Author Archives: Penny Colman

“Think about it hard.”

Last night, December 1, 2016, Linda and I attended the premier of the first opera written by a woman performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City since 1903.  (“(Read that sentence again, and think about it hard.)” wrote Zachary … Continue reading

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Lays Down Live

Today – November 25 – in 1916 – Inez Milholland Boissevain died in a Los Angeles hospital, after collapsing while giving a suffrage speech.  Known as the “Idol of Suffragists” she was an international known  tireless and beloved advocate for … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving and Many Meanings

Thanksgiving day has had many meanings throughout American history. Four years after the end of the Civil War, Thomas Nast created this cartoon titled “Uncle Sam’s Thanksgiving Dinner.” Two symbols of America are depicted at the ends of the table. … Continue reading

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Why the Delay?

In thinking about the resistance to women in the political arena in America, I think about the historical resistance to woman suffrage.   In their book Woman Suffrage and Politics.  published in 1926, six years after ratification of the 19th Amendment … Continue reading

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We will win this battle yet, Susan!

Sessions, Bannon, Flynn, Pompeo . . .reading those names prompts me to think of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s letter to Susan B. Anthony in 1871: Outraged by the joint judiciary committee’s report, an “open declaration” that women were “not citizens” ECS … Continue reading

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Isn’t Easy

The 2016 election result have left me reeling between despair and determination.  Having spent many years immersed in writing biographies and social history of women, I’m well aware of the fierce resistance to women’s participation in the public arena and … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Elizabeth Cady Stanton who was born on November 12, 1815! The steel engraving is in the “History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 1.” The marker in Johnstown, New York, reads: “The Birthplace of Equal Rights for Women in this … Continue reading

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Ida B. Wells

Woke up early thinking perhaps DT is not the president-elect, but, of course, reality quickly prevailed . . . Ida B. Wells – the fiery anti-lynching journalist, suffragist, civil rights activist, reminds us that: “Eternal vigilance is the price of … Continue reading

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Fight

7:19 text from granddaughter Sophie: “what are we gonna do” 7:34 reply from me:”we are gonna keep on fight for what is right and good! We are gonna keep making our voices heard! We are gonna stick together!!! I love … Continue reading

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Election Day!!!

“Fired up! Ready to go!” Edith Child, South Carolina politician Photo is 107-year-old Donella Wilson who is thrilled to be voting for Hillary Rodham Clinton today.  Our 12-year-old granddaughter is coming to the polls with me and Linda – she’s … Continue reading

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