This week on The Historians Podcast is Angelica Shirley Carpenter author of Born Criminal: Matilda Joslyn Gage, Radical Suffragist. The book is a biography of one of the leaders of the women’s rights movement, who was born near Syracuse and who was also an influence on L. Frank Baum’s fictional works about Oz.
In 1893, a deputy sheriff knocked on Matilda Joslyn Gage’s door in Fayetteville, New York. He served her with a supreme writ, court papers summoning her to appear before a judge for breaking the law.
“All of the crimes which I was not guilty of rushed through my mind,” she wrote later, “but I failed to remember that I was a born criminal — a woman.” Her crime: registering to vote. The verdict: guilty as charged. [Read more…] about Radical Suffragist Matilda Joslyn Gage
Angelica Shirley Carpenter’s new book Born Criminal: Matilda Joslyn Gage, Radical Suffragist takes a look at Matilda Gage’s life and why she is often overlooked when her comrades, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, are regularly celebrated.
Reflecting upon her 1893 arrest, Gage said, “All of the crimes which I was not guilty of rushed through my mind, but I failed to remember that I was a born criminal – a woman.” What was Gage’s crime? Registering to vote. The verdict? Guilty as charged. [Read more…] about Born Criminal: Suffragist Matilda Joslyn Gage
The Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund, Inc. have announced that Meredith Bergmann will be the sculptor for The Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Woman Suffrage Movement Monument Design Competition at The New-York Historical Society.
Meredith’s winning design will be on exhibit at the New-York Historical Society until the end of July. Plans are also underway for her model to be exhibited at the New York State Museum in Albany in late August for Women’s Equality Day. [Read more…] about Central Park Suffrage Statue Designer Named
Jennifer A. Lemak and Ashley Hopkins-Benton’s new book Votes For Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial (Excelsior Editions, 2017) chronicles the history of the women’s rights and suffrage movements in New York State and examines the important role the state played in the national suffrage movement.
The work for women’s suffrage received a boost more than seventy years before the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment at the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 when Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, and one hundred supporters signed the Declaration of Sentiments asserting that “all men and women are created equal.”
This convention served as a catalyst for debates and action on both the national and state level, and on November 6, 1917, New York State passed the referendum for women’s suffrage. Its passing in New York signaled that the national passage of suffrage would soon follow. On August 18, 1920, “Votes for Women” were constitutionally granted. [Read more…] about New Book Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial
New York Citys Landmarks Preservation Commission has launched NYC Landmarks and The Vote at 100, an interactive story map commemorating the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State through the lens of New York City landmarks.
The story map enables viewers to learn the history of more than 40 designated sites associated with the advancement of the suffrage movement for American women. Text, photographs, maps and video, weave an account of the movement in a seven-part narrative that includes sections on the mainstream movement and well as the specific contributions of young insurgents, labor activists, and African American suffragists. [Read more…] about Story Map: NYC Landmarks and The Vote at 100
On Sunday, November 5 at 2 pm, The Right to Vote: 100th Anniversary Commemoration will be held at the Time and the Valleys Museum in Grahamsville, Sullivan County.
The program starts with Charles Ford of Newburgh giving a talk on: “The Making of the Nineteenth Amendment”, including early movements from 1800-1834, suffrage movements around the world and suffrage champions including Harriet Beecher Stowe, Elizabeth Stanton, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglas, Sojourner Truth and Alice Paul. [Read more…] about 100th Anniv of Women Winning Right to Vote Event
A new exhibit, Votes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial will open at the New York State Museum on Saturday, November 4.
Votes for Women will celebrate the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State and seeks to raise public awareness of the struggle for women’s suffrage and equal rights in New York State from the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention through 1917 when New York State granted women the right to vote.
The exhibition will also address the nationally significant role of New York State leaders in regards to women’s rights and the feminist movement through the early 21st century. [Read more…] about Votes for Women Exhibit Opens Nov 4th at State Museum
2017 marks the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in New York State, and this fall, Humanities New York is exploring the subject with a reading and discussion group.
Union College Professor Andrea Foroughi will leads the group through six evenings of book discussion. The book selections include history, biography, and fiction, and provide a window into this chapter of American social progress and a springboard into ongoing discussions of women’s history. [Read more…] about Schenectady Votes For Women Reading & Discussion Group
The first Fall Path Through History Weekend will begin on October 7, 2017. Event registration is underway. Events across New York State will celebrate the Women’s Suffrage Centennial.
The Broome-Tioga Suffrage Anniversary Parade will be held in Binghamton on October 7.
A reenactment of the 1913 parade that was held in Binghamton in conjunction with the NYS Woman Suffrage Association Convention. The parade will mimic the 1913 parade and then feature modern groups celebrating the 100th anniversary of NYS Suffrage. The parade starts at 1pm at the American Legion on Main Street and processes down to Court Street. [Read more…] about Path Through History: Women’s Suffrage Centennial