“Love and Justice,” A Women’s Anthem & Memoir of Family Legends

Watch the videos, courtesy of Suffrage Wagon News Channel.

Memoir of Family Legends on Vimeo.

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.


News about suffrage centennials

Suffrage Centennial News for Today, Yesterday, & Tomorrow! on Vimeo.

The Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative 2020 that was launched in March 2015 publishes news monthly about plans underway for the 2020 national suffrage centennial. Post information monthly. Jill Zahniser gathers the news. To sign up, send an email to: Suffrage2020@thezahnisers.com. The following information is from a recent listserv bulletin.

New Research on Elected Women: Rutgers University (NJ) Center for American Women and Politics has released a new research report, Representation Matters: Women in the U.S. Congress. The report details the ways in which elected women make a difference.

Susan Goodier and Karen Pastorello’s book, Women Will Vote: Woman Suffrage in New York State, was released in September 2017. Goodier’s previous book recounted the anti-suffrage movement in New York.

Viking Press will publish Elaine F. Weiss’ The Woman’s Hour: The Last Furious Fight to Win the Vote in March 2018. Weiss is a journalist whose previous book focused on the women’s land army of World War I.

Brooke Kroeger’s book, The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Use the Vote, was published by SUNY Press in September. Kroeger is a journalism professor at NYU who has previously written about Nellie Bly and Fannie Hurst.

Votes for Women centennial conference & women’s suffrage resources!

Humanities New York has awarded over $300,000 to organizations throughout the state to honor the state’s centennial during 2017. Contact Humanitiesny.org

The HerStory Scrapbook website (herstoryscrapbook.com/) focuses on the final four years of the women’s suffrage campaign, as reported by The New York Times. From 1917 – 1920, The Times published over 3,000 articles, editorials, and letters about the women who were fighting for, and against, suffrage. The HerStory Scrapbook includes more than 900 of the most interesting pieces from that period. It is the equivalent of having had someone save articles from The Times in a scrapbook for posterity.

Many of the books, written by the suffragists, about the final stages of the suffrage movement focus on either the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) led by Carrie Chapman Catt, or the National Woman’s Party founded by Alice Paul. The New York Times reported on both women. And, that makes our understanding so much richer. The HerStory Scrapbook website also features 90 women who fought for women’s suffrage.

More suffrage centennial events to celebrate!

WomensActivism.nyc at the NYC Department of Records and Information Services is honoring the women who won the right to vote in NYS in 1917 and people fighting for justice today with a celebration of women’s activism in New York as part of the 2017 suffrage centennial. The date is November 6, 2017, 6-8 p.m. at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 155 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007. FREE. Women’s speeches, writings, drama, poetry, music from the past and present, multi-media installations and live site-specific performances, Women’s suffrage sing-along, Open mic and food, and surprise take-away gifts.

There’s a long way to go for women’s rights history (and its impact and inspiration for the present day) if the tourism industry promoting women’s history is to compete with the Civil War, Erie Canal, American Revolution, and other NYS historical highlights. This is why we’re rocking the cradle. It’s an initiative from the grassroots—ordinary people like the women and their men allies who sparked a remarkable social revolution in women’s rights that has been marginalized over the years and this is changing. That’s why we’re rocking the cradle and we’re asking you to join us.

Other events: The opening of the Votes for Women exhibit at the New York State Museum on November 4, 2017 in Albany, NY. “NY Votes for Women: A Suffrage Centennial Anthology,” showcases twenty-one women who explore these questions in a variety of memoirs, stories and poems. Join Cayuga Lake Books, the Anthology editors, and readers on October 26 at 6:30 PM and hear readings from the following contributors: Carol Kammen, Gaia Woolf-Nightingall, Lisa Harris, Nora Snyder, Sarah Jefferis, Yvonne Fisher. To learn more about the Anthology, visit  suffragestories.wordpress.com



Upcoming women’s suffrage events and special programs!

August 27 2 PM: “Women on Wheels: Bikes, Liberation and Suffrage” at the Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion, 151 Charlotte St, Canandaigua. The 1816 Farmington Meetinghouse will co-sponsor this event,  where historian Kjirsten Gustavson,will present her “Woman on a Wheel” program.  Gustavson, of NYS Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, will appear in her reproduction 1890s bicycle costume, and  talk about the impact of the bicycle on women’s social status in the years before the vote. She will be joined by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, represented by Barbara Blaisdell and Melinda Grube, who had a lot to say about “bikes, liberation and suffrage,” and will be happy to say it again!

