Voters in four states defeated woman suffrage referendas in 1915: New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania, a mind-boggling historic fact! This tubboat was used to connect the fight for the vote in New York and New Jersey. The date on the banner–Oct. 19–was election day in NJ.
Here is the invitation for a celebation at Woodlawn Cemetery on Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s 200th birthday. The other two images are the front and back of a card that organizers hope people use to write celebatory messages. Feel free to swipe the card, fill it out, and return it to me or Woodlawn. Or you can just email me your sentiment and I’ll deliver them.
Yesterday–October 26– we made a spontaneously trip to lay flowers on ECS’s grave, Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, New York City:
ELIZABETH CADY STANTON
BORN JOHNSTOWN, N.Y. NOV. 12, 1815
DIED NEW YORK CITY, OCT. 26, 1902
WOMAN SUFFRAGE LEADER
WOMAN’S RIGHTS CONVENTION
FIRST IN HISTORY
SENECA FALLS, N.Y.
JULY 19, 1848
VOTES FOR WOMEN
FOUNDER NATIONAL WOMAN SUFFRAGE ASSOCIATION
Recently Liz Lekarczyk asked if I would donate a copy of my book “Rosie the Riveter: Women Working on the Home Front in World War II” for a fundraiser to help Willow Run Rosies in Michigan take back the Guinness World Book record for the most number of Rosies from the California Rosies. Of course, I would. She emailed me this morning with the news–they did it. Here’s a link. http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/world-record-for-most-rosie-the-riveters-broken-at-willow-run/36028882
I’ve been writing about the Frances Wright, Angelina and Sarah Grimke and other 19th century pioneers who bravely forged the way for women to speak in public. Thus when I just took a writing break and discovered this quote by Hillary Clinton her words resonated with me: “I’m not shouting. It’s just when women talk, some people think we’re shouting.”
Linda isn’t always free to come to my talks. But she was last night when I spoke at the Bernards Township Library, Basking Ridge, NJ. My “official” photographer, she took this photograph of my silhouettee against the slide of the cover of the recent reissue of my book Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts: A History of Burial. She took it as I was reading my words: “Understanding death doesn’t necessarily take away our anxieties or fears about our own death, or our sadness about other people’s deaths, but it does help us find way to continue on with our lives.”
An extraordinary, but little known woman, died today–Oct. 20–in 1880: Lydia Maria Child, author, editor, abolitionists, women’s rights activist, about whom it was said: she was “ready to die for a principle and starve for an idea.” Here some titles of her works to give you a sense of the range of her influence: “An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans”; “The Frugal Housewife”; “The History of the Condition of Women, in Various Ages and Nations': and “Over the River and Through the Woods” (I included all 12 verses & an illustration in my book “Thanksgiving: The True Story).
The photo is from the night last week of the public hearing and vote of the planning board, Tenafly, NJ, on the fate of the Valley Hotel where Elizabeth Cady Stanton attempted to vote on Nov. 2, 1880 with Susan B. Anthony beside her. Over the years the building has been a bowling alley, saloon, garment factory, and restaurant and undergone alternations. However the front of the building is original. Coline Jenkins, ECS’s great, great granddaughter and Eric, ECS’s great, great grandson came from Connecticut with a huge birthday cake for ECS’s upcoming 200th birthday. We ate and sang before the meeting. Then testified and sadly learned the outcome of the vote–the daycare project was approved. The historic building will be demolished.
“Another generation has now enlisted for a long or short campaign. What, say they, shall we do to hasten the work? I answer, the pioneers have brought you through the wilderness in sight of the promised land; now, with active, aggressive warfare, take possession. . . . The women in every State should watch their law-makers, and any bill invidious to their interests should be promptly denounced, and with such vehemence and indignation as to agitate the whole community.” From a paper, “Our Defeats and Our Triumphs,” by eighty-two-year old Elizabeth Cady Stanton, read by Clara Colby at the 1898 National American Woman Suffrage Association, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Seneca Falls Woman’s Rights convention that ECS had initiated.
Source History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 4, p. 292
I think of computers as a modern invention. Bur Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace wrote an algorithm designed to be carried out by machine in the 19th century! Around the world 10/12 is celebrated as Ada Lovelace Day , a day to raise the profile of women in science, technology, engineering and math.