Susan B. Anthony Crashed the All-Male July 4th, 1876 Celebration

10462597_10202750051735957_5738780758358195327_n-605x764 A lot of hoopla was held leading up to the Centennial 4th of July in 1876, none of it honoring women’s contributions, or even including women as participants.  So, Susan B. Anthony finagled five tickets to the all-male main event in Philadelphia on the 4th.  On an oppressively 4th of July, she, along with Matilda Joslyn Gage, Sara Andrews Spencer, Lillie Devereau Blake, Phoebe Couzins, silently sat in the audience until the Declaration of Independence was read. Then rising, undoubtedly majestically, they walked to the platform, where Susan B. Anthony handed the presiding official the document that she, Matilda Joslyn Gage, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton had written for the occasion: Declaration of Rights of Women of the United States that included these word:  “From the earliest history of our country woman has shown equal devotion with man to the cause of freedom, and has stood firmly by his side in its defense. Together, they have made this country what it is. . . . We ask justice, we ask equality. . . be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever.

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Orphan Fawns

fawn“Bring a camera,” Linda whispered from the back porch. I did, and there they were–the orphans–eating my garden–sigh! Printing copies to send to various grandchildren at camp, including Sophie who, six years ago when the deer first appeared, sympathetically dubbed one of them “garden eater” . . . .because “deer don’t have grocery stores, Grammy.” Fireworks tonight just up the sidewalk at the high school–we’re noting that 2015 is the 95th anniversary of ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment!

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14th Amendment

Very cool!: I’ve been immersed in the 14th Amendment re my current book project so very cool to read this in Justice Kennedy’s majority decision in favor of same-sex couple’s right to marry: “under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment couples of the same-sex may not be deprived of that right and that liberty. The Court now holds that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry.” Onward!!!!!

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Fabulous Experience

Girl Scouts ECSJoan of Arc bestPC duetDSC04784Fabulous experience yesterday DSC04788taking granddaughter Sophie and the other terrific girls, members of Girl Scout troop 3700, to visit some New York City women’s history site. My daughter-in-law Katrin de Haen took wonderful photos. From left to right:  the display for Elizabeth Cady Stanton in the lobby of The Stanton, the apartment building named after her at 250 94th Street; Joan of Arc by Anna Vaugh Hyatt, 93rd and Riverside Drive; an impromptu duet with a passer-by at the Harriet Tubman Memorial of “O Let My People Go,” a song Tubman sang (two of the verses are carved in the curb around the memorial);  Swing Low: Harriet Tubman Memorial, 122nd Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard.

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It Rained!

rainTwo bummed-out looking twins whose grandmother and daddy didn’t pay close attention to the weather and got caught in a torrential rainstorm a long walk away from home!

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“Iron Girl”

Eleanor Egg, bronze plaque by Gaetano Federici, Paterson Museum, Paterson, NJ

Eleanor Egg, bronze plaque by Gaetano Federici, Paterson Museum, Paterson, NJ

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Last week I went to the Paterson Museum, Paterson, NJ, to see this marvelous bronze relief by Gaetano Federici, “In honor of Eleanor Egg, Champion of America.” It was commissioned in 1931 after she defeated champion Polish sprinter, Stella Walsh, in the 100-yard dash at a meet in Jersey City, NJ. Known as “Iron Girl,” Eleanor Egg, competed in the broad jump, setting a world record in 1927; the 100-yard dash; and the shot put. She won approximately 227 medals, 22 silver cups, 6 trophies. An injury prevented her from competing in the 1932 Olympics. “So, I missed the best chance that I ever had,” Egg recalled. “I’ll never know what I might have done. The large plaque was placed on Paterson’s Hinchcliffe Stadium, until the stadium was abandoned, then placed in storage. Happily it is now on display!

Born  in 1909, Eleanor Egg joined her parents’ acrobatics act, she said,  “when I was 1 year, 7 months, and I was billed all over … as the smallest acrobat in the country.” When she was eight years old, her parents quite show business and moved to Paterson, where she out-raced her classmates, including her school’s sprint champion, a boy.  Her parents cheered her on, particularly her mother, Caroline who once entered a race with Eleanor. Noticing that two Eggs were entered in the 800-meter race, a reporter asked Eleanor if it was her sister.

“Why, that’s not my sister, that’s my mother,” she replied.

When the reporter asked Caroline Egg, who was almost forty years old, if it was hard for her to run 800-meters (one half mile), she said, “Why I’ve run miles and miles.”

 

 

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Female Heroes

Temple_GrandinLegal_Justice_LeagueI rarely listen to anything during my long walks but recently I took my little radio and earphones (low tech, I know) and heard the cooolest piece on NPR about Maia Weinstock, a science writer who is “Bringing Female Heroes to the Lego Universe.” The images are: Temple Grandin and the female Supreme Court Justices. Here’s the link: http://www.studio360.org/story/bringing-female-heros-to-the-lego-universe/

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Taking a Break

Taking a break we went to Staten Island yesterday (about a 50 minute drive): visited the Chinese Scholar Garden with its impressive rockery resembling mountains that inspired ancient monks, eight pavilions, a waterfall, Koi-IMG_1627filled, pond, Chinese calligraphy, soaring

Banana Leaf Gatecranesroof peaks; walked through the botanical garden; ate dinner in a restaurant on the bank of the Arthur Kill, a heavily traveled shipping lane watching tugboats, tankers, and a lone cormorant; went to a show at a regional theater–all and all a very different but tugstimulating experience, plus we had fun!IMG_7791

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My Interview with Mary Doyle

Rosie cover mediumToday–May 29th –in 1943 Norman Rockwell’s iconic cover appeared on “Saturday Evening Post.” On my blog (can’t seem to post it here) is a brief excerpt from my 1994 telephone interview with Mary Doyle (later Keefe), the model for “Rosie” that appears on the cover of my book: “Rosie the Riveter: Women Working on the Home Front in World War II.” Mary is describing her appearance on Jay Leno’s show fifty years after she posed for Rockwell.

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Rosalie the Riveter

Shortly after midnight, Frank Cutitta sent me a message that his Aunt Rosalie the Riveter had died. I met Rosalie in 2009 when she was honored at New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Club of GFWC’s 101st Public Affairs Day, where I gave my “Rosie the Riveter” speech. A video of Rosalie talking about loading up her car with other workers and driving across the Burlington-Bristol Bridge singing “The Bluebird of Happiness” is on my website. Frank and his family buried Rosalie’s sister Theresa, who was also a riveter, just two days before Rosalie died. He said that he and his family have been using the link to the video “as a remembrance of the spirit of these two amazing women.” I was touched that he wrote and wanted me to “know how special Rosalie felt your story about the riveters was.” The riveters and all the other women war workers are what is special!
http://pennycolman.com/meet-penny-colman/podcast/

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