Inez Milholland focus at special program in upstate New York

Upstate New York, where Inez Milholland lived and was buried, is the central point in the continuing effort to honor the U.S. suffrage martyr. A special program and showing of the film, “Forward into Light,” was held on March 31, 2017 at the Whallonsburg Grange near Lewis, New York.

The program included a viewing of Martha Wheelock’s 15-minute documentary “Forward into Light,” followed by a discussion led by author/historian Sandra Weber. As the herald on a white horse in the 1913 suffrage parade in Washington, Inez Milholland symbolized the strength, power, and courage of women. Three years later, she died while campaigning for votes for women and became the martyr and inspiration for U.S. suffragists. For information about upcoming programs and events, contact

In the second half of the program, local women and men presented short vignettes about several New York women who persisted despite the odds against them. Audience members were encouraged to add their favorite women. They joined in singing tributes to them.

For more information about the Inez Milholland initiative from now through 2020, the national suffrage centennial, follow The national centennial observance of Milholland’s death during 2016 was a special project of the National Women’s History Project with Marguerite Kearns and Bob Cooney as co-chairs.

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