VISIT CONVENTION DAYS —JULY 20-22, 2018 in Seneca Falls, NY. The event commemorates the 1848 women’s convention that is the first recorded instance of rocking the cradle of the women’s rights movement in the US.
A regular visit to the Suffrage Wagon Cafe will also introduce you to the background of why 2020 is going to be a big deal in the United States. It’s the 100th anniversary of women voting. This is more than rah-rah-sis-boom-bah. By being aware of our history, we benefit. We’ll understand and appreciate the power spread over and invested in the four waves of the women’s rights movement covering the 19th to the 21st centuries.
Not every woman voter in the US is in love with a social system operating from top to bottom. Where there are those at the top who tower over and deny rights to those under them. There are some holdouts, to be sure. Face it. Women and girls are still being lured into loving their second class citizenship. They don’t see anything wrong with being paid less than men for jobs. They see nothing peculiar about mature women being referred to as “girls,” as if they are emotional children. They don’t mind being prevented from sharing power. They don’t understand that in 2023, US women will have been working for 100 years to make sure their equal rights are guaranteed in the US Constitution.
But don’t despair. Things are changing. That’s why we continue to rock the cradle. Where did this phrase come from? The Finger Lakes district of New York State is referred to as the cradle of the women’s rights movement in the US. It was a part of the geography of upstate New York where many free thought activists lived and organized. Rocking the cradle has expanded beyond New York State. It’s national now, and if you follow this web platform, you’re part of it.
Follow LetsRockTheCradle.com Part of preparing for the 2020 votes for women centennial is staying in touch with suffrage-friendly sites such as Suffrage Wagon News Channel and SuffrageCentennials.com
LetsRockTheCradle.com is a public service provided to the news media, policy makers, citizens, and all those interested in the national suffrage centennial in 2020 that will celebrate the first wave of the women’s rights movement in the United States. LetsRockTheCradle.com started as a blogging tour of the Finger Lakes region of New York State in 2013 by Marguerite Kearns and Olivia Twine in order to bring to the attention of the public the long and difficult struggle for women to win voting rights and the urgent need for public education about this time in US history.