Susan B. Anthony

We shall someday be heeded, and  . . . everybody will think it was always so, just exactly as many young people think that all the privileges, all the freedom, all the enjoyments which women now possesses always were hers.  They have no idea of how every single inch of ground that she stands upon today has been gained by the hard work of some little handful of women of the past.  Susan B. Anthony

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Where are the women – Everywhere!: Audrey Munson

Fascinating story of an invisible, yet eminently visible women: check it out at:

http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/miss-manhattan/

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Frances Perkins

512d2587-027d-4eb9-8737-d466a4113e0fToday-May 13th-is the Feast Day for Frances Perkins, in the Calendar of Lesser Feasts and Fasts of the Episcopal Church that named Perkins a “holy woman.” As Secretary of Labor, Perkins was the first woman in a presidential cabinet and the architect of far-reaching labor and social legislation, including the establishment of Social Security.  I’m inspired by all the women I write about: Today I’m thinking about Frances Perkins, who I wrote about in A Woman Unafraid: The Achievements of Frances Perkins. The quote around the image reads: “Social justice is part of the implication of loving thy neighbor.”

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Our Fabulous Feminists

img089Just published by Veteran Feminists of America (VFA) and FREE: a unique and historical e-book: Our Fabulous Feminists, a biographical compendium of personal essays written by 95 Second Wave pioneers. My essay, “Why I Write Women’s History,” was first published on VFA’s website in February 2o11, as part of VFA’s  Feminist Writer of the Month series.  We are listed alphabetically on the content page, just click on a name.  The news about Our Fabulous Feminists prompted to me look for  a certificate I received from VFA in 2006, as one of the many feminists included in Barbara Love’s book, Feminists Who Changed America. Here is the certificate and the link to the FREE e-book: Our Fabulous Feminists: http://www.vfa.us/FabFemBook.htm

 

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A Woman of Achievement

We get home delivery of two newspapers: “The New York Times” and the “The Bergen Record.” I’m always annoyed at the paucity of women’s obituaries. Today, however, Linda and I were incredulous that the death of Dorothy Warburton, “Pioneering geneticist Dorothy Warburton dies” was covered in “The Record” but not in NYT. Most likely the Record’s interest was sparked by the fact that she lived in Englewood, NJ, and that her son works for “The Record.” But, still! what does it take for the NYT to cover the death of a woman of accomplishment!?! http://www.northjersey.com/obituaries/top-obituaries/pioneering-geneticist-dorothy-warburton-dies-1.1558359

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“I cannot vote, but can be voted for.” Belva Lockwood, 1884 candidate for President

3g10511r“I cannot vote, but can be voted for.” Belva Lockwood, presidential candidate. Probably no surprise to those of you who check my blog and FB page, I’m monitoring the commentary and comments regarding Hillary Clinton and her campaign for the presidency of the U.S. Recently I wondered how Belva Lockwood fared in her historic 1884 presidential campaign. Lockwood, a pioneering attorney, author, educator, was the first woman to run an actual campaign and to receive votes. Not surprisingly she was characterized and belittled. (Men wearing shapeless Mother Hubbard dresses marched in  Belva Lockwood Club parades.)  Here are excerpts of 1884 media coverage: “It is said Belva Lockwood has not been kissed for twenty years. She eats onions.” Bismarck Weekly Tribune; “The public is beginning to lose all interest in the fact that Mrs. Lockwood is running for the presidency. It never was an interesting sight to watch a woman run, anyway.” Lowell Citizen; Colonel Belva Lockwood is a candidate for President, but the real issue is, can Belva cook a ‘meal’s vittles’ on a cold stove.’ Atlanta Constitution; Candidate Belva Lockwood is very confident of success. She has already checked at the White House to see if it has closets enough. Philadelphia Call  On election day, Nov. 4, 1884, Belva Lockwood received close to 5,000 votes in the eight states where her name was on the ballot.  She ran again in 1888. The image, “Now Let the Show Go on,” is an illustration in Puck, Sept. 17, 1884. The clown depicts Benjamin F. Butler with a list of other candidates falling out of his pocket. Belva Lockwood is holding a scroll inscribed: “Nomination for Pres. Women’s Right Party.”

