca Falls, New York and retracing the footsteps of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Frederick Douglass, and a wide variety of others. Check out the video below to hear the words as they were spoken in July of 1848, 165 years ago. Travel the highways and byways of towns and villages where you will walk the same footpaths as Susan B. Anthony, Matilda Joslyn Gage, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and many others. The first blogging tour will cover a lot of territory quickly. And there will be videos and audio and postings that will take you to the heart of the action.

“Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon rocked the cradle with NYS Legislative Resolution in 2013

Both houses of the New York State Legislature passed a resolution on June 18, 2013 commemorating the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon’s centennial of its first journey from Manhattan to Long Island in July of 1913. The resolution rocked the cradle and brought together cultural heritage tourism as well as the need for New Yorkers to get started planning its own suffrage centennial in 2017.

Suffrage Wagon has its own web site (called Suffrage Wagon News Channel), and the wagon itself is in the collection of the New York State Museum. There are more than 30 videos on the Suffrage Wagon YouTube and Vimeo channels. Plus a Suffrage Wagon Cooking School, twice weekly postings, and a quarterly newsletter. Follow the Suffrage Wagon for news and views of the suffrage movement. Celebrate women’s freedom to vote. Shoulder to shoulder coverage since 2009.

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Seneca Falls conference took place 165 years ago

Another anniversary of Seneca Falls. Many people still haven’t heard of the 1848 Seneca Falls convention, which is why we’re rocking the cradle. A new generation of young people is growing up with both parents working and housework and family responsibilities shared. To these youngsters, many are amazed that the world was so different once. Mention to these youngsters that women were once treated like second class citizens and worse; they respond with a puzzled expression. “That’s crazy.” And they understand that much more needs to be done to reach equality.

Take a few minutes to watch this brief video clip about the Declaration of Sentiments. Hear the actual words of this remarkable statement written back in 1848. Then get busy planning a visit to Seneca Falls, New York.

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Rocking the cradle around the world


Rocking the cradle happens on many levels. The global movement to end violence against women and girls, and the One Billion Rising campaign announced the launch of ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE.  The campaign will build upon the energy and momentum that was created in 2013 when one billion activists in 207 countries came together to strike, dance, and rise to end violence against women and girls. This year, the issue of justice for all survivors of gender violence and ending the rampant impunity that prevails globally is on the front burner.

ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE is a call to women, men, and youth around the world to gather safely on February 14, 2014 outside places where they are entitled to justice. To participate, sign up as an individual or as a group.