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.
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.
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.
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.