What does a cafe and cooking school have to do with women’s voting rights or suffrage?

During my long hard years blogging about the early women’s rights movement, I founded the Suffrage Wagon Cooking School and the Suffrage Wagon Cafe. Now these stories are in a book, An Unfinished Revolution: Edna Buckman Kearns and the Struggle for Women’s Rights. And the cooking school and cafe live on.

Many of the dishes prepared at Suffrage Wagon Cooking School are served at Suffrage Wagon Cafe!

So do you think it was easy for me to blog for ten years about my grandmother Edna’s suffrage campaign wagon? I went through changes when I realized it would take a long time to convince Americans about the importance of the early women’s rights movement. In many aspects, it was a ragtag group of dissidents and eccentrics early on when the idea of women actually voting took hold.

What were my choices? Give up? I was too tough for that. Translate this to…I started a cooking school. Suffrage Wagon Cooking School. And this wasn’t out of character for the campaigns of the early 20th century. The activists used cook books as a vehicle for their organizing.

Here’s a video about Suffrage Wagon Cooking School made in 2020. Take a look at the cafe and cooking school’s offerings over the years at Suffrage Wagon News Channel (SuffrageWagon.org).

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