Author Archives: Penny Colman

Wobbly Structure

I was just reading about Selina Solomons, president of the Votes for Women’s Club of San Francisco. During the 1911 woman suffrage campaign in California, Solomons reported that she had “numberless hand-to-hand encounters” with anti-suffragists who held “anti-diluvian arguments and … Continue reading

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Hillary

Banners, badges, buttons, balloons, posters, placards, ribbons, sashes, stamps, and trading cards were just a few of the items suffragists used in women’s worldwide fight for the vote. Onward into elective offices around the world.

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Epithets

Even when I’ve finished a book I keep an eye out for additional information: For example with my most recent book about Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, I keep a running record of epithets regarding women’s rights advocates. … Continue reading

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Susan B. Anthony

On campaigning: In 1896, seventy-six-year old Susan B. Anthony spent 8 months campaigning for a woman suffrage amendment in California. (It was defeated.) Here’s her biographer’s account: “There was scarcely a day, including Sundays, that she did not make from … Continue reading

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Another reason why I love nonfiction!

So happy to read this article in The New York Times. For all of you who took my courses in nonfiction literature at Queens College, CUNY or Teachers College, Columbia University, here’s another reminder of why I love nonfiction and … Continue reading

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“I would like to be buried in Arlington Cemetery”

Today – September 9, 2106 – I was heartened to find an article in The New York Times, illustrated with a lovely full-color photograph of the interment in Arlington National Cemetery of the cremated remains of Elaine D. Harmon, a … Continue reading

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Bookstore happiness

Happiness is unexpectedly discovering a used bookstore while on a research road trip! I’m trying to curb my book-buying appetite (running out of room, plus I have a book to write) but I succumbed to getting, “The Unknown Gertrude Jekyll,” … Continue reading

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Jersey Shore

Although totally prepared to leave, we stayed with our plans to spend the Labor Day weekend at the Jersey Shore. We figured that our 12-year-old granddaughter’s prediction that Hermine wouldn’t come ashore and send us scurrying to safety was as … Continue reading

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Irish Women of the South

My long-time, cherished friend, Mollie Hoben, the co-founder of BookWomenCenter for Feminist Reading, Minnesota Women’s Press, organizes and leads  stimulating, life-enhancing book trips,  “Reading on the Road,”  in the U.S. and abroad from Iceland to Oaxaca, Mexico, to Sedona, AZ, … Continue reading

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Women’s Equality Day

August 26th!! It’s Women’s Equality Day, established by Congress to celebrate the day in 1920 when the the Nineteenth Amendment was certified, thus officially added to the U.S. Constitution. The long, hard struggle against enormous resistance was over; women had … Continue reading

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