A Toast of Thanksgiving to US suffrage activists!


by Franco Salzillo

The American social reformer and activist Susan B. Anthony once said, “There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers.” We’ve made some progress when it comes to equality, but not without a struggle.

Because there’s still a long road ahead, everyone must come together every day to fight for what’s right. Here’s a gorgeous drink recipe to toast to to those who came before us, because I can’t think of a better reason to raise our glasses.

Toast with a lovely Berry Baby Bellini, a berry-scented and fizzy alcohol-free cocktail. This is a colorful drink that’s both fun and memorable, the perfect concoction for our very special toast.

Berry Baby Bellini Recipe Serves 5, time 5 minutes


  • 1 cup assorted berries: blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, or similar
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 bottle of sparkling apple cider, alcohol-free
  • 5 flute stemmed glasses or tall glasses


  1. Add half the berries and sugar into a small bowl or container. Combine with a spoon and muddle until you get a smooth puree.
  2. Add two teaspoons of berry puree to each glass and fill halfway with sparkling apple cider. Stir gently.
  3. Add a few whole berries to each glass, top with cider, and serve.

About the author

Franco Salzillo is a food and wine writer, and a certified sommelier with ten years of experience in the hospitality industry. He’s at his best when recommending toasts to our US suffrage activists!

We had to share this information with you!

We’re celebrating Inez Milholland, the US suffrage martyr, who knew and worked with Edna Buckman Kearns in New York State suffrage organizing. There’s a chapter about Inez in the upcoming book, An Unfinished Revolution:Edna Buckman Kearns and the Struggle for Women’s Rights by Marguerite Kearns.

Writer Doris Stevens knew our national suffrage martyr Inez Milholland, and she wrote about her in her classic 1920 book, Jailed for Freedom.

RIGHT HERE: Link to the Soundcloud recording.

LetsRockTheCradle.com has sponsored a reading from Stevens’ book, and now we’re passing on the news. It’s a classic, and one available to you FREE.

For more information about Inez Milholland: InezMilhollandCentennial.com

Suffrage Wagon News Channel, our sister site, has been online since 2009. Edna Buckman Kearns knew Inez Milholland and worked with her in NYS. There is a story about Inez in the upcoming memoir and family history by Marguerite Kearns that is expected to be published in 2021 by SUNY Press in Albany, NY. Stay tuned!

Were there other US suffrage martyrs?

Step forward to volunteer and help dig into history to find examples of US women who gave their lives for our right to vote. We know they are out there, but the circumstances didn’t necessarily identify them so clearly as in the case of Inez Milholland. Contact Marguerite Kearns at this web site to help. See contact information.


Inez Milholland, our US suffrage martyr, isn’t being forgotten during 2020. She is found in the news media. A mountain is now named after her (Mt. Inez) in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. Artists love Inez. The image of her riding a horse to lead the 1913 women’s suffrage parade is found among the illustrations of numerous books and magazine articles.

Consult the web sites, among many, that cover Inez: InezMilhollandCentennial.com  InezMilholland.org