When folks hear about Inez Milholland, they ask, “Why is it that we’ve never heard of her before?” Well, women’s history has been and in many instances, is still in the basement of our national awareness. It hasn’t been considered significant until someone got the idea that prior activists offered their shoulders on which we stand today.
Inez Milholland got thrown out with the baby and the bathwater after the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920. This is changing, in part because of the efforts of many and the changing times.
More women and men of all types and ages have been hearing about Inez Milholland, especially as the word has spread over the past few years. “Oh, there is a connection between the past, present, and future,” we hear often. The ranks of suffrage nuts are increasing as well.
One reason is that 2020 is approaching, and Massachusetts, like many states are anxious to trot out their history. They’ve been discovering there are gems in the past, remarkable as well as inspiring.
The year 2020 is when American women will have been voting for 100 years. Amazing. We think so too.
It’s about time Inez Milholland gets the attention she deserves. Get with the program and follow SuffrageCentennials.com
And spread the word about Inez and states like Massachusetts. They’re planning early there. And that’s not all. The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial is gearing up to open a suffragist memorial in Lorton, Virginia during 2020. Plan on contributing.
Take a look at the back postings about Inez Milholland, our U.S. suffrage martyr. We launched this centennial blog during 2016. That’s when we observed the 100 years since her death. See InezMilhollandCentennial.com
The National Women’s History Project observance of the 100 years since Milholland’s death resulted in thousands of Americans hearing about her for the first time. Also—there’s a 15-minute excellent film available from InezMilholland.org from filmmaker Martha Wheelock. It’s an excellent choice for personal, as well as school and organizational use. Marguerite Kearns and Robert P.J. Cooney Jr. coordinated the 2016 observance of Milholland’s death.
Inez has been nominated for the National Women’s Hall of Fame for 2019. We have our fingers crossed for the announcement in 2019. We were surprised that Inez was not yet a national fixture and vowed to change this.
Follow the centennial Inez blog. Find out the larger context at SuffrageCentennials.com
These two videos about Inez Milholland are classics. The trailer for the 2016 15-minute film is excellent. Inez is included in the HBO film version of “Iron Jawed Angels,” but for the record she didn’t wear wings even if the Hollywood effect is dramatic.
This isn’t the first book about the 1913 women’s suffrage parade and it may not be the last. Whenever such a work hits print, Inez Milholland gets more attention. Published in 2017, written by Rebecca Bloggs Roberts and published by American Heritage, this work adds to the weight of material informing and inspiring the 2020 suffrage centennial when American women will have been voting for 100 years.
August 26th is Women’s Equality Day. Of all other days in the year, honor Inez Milholland on this day even if it is to register to vote or go out to lunch with friends and family members with Inez in mind.
Women’s Equality Day commemorates the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. By honoring this day, you are participating in a very important act of remembering generations of women before us who sacrificed with their activism for us.
Check the centennial web site for Inez that was established in 2016 when the National Women’s History Project set aside an entire year to honor the 100 years that had passed since the death of Inez. Marguerite Kearns and Robert P.J. Cooney coordinated the year-long observance. Martha Wheelock produced a 15-minute film that has been used in classrooms across the nation.
Honor Inez. She deserves a tribute.
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If you did, you’d be filing a wide range of articles and periodical specials about Inez Milholland, our nation’s suffrage martyr. Published pieces about Inez have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Time Magazine,San Francisco Weekly, History Magazine, Hudson Valley Magazine. Woodstock Times, National Women’s History Project’s Gazette, Press Republic, Hampton News, the Vassar College web site, and many many other publications. Her personal papers from 1906 to 1916 are at Harvard University.
Museum and exhibits with historical content recognizing Inez Milholland’s influence include the New York State Museum (2017-2018), Adirondack History Museum (2017), Museum of the City of New York (2017-2018), and the New York Historical Society (2017-2018), plus exhibits at the National Woman’s party at the Belmont Paul Equal Rights National Monument in Washington, DC and at various libraries and historical societies, particularly in New York State during its 2017 suffrage centennial observances.
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Inez Milholland is featured at one of the newer National Park Service sites related to women’s history at the Belmont-Paul Women’s Monument in Washington, DC. The addition of Harriet Tubman to the NPS sites are also significant. Convention Days in Seneca Falls, NY are scheduled each July. Put it on your to-do list.