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Harriet Tubman: “All around us”

News of Harriet Tubman making it on the front of the $20 bill in 2030 -14 years from now prompted one of my sons, a history professor, to email me: “You should write something about your work on documenting monuments – markers to historic women- people don’t have to wait for the new money- as you have chronicled – these monuments are all around us.”  So, here is my list to Harriet Tubman:

Harriet Tubman, Abolitionist, Scout, Spy, Nurse, Women’s Rights Advocate

Canada 5 markers in St. Catharines, Ontario, including:

Harriet Ross Tubman Marker: Geneva Street just north of North Street, St. Catharines, Ontario

Harriet Tubman Bust and Marker: North side of BME Church, 92 Geneva Street, St. Catharines, Ontario

Delaware

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway: Sandtown to Centreville, Delaware routes 10, 15, 9, 52, and US 13

District of Columbia

Harriet Tubman circa 1820-1913 Marker: The Extra Mile, 1340 G Street NW, Washington, D.C.

Maryland

Harriet Tubman Birthplace Marker, Greenbriar Road, Cambridge, MD

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument: 2145 Key Wallace Drive, Cambridge, MD

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Scenic Byway: follows Choptank River to Delmarva, 125-miles; map and guide at Dorchester Visitor Center, 2 Rose Hill Place, Cambridge, MD

Harriet Tubman Memorial Garden, Route 50 near the intersection of Washington Street Cambridge, MD

“Finding Freedom” Marker: intersection of Taylors Island Road and MD Route 335, Church Creek, MD (Park and Ride lot)

“Sailing Away to Freedom” Marker: Holly Park Drive, Harmony, MD

“Malone’s Church-Ties That Bind” Marker: White Marsh Road, Madison, MD

“Preparing for Freedom” Marker: Madison Canning House Road, Madison, MD

Massachusetts:

Harriet Tubman Park; Pembroke Street and Columbus, Ave., Boston, MA

“Step on Board/Harriet Tubman Memorial”: Statue by Fern Cunningham; Pembroke Street and Columbus, Ave., Boston, MA

Michigan

“Harriet Tubman”: Statue by Jane DeDecker, 119 West Michigan, Ypsilanti, MI

New York

“Swing Low: Harriet Tubman Memorial”: Statue by Aiison Saar, 122nd St and Frederick Douglass Blvd., New York, NY

Harriet Tubman National Historical Park, under development, Cayuga County, NY;

Harriet Tubman Plaque: 24 South Street, City Hall, Auburn, NY

Harriet Tubman Home:180 South Street, Auburn, NY

Grave, Forest Hill Cemetery, 19 Fort Street, Auburn, New York

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Favorite Photo

img080I recently received the April-May issue of my favorite little literary magazine “BookWomen A Readers’ Community for Those Who Love Women’s Words” with the 250-word piece I was asked to write about my favorite photo of me with 2-year old Quinn and Balan. Their Dad, David, took the picture.

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Women’s Equality

Hurrah! Today President Obama designated the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equallty National Monument in Washington, D.C.. adding it to the National Park System. Formerly the Sewall-Belmont House, it was the home of the National Woman’s Party, led by Alice Paul, a instrumental leader in women’s fight for the vote. “I want young girls and boys to come here—10, 20, 100 years from now—to know that women fought for equality. It was not just given to them,” Obama said. “I want them to come here and be astonished that there was a time when women could not vote. I want them to be astonished that was a time that women earned less than men for doing the same work…. that there was ever at time that a woman had never sat in the Oval Office.” p.s. I would add that everyone, not just “young girls and boys” should come and “be astonished.”

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Frances Perkins

FPcoverIMG_0207Remembering Frances Perkins, born on this day – April 10 – in 1880. As secretary of labor, the first woman in a presidential cabinet, Frances Perkins, a woman who got things done,was the architect of some of the most far-reaching and important reforms and social legislation for working people ever enacted in America, including the establishment of Social Security. Perkins lived during tumultuous and contentious times; always, she said, sustained by words from the Bible – “Be ye steadfast.” The photo is of a large, evocative poster that has hung on my office wall ever since I wrote “A Woman Unafraid: The Achievements of Frances Perkins.” Several years before her death in 1965, Perkins said: “I hear people say that the world is in a crisis . . . I think crisis has occurred in the world’s history many times . . . . You just can’t be afraid . . . if you’re going to accomplish anything,”

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