I spoke about Women's History on April 29 at a lovely luncheon at the Tye Preston Memorial Library in Canyon Lake, Texas. The library was launching a wonderful exhibit on the History of Woman Suffrage in Texas.
As head of the PTA at a Brooklyn public school, having listened to my tales of female derring-do in the suffrage movement while treating my dastardly plantar fasciitis, Dr. Stephanie decided that children ought to know what it took to win the right to vote. She set it up.
The anniversary of the New York victory for woman suffrage (1917-2017) in the not too distant future is prompting proud talk of our state as "the cradle of women's rights," which is true enough but only half the story.
Early New Jersey laws defined voters as "inhabitants," so women were eligible to vote from the first American elections on. Unfortunately, their rights were taken away all too soon, all because of a very heated local election.
The original intent of Labor Day was to honor workers, and particularly members of trade and labor organizations. In that spirit, I would like to take a moment to honor some of these people who helped make America great.
The problem with articles about women's suffrage is that "were given" is dead-on inaccurate; even the wording, "got the vote" does not begin to explain the battle that women suffragists waged in order for women to vote.