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: 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.

New York State capitol tours highlight suffrage centennial

Online registration is now available for special Capitol suffrage tours celebrating the centennial of women winning the right to vote in New York State and for the annual Capitol Hauntings tours of the New York State Capitol. New York State is where the first Women’s Rights Convention was held in Seneca Falls in 1848 and where women won the right to vote in 1917, three years before the 19th Amendment was ratified. The one-hour tour will explore the connections between the Capitol and the historic fight for suffrage. It will feature an exhibit of artifacts selected to showcase the suffragists’ journey from earliest ambition to success. The tours also coincide with suffrage exhibits and events at the New York State Museum and the Albany Institute of History and Art. The free Capitol suffrage tours will be offered on Tuesdays, Nov 7 and 14, at 5:30 p.m.; and on Saturdays, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9, at noon. Capitol Hauntings Tours explore the legends, folklore, and “ghost stories” connected to the historic state Capitol, begins on Monday, October 2.

Space is limited, so pre-registration for both the suffrage and hauntings tours is required and can be done online at or by calling (518) 474-2418). Weekday tours begin at the information desk in the Capitol’s State Street lobby, and Saturday tours start at the Empire State Plaza Visitor Center and Gift Shop in the underground North Concourse. Both tours last approximately an hour


The campaign to make August 26th a national holiday!

A viola tribute to a great-great grandmother and suffrage activist! on Vimeo.

The National Women’s History Project has a campaign underway to make August 26th a national holiday. To join, send an email to:

Auditions for NYU women’s rights program. Present a two-minute monologue of your choosing, or read aloud a prepared statement of why you want to engage in a collaborative theatre process. Auditions will be held in the Black Box Theatre, NYC: September 6 from 8:30 – 10pm; September 7 from 7 – 10 pm; September 8 from 7 – 10pm; September 9. Callbacks from 10 am – 12 noon. Show times: Oct. 20 – 22, 26- 29.

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 or (585) 394-4922 for details.

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Theodore Roosevelt and his support for suffrage

Theodore RooseveltThe Town of Newcomb, NY will celebrate its annual TR Weekend on September 5-7, 2014, an occasion that celebrates the town’s connection with Theodore Roosevelt, a naturalist, explorer, and historian from New York City and Long Island who served as the 33rd Governor of New York State the 26th President of the United States. TR is usually mentioned as a leader of the Republican Party before the founding of the Progressive Party, as well as his energetic personality and leadership of the Progressive Movement. Less known is his support of women’s suffrage.

Roosevelt was visiting the Tahawus Club in Newcomb and climbing Mount Marcy when he learned that U.S. President McKinley, who had been shot on September 6, 1901, was near death. He made a hurried and arduous overnight ride from Newcomb, through Minerva, to the train station at North Creek. While en route McKinley died and TR, just 42 years-old, became the youngest person to become president.

TR reenactor Joe Weigand is part of the program, and there are free guided wagon tours to the Great Camp Santanoni Farm complex, tours of Tahawus and the Upper Works, a guided mountain bike ride, a 5K run, kid’s fishing derby, golf tournament, a tour of the Huntington Forest, float plane rides, a guide boat flotilla, a magic show, ice cream social, a quilt show, fireworks, and much more. Check the complete schedule.


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  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.

More about Declaration of Equalities for Muslim Women

Nadia Shahram, Buffalo lawyer and author of a Declaration of Equalities for Muslim Women, with Elizabeth Cady Stanton (a.k.a. Melinda Grube) at Seneca Falls, July 19, 2014: Photo.

The 1816 Farmington Meetinghouse is sponsoring a dialogue between attorney and activist Nadia Shahram and Elizabeth Cady Stanton (a.k.a Melinda Grube) about the new Declaration of Equalities for Muslim Women. When? August 16, 2014 at p.m., Farmington Friends Meetinghouse, 187 County Road 8, Farmington, N.Y. Co-sponsors: Friends of Women’s Rights Park and the Women’s Interfaith Institute, with support from the New York State Humanities Council.