by Marguerite Kearns
We’ve been preparing for the 2020 suffrage centennial for years.
Who could have anticipated that the coronavirus epidemic would turn the planet upside down?
CANCELLATION OF MANY CENTENNIAL EVENTS LEAD TO DIGITAL PLATFORMS SUCH AS BOOK CLUBS, INCLUDING READERS ABOUT WOMEN’S RIGHTS
The National Women’s History Alliance in California has announced a virtual book club of seven books on women’s rights. The book club capacity is limited to one hundred. Check out the program.
Many events and special programs are being cancelled, including the temporary closing of the New York State Museum. This means those anticipating the exhibit of the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon are discovering that the campaign wagon may or may not be on exhibit in 2020 or in the future.
It’s too soon to tell. One thing is for sure. It’s Women’s History Month.
WE ARE DEALING WITH THE UNKNOWN!
Protecting voting rights has become a priority. What are the implications for the 2020 election? How will the election be conducted? Does the United States have the will and capacity to pull off a mail election? Commentators have expressed many doubts about the possibility.
MANY QUESTIONS ARE BEING ASKED, AND THE DIRECTION AHEAD IS UNCLEAR
What’s the point of celebrating the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution if the voting process will be easily compromised and the difficult work of generations of women negated? Or is that the point? Is power and control more important than anything?
Keep the “Spirit of 1776” alive. Ask questions, and when in doubt, take charge.
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Support the New York State Museum in keeping the memory of the early women’s rights movement alive by including the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon as a presence in its rotating permanent collection after 2020.