After a short discussion, visitors who are so inclined, will be invited to jump on their own bikes to join Ms. Gustavson on a 40 minute round trip ride around the Gardens and on  to the Ontario County Fair Grounds and back. Refreshments will be served at the Mansion after the discussion and available until the bikers return. Bikers fourteen years and younger are required to wear a helmet. This event itself is free, after paying an entrance fee to the Gardens. Contact Sonnenberg at Sonnenberg.org or (585) 394-4922 for details.

For more news about women’s suffrage programs and events: SuffrageCentennials.com and SuffrageWagon.org


Issue of NWHP Gazette focuses on women’s suffrage, plus votes for women news notes!

Want to know about the activists who worked for the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by state? The 2017 issue of the National Women’s History Project has pages and pages of names of those to be honored. They represent barely a fraction of the tens of thousands of individuals and organizations across the nation who put themselves on the line. The graphics are sensational. Visit the NWHP web site for Gazette ordering information.

The statue fund for New York City to highlight Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony is still accepting donations. This will be the first statue in NYC’s Central Park to honor real women, not fictional characters. The NYC Parks Department has approved the statue location near Central park and 77th Street. The fundraising is intended to match the $500,000 challenge from New York Life Insurance.

The 2020 initiative to honor the 19th Amendment is a national women’s equality coalition planning for events in Philadelphia during 2020. The program is coordinated by Drexel University in Philadelphia. Contact Drexel.edu/vision2020

On Tuesday, September 26, 2017— organizers and volunteers from all over the U.S. will celebrate National Voter Registration Day 2017. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to sign-up as an partner for National Voter Registration Day in 2017. Partnerships do not automatically carry over from year-to-year, so you must sign up for 2017 to receive free posters and stickers for your organization’s efforts.

Check SuffrageCentennials.org for more information about 2020 and the planning for the national observance of American women voting for 100 years. Add your email in the above box to receive Lets Rock the Cradle regular postings.

Follow SuffrageCentennials.com for trends, events, and celebrations.

Register now for Seneca Falls Dialogues

240px-Suitcase_icon.svgRegistration is now open for the 4th Biennial Seneca Falls Dialogues, scheduled for October 17-19 in Seneca Falls, New York.  A collaborative effort coordinated by WILL and the University Alliance, the Dialogues focus on the continuing struggle for human rights.  

The March Call for Dialogues yielded numerous responses.  A total of 15 topics were selected by the Alliance for presentation, to be facilitated by groups traveling from as far away as Kent State and Indiana Universities.  

Past biennial events have drawn nearly 200 participants, mainly students, professors and women’s studies program directors, and women’s rights activists.  

While there is a cost to participate, the conference planners have kept the registration fees to a minimum. Student registration costs $50.  Non-student registration is $125.  For those who wish to attend just the dinner and/or brunch, each featuring keynote speakers, tickets for those events can be purchased separately (see registration information here).

In order to make the event affordable for everyone, a limited number of scholarships which cover both registration and hotel assistance are available to students. Students must send an informal scholarship request to Conference Co-Chair Angela Clark-Taylor at sbai@rochester.edu.  All scholarship requests must be received prior to September 11.  Applicants must submit information concerning the nature of their financial need, including the lack of other financial resources to support their participation.

Farmington Quaker Meeting restoration progress report

Farmington Quaker MeetingInterested in historical detective work? Want to see how the jigsaw puzzle of the 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse in Farmington, NY is coming together?

Mark your calendar for September 3, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. for a preliminary report on architectural findings from the Historic Structure Report for the 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse. Come early at 3 p.m. if you have artifacts from the Meetinghouse –windows, doors, benches, woodwork, nails, whatever– that you would like to share. The architectural team will photograph and measure these items at the meeting at the Farmington Friends Church, 187 Country Road 8, Farmington, NY.

Save the Date for Sally Roesch Wagner’s presentation, “Haudenosaunee Women and Women’s Rights,” on November 8, 2014 at 2 p.m. Wagner who hails from the Matilda Joslyn Gage Center in Fayetteville, NY will discuss the influence of Haudenosaunee women on the dominant culture’s 19th century women’s rights movement. Co-sponsor: Ganondagan Historic Site. Seneca white corn cookies will be served. Event scheduled for the Farmington Friends Meetinghouse, 187 County Road 8, Farmington, NY.

For more information: www.farmingtonmeetinghouse.org