Marguerite Kearns February 21, 2011

Listen to the band play “Fall in Line” (Suffrage March) composed by Zena S. Hawn. This tune was at the top of the program at a special tea held on February 9, 1915 to celebrate the birthdays of Susan B. Anthony and Dr. Anna Howard Shaw. My grandmother was one of about 30 women on […]

Marguerite Kearns February 18, 2011

The documentary  “Not For Ourselves Alone” is worth repeated viewings. It can be ordered online or through instant play on Netflix. Noted doc filmmaker Ken Burns: ”I don’t think I could call myself a documentary film maker interested in surveying the terrain of my country’s history, as I have been doing for the past 25 […]

Marguerite Kearns February 15, 2011

We had a great time on Saturday, February 12th celebrating Susan B. Anthony’s birthday in Santa Fe. Tea and sweets. Live music. A dramatic presentation and commentary. Here’s the program! The edited script from the public record of Susan’s arrest for voting in 1872 was a hit. Susan’s feisty spirit amazed the group of about […]

Marguerite Kearns February 8, 2011

The advocates of Votes for Women were criticized, called all sorts of names, attacked by onlookers when they marched in parades. They persisted, even when some of their friends suggested that picketing the White House and Congress might be ill advised. Although my grandmother Edna didn’t go to jail (she would have, if not for […]

Marguerite Kearns January 29, 2011

It was a cold night in front of the Metropolitan Opera House when suffrage leader Alice Paul, my grandmother Edna and other women demonstrated when U.S. president Woodrow Wilson was in New York City. The police rushed the demonstrators, pushed them around and broke their banners. This article — “Suffragists and Police in Fierce Fight” […]

Marguerite Kearns January 22, 2011

Sometimes it appears as if no one is listening. Not so. There’s a page on this blog devoted to feedback: What people are saying! Take a look. In the past, not all feedback about suffrage was negative. Many prominent people put themselves on the line, including Walter Clark, chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme […]

Marguerite Kearns January 20, 2011

Speaking from soap boxes in the street wasn’t an activity without its risks, as is noted by this June 30, 1914 New York Times article about an associate of my grandmother, Martha Klatschken, who had cold water dumped on her head when she was out advocating for Votes for Women at Twelfth Street and Avenue […]

Marguerite Kearns January 17, 2011

I’m planning a Susan B. Anthony birthday celebration next month. More about this soon! And there’s news from Velya Jancz-Urban who always wanted a “Votes for Women” tea pot to go with her china set that has been stored away. Here’s what she said about it. Now the entire set will be coming out of storage just […]

Marguerite Kearns January 10, 2011

From Doris Stevens’ book “Jailed for Freedom”— about suffrage leader Alice Paul: “Most people conjure up a menacing picture when a person is called not only a general, but a militant one. In appearance Alice Paul is anything but menacing.” Stevens continues: “Quiet, almost mouselike, this frail young Quakeress sits in silence and baffles you with her contradictions. Large, soft, gray […]