The New York State suffrage centennial is on the horizon. For so long it seemed as if 2017 was far off in the future. No longer. Plan to see the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon at the New York State Museum during 2017. Details when they become available. The above video features the horse-drawn wagons used in the women’s suffrage movement gives a context to the journeys of the “Spirit of 1776” wagon’s 1913 journey from Manhattan to New York City for the purpose of grassroots activism. Wagons and automobiles decorated and used as open-air platforms were a novel form of street theatre. The video also shows other wagons used in the movement!
IN OTHER NEWS: The New York State suffrage centennial in 2017 made the news relative to how the state’s women and political leaders responded to inappropriate and sexist remarks by Republican Party candidate Donald Trump. New York Senator Betty Little (R) released a statement to NEWS10 expressing her disappointment and avoided comment regarding whether or not she would support him. She released the following statement to News10: “As a member of the Senate Republican conference, I have been very proud of our work to advance issues important to women. I was honored to sponsor the law creating the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission to celebrate women gaining the right to vote in New York State in 1917. Certainly I am very disappointed in Trump’s statements on that tape. These are his words, his actions and his responsibility to address them. It is up to voters to make their own conclusions and decisions.”
This video, above, is a quick reminder of what the women’s suffrage movement was all about.
Marguerite Kearns is host at the Suffrage Wagon Cafe. Follow SuffrageCentennials.com for news and views about upcoming suffrage centennials.
“Choose it and Use it” is a video reminding us of how the past is linked to what we do today and its impact on the future.