Marguerite Kearns June 25, 2018

Suffrage Wagon News Channel for news & views of the women’s suffrage movement on Vimeo. This video is a reminder of the hard work and determination associated with American women winning the right to vote.

NEWS FROM THE FIRST WAVE OF THE WOMEN’S RIGHTS MOVEMENT—

The UK is in the midst of its suffrage centennial to observe how 100 years ago in 1918, women in Great Britain won a partial right to vote. Those women property owners of houses could vote, while full suffrage was legislated in 1928. As the centennial observance was launched, Dr. Helen Pankhurst, the great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst went public with an overview of women’s rights gains, as well as the journey ahead to achieve equality.

As for the suffragette slogan, “Deeds not Words,” there are more commentators like Dr. Helen Pankhurst who say both words and actions are critical now. Dr. Pankhurst’s new book, Deeds Not Words: The Story of Women’s Rights- Then and Now” was released in February 2018. The BBC has also released “Emmeline Pankhurst: The Making of a Militant.”

IN OTHER SUFFRAGE NEWS—

Visit Huntington, New York to see an historic road marker near Main and Wall Streets commemorating the “Spirit of 1776” wagon used by Edna Kearns that created a commotion there in July of 1913. Plan a trip to see the road marker this fall!

NEWS OF THE STORYTELLING ABOUT EDNA AND WILMER KEARNS—

Marguerite Kearns never anticipated becoming hooked on her grandfather’s stories at age ten. She had no clue she would be piecing together the puzzles of her life and that of her grandparents for years. In the aftermath of the 1969 Woodstock Festival, Marguerite lived in Woodstock, NY and spent a good portion of the next 20 years assembling the much larger story of how U.S. women won the right to vote. She documented her own coming of age with an understanding of the role her grandparents played on the ground in terms of suffrage community organizing. 

Told with sensitivity and humor, the memoir by Marguerite Kearns contrasts two generations—the Soapbox Generation of her grandparents and her own, the Woodstock Nation. One story blends the turn of the 20th century with the 1970s and the present day. Storytelling brings the past, present, and future together.

Suffrage Wagon News Channel (SuffrageWagon.org) has been publishing since 2009. Join us in supporting the “Spirit of 1776” Suffrage Wagon being put on exhibit during 2020, the nation’s centennial celebration of U.S. women voting for 100 years.

Stay up to date with the ongoing effort to remember Inez Milholland, the U.S. suffrage martyr. Find out about the larger context of suffrage centennials at SuffrageCentennials.com

Road marker in Huntington, NY

 

 

 

 

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