Great gift idea from artist Meneese Wall…

Meneese Wall, a graphic artist and designer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, has created a series of signed art prints and notecards to commemorate and celebrate the upcoming 2020 centennial of the 19th Amendment’s passage. Her prints and cards are a terrific gift idea, especially since she has a gift card to commemorate Inez Milholland.
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Inspired by historical events, people, quotes and memorabilia from the suffrage movement, Meneese’s graphic illustrations are paired with text that give historical context to her work. To find out more about Meneese and her work, visit her website. You can email her at meneese@meneesewall.com.

Meneese Wall is an example of someone who started out knowing relatively little about the first wave of the women’s rights movement. She started researching and then translated her insights and awareness into art. Her work has been featured in various venues. Meneese loves the spirit of the suffrage campaigning and this shows in her work!

Great gift ideas!

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Another quote from Molly Murphy MacGregor…

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Molly Murphy MacGregor is executive director and co-founder of the National Women’s History Project.

“Inez Milholland is a woman we wish we had today—a firebrand, leader, a champion who knew that the future of women depends on the actions of women. As an exceptional American activist, she did all she could to encourage this collective action. Hers is leadership we remember and cherish.”

Inez Milholland: A great book gift idea!

You’ll be doing your part by getting prepared for the 2020 centennial observance of Milholland’s death by purchasing Remembering Inez: The Last Campaign of Inez Milholland, Suffrage Martyr by Robert P.J. Cooney, Jr.

Remembering Inez is an enormous step in the right direction in terms of presenting images associated with Milholland’s life and times that haven’t been in general circulation before this. With this work, we’re being treated to the little-known perspectives of those who worked with and loved this extraordinary activist in this offering by American Graphic Press. That makes it a candidate for a special gift this holiday season.

A great deal was written about Inez Milholland in the newspapers of her time. The appeal of Milholland’s attraction (mind and body) is complex and many insights can be gained by reading the excellent biography of Milholland by Linda J. Lumsden. In fact, these two books together will bring a broad smile to the face of the suff buffs in your family and circle of friends. The Cooney book highlights impressive photography of the period and what Milholland’s contemporaries had to say about her. And we’re treated to some of Milholland’s own words about the movement and what the activists were up against in their uphill campaign to win the franchise.

Robert P.J. Cooney, Jr.  is the author of Winning the Vote: The Triumph of the American Woman Suffrage Movement, a classic work that details the many campaigns involved with winning votes for women before 1920. Winning the Vote was produced in conjunction with the National Women’s History Project. It’s a basic reference book worth owning, loaded with images that will keep you fascinated from page one to the end, and it’s a hefty tome indeed that anyone interested in the suffrage movement shouldn’t be without. If you order through the National Women’s History Project, you’ll be supporting a terrific organization. Cooney started the Woman Suffrage Media Project in 1993 and he created and co-edited The Power of the People: Active Nonviolence in the United States.

Remembering Inez is an essential and important work to add to any suffrage movement library. Order the book now at the specially dedicated web site: RememberingInez.com And follow SuffrageCentennials.com with email and Twitter for news and views about upcoming suffrage centennial celebrations.

Do you need an absentee ballot for voting?

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Ask yourself the relevant questions. Are you registered to vote? When does early voting start? Be prepared for voting in 2020 when U.S. women will have been voting for 100 years? Have you done everything possible to make sure the election process is fair?Follow this link either for yourself or a friend or relative.

Celebrate women’s freedom to vote. Remember and honor those who gave their time and dedication going back to the founding of this nation? Is it okay with you that U.S. women still don’t have equal rights written into the U.S. Constitution? Is it okay that a woman still hasn’t been able to serve in the Oval Office?

What will happen on or before 2020? We’re asking these hard questions as 2020 approaches. Follow SuffrageCentennials.com

About Inez

cropped-inezslider1.jpgINEZ MILHOLLAND BOISSEVAIN
Attorney and American Suffrage MartyrAugust 6, 1886 – November 25, 1916During her brief life, New York attorney Inez Milholland Boissevain became one of the most widely recognized advocates of Votes for Women in the United States. Today, as the nation approaches the centennial of American women voting in 2020, Inez symbolizes the perseverance and sacrifices that were required to win equality for women as full American citizens.  With courage, conviction, and dedication, this fallen young leader exemplified public service to the nation and an unwavering dedication to basic civil rights as the cornerstone of democracy.

At a time when women had virtually no political power and no representation in government, Inez Milholland championed their civil rights, particularly the right to vote, and made substantial contributions to winning the political liberty women enjoy today.  She firmly believed that winning enfranchisement would offer women a voice and a place in government, thus strengthening the nation as a whole.

