Music. You gotta have music on August 26th, even if it’s from your own boom box. For starters, performer Gerri Gribi has a free download of “Oh, Dear, What can the matter be?” which is direct from the suffrage movement. And playing “Fall in Line,” a suffrage march, will give your High Tea an air of authenticity. Formal invitations aren’t necessary. Surprise your guests by phoning them personally.
The program (below) is also from the February 1915 tea at the Hotel Biltmore honoring Susan B. Anthony and Dr. Anna Howard Shaw. It’s an example of the effort poured into movement tea parties and receptions. Check out the video about Rep. Bella Abzug who sponsored federal legislation for the creation of Women’s Equality Day in 1971. The August 26th observance acknowledges the Votes for Women victory in 1920 and makes a bridge between the past and the present.
We’re doing our young people a disservice by not including this in our school programs. What’s the problem?
Why isn’t this taught in school? It seems like a dad shouldn’t have to teach his young daughter about this part of history when I don’t even know it myself.