August 25th, 2006
On Friday, August 25, 2006, Emmy-Award-winning reporter Hillary Howard interviewed NWHM President Susan Jollie and NWHM Board Member and women’s historian Doris Weatherford on the Washington Post Radio for the anniversary of woman suffrage. August 26 is proclaimed “Equality Day” each year to mark the anniversary of the ratification in 1920 of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote.
Jollie and Weatherford responded to questions providing a brief history of the woman suffrage movement, starting in the mid-1800s. They told about the decades long struggle for women’s right to vote, the political tactics, and campaign to secure approval in three-quarters of the states, culminating in Tennessee where a young Representative heeded the advice of his mother and cast the deciding vote in favor of the Constitutional Amendment. Jollie was also able to discuss NWHM’s programs, including its mission and its work to procure a permanent museum site in Washington, D.C.
August 22nd, 2006
Celebrate Equality Day – August 26th!
August 26th is the anniversary of national woman suffrage. Across the seventy-two years between the first major women’s rights conference at Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848, and the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, thousands of people participated in marches through cities like New York and Washington DC, wrote editorials and pamphlets, gave speeches all over the nation, lobbied political organizations, and held demonstrations with the goal of achieving voting rights for women. Women also picketed the White House with questions like, “Mr. President, what are you going to do about woman’s suffrage?” “Mr. President, how long must women wait for liberty?” This was the first time in history that a group of people picketed the White House. Read the rest of this entry »
August 19th, 2006
For Equality Day, the NWHM proudly launches the cyber-exhibit Rights for Women: The Suffrage Movement and Its Leaders. This exhibit explores the history of the woman suffrage movement. “Rights for Women” chronicles the movements from its origins in 1848 when supporters held the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Fall, New York through the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. Read the rest of this entry »