Born in Brooklyn and raised in New York and London, Inez became an advocate for the rights of women while a student.  When the president of Vassar College banned her woman suffrage meeting on campus, Inez led the assembled students and guests to a meeting in the cemetery across the road.

Between 1910 and 1916, she became a central figure involved in planning, speaking, and raising funds for the drive for Votes for Women in New York State.  She chaired meetings, answered opponents’ arguments, lobbied state legislators, and led suffrage parades up Fifth Avenue.  Robed as the “free woman of the future,” she became nationally known for her role as a mounted herald leading the great March 3, 1913 suffrage procession in Washington, D.C. that involved thousands of supporters and political figures.  Four months later, she married Dutch businessman Eugen Boissevain.

Attracted to law school by a desire to protect women and children, Inez faced rejection by Oxford, Columbia, and Harvard because she was a woman.  New York University finally accepted her.  Even before earning a law degree in 1912, she advised and supported working women and shirtwaist strikers who had no direct political representation or money for lawyers.  She believed that “the way to right the wrongs of civilization and to strike a blow at poverty was by means of concerted and intelligent political action and the making of sound laws.”

One of few women attorneys in New York, Inez specialized in criminal and divorce cases but faced prejudice and other obstacles to securing paying clients.  She vigorously participated in a grand jury investigation into conditions at Sing Sing Prison and once raced to win a last minute reprieve for a laborer sentenced to die.  Having seen the brutal conditions in prison, she spoke out for reform, opposed capital punishment, and assisted individual inmates with filing appeals and finding jobs.

Like her father, John Milholland, the first treasurer of the interracial NAACP, Inez opposed racial discrimination, supported the rights of workers, and advocated a wide range of reforms including international peace.  At the beginning of World War I, she joined Henry Ford’s “Peace Ship,” which unsuccessfully tried to steer the European warring parties into mediation.

Woman suffrage, however, is the cause to which she is most closely linked, and the cause to which she gave her final effort.  Expanding on her years of experience as a leader in New York City, Inez became a “Flying Envoy” for the National Woman’s Party on an October 1916 election year speaking tour of the west.  In city after city in seven western states, she spoke with passion and conviction to women who were new voters: “Now, for the first time in our history, women have the power to enforce their demands and the weapon with which to fight for woman’s liberation.”  Barnstorming for the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, she declared, “Liberty must be fought for.  And, women of the nation, this is the time to fight.”

When her health failed during the strenuous tour, Inez put off medical treatment rather than quit.  In late October, exhausted and overcome by pain, the young suffragist collapsed while demanding liberty on a stage in Los Angeles.  A month later, despite repeated blood transfusions, she died of pernicious anemia, having just turned 30.  Fellow suffragists recognized that her leadership, love of democracy, and devotion to women made her a martyr to the cause.

Inez was buried in Essex County, New York, and on Christmas Day 1916 the Woman’s Party held an unprecedented memorial for her under the rotunda in Statuary Hall in the national Capitol.  She became the first woman to be so honored.  A week later, aroused by her sacrifice, suffragists began to picket the White House demanding that President Woodrow Wilson support for the suffrage amendment.  Throughout the year, their banners carried her final plea: “Mr. President, How Long Must Women Wait for Liberty?”  Inez inspired thousands of suffragists through the final, climactic years of the movement and her memory lived on in the ensuing years.

Inez Milholland Boissevain spent her life seeking justice, equality, and civil rights for American women.  Because of her work, and the persistence of tens of thousands of American suffragists from 1848 to 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution ensures women’s voting rights now and for future generations.
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This is what Molly Murphy MacGregor says about Inez Milholland…

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Molly Murphy MacGregor is executive director and co-founder of the National Women’s History Project.

“After years of active suffrage work in New York, Alice Paul chose Inez Milholland in 1916 to represent the women of the East, who could not vote… Inez’s passionate ‘Appeal to Women Voters of the West,’ in which she called for united action by women to pass the 19th Amendment, still echoes in the history of oratory today.”

Information about 2020 suffrage centennial!

The 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative (WVCI) website, www.2020centennial.org, serves as a central organizing and information-sharing entity for programs, projects, and activities that commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and stimulate dialogue to address the ongoing fight for women’s rights.

2020centennialThe purpose of the 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative is to ensure that the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment is acknowledged throughout the United States in ways that: 1) include the influence and stories of the various components of the suffrage movement in ways that reflect the accuracy of the historical record; 2) recognize the legal and social advances resulting from the 19th Amendment; 3) acknowledge the inadequacies of the Amendment’s implementation; 4) describe its continuing relevance to the ongoing struggle for equal rights; 5) encourage involvement in large and small activities at all levels by diverse public, nonprofit, and private organizations and individuals.

For more information and resources about the 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative visit www.2020centennial.org.