About us


Women Voters Thank Their Suffrage Ancestors on Vimeo.


Marguerite Kearns, Ed., granddaughter of Edna B. and Wilmer R. Kearns. Tara Bloyd is associate editor of SWNC. She is the great-granddaughter of Edna and Wilmer Kearns.


We stand on strong shoulders.

Suffrage Wagon News Channel is a digital newsletter publishing since 2009. The “Spirit of 1776” campaign wagon used by Edna Kearns in grassroots votes for women organizing in NYS is a symbol of the tireless work of tens of thousands of activists, perhaps millions of citizens, across the US. The Kearns wagon has been exhibited in 2010, 2012, 2017-2018, and 2020 at the New York State Museum in Albany, New York. It is a prime artifact of the early women’s rights movement. The wagon is part of the permanent collection at the state museum.

Edna Kearns (1882-1934) was a grassroots activist in the early women’s rights movement in the US. Wagon graphic above by Ray Lund.

7 Responses to About us

  1. Jackie Peltier says:

    This web platform is a labor of love. I have been keeping an eye on the Suffrage Wagon News site and there’s so much information. I was happy to find out that historic markers in New York State are on the main street of Huntington, NY. Plus another one is going up in Long Beach, NY on the Boardwalk sometime next year to honor the voting rights work of Edna Kearns. I hope you have news of it.

  2. Betsy Ann Hamilton says:

    I wish I had been living in New York when you started this blog. I had moved out of state and wasn’t paying attention. I love that this history is being told by a descendant of someone who was really there. Descendants are very interesting. It’s important for young women to stand up for what they believe in.

  3. Becky Howpern says:

    This is a very cool site! I started taking gender studies in college earlier this year and have since been fascinated with women throughout history and the oppression they have had to overcome to get where we are today. We still have a lot of work to do but I am happy to see sites like this supporting female justice for all women!

  4. Marlene Gilmore says:

    You are persistent to keep on with the topic of women voting for 100 years. Sad what is going on. Keep up your commenting. I count on it.

  5. Howard Stern says:

    Going into your 10th year? What an accomplishment!

  6. Hannah says:

    It is great to read that her descendants have help to take up her legacy. Edna Kearns did such important work for promoting freedom and women’s right to vote. I’d love to see the actual suffrage wagon the the New York Capitol one day. I suspect it’d be a rather emotional experience.

  7. Gigi Perez says:

    I’ve been following this platform for a couple of years, and finally, this past spring I got to see the suffrage wagon at the New York State Museum. What a treat, and well worth the travel to Albany, NY.

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