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  • Maine shows its Irish Spirit!
    This St. Patrick’s Day, The Maine Irish Heritage Center worked with cities, towns, and businesses across the state to honor Maine’s Irish heritage. Roughly 1 in 6 Mainers are of Irish descent, and the state still maintains its strong Irish heritage. As the Irish flag was flown and buildings were lit green, the Irish spirit was present across the state […]
  • #19SuffrageStories –Number 10- The Rocky Road to Ratification Part 2: A Letter from his Mama!
    August 18th, 1920, Tennessee state representatives and national leaders of both the suffrage and anti-suffrage movements crowded the Tennessee Capitol Building in Nashville for the state vote on ratification of the 19th amendment. Thirty five out of the thirty six states needed had ratified and eight states had voted against ratification. This left just five potential states that could ratify the amendment, […]
  • #19SuffrageStories –Number 9- The Rocky Road to Ratification Part 1: The Race to Ratify
    An amendment to the Constitution granting women the right to vote was first formally introduced to Congress in 1878. The amendment, introduced by Senator Aaron Sargent of California, stated “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” After the introduction of the amendment, often […]
  • #19SuffrageStories- Number 8 – Fighting at the State Level Part 2: Suffrage in the States
    We have talked about the well-known suffragists that traveled nationwide speaking for groups like the National American Womens Suffrage Association (NAWSA) and Alice Paul’s National Women’s Party but organizers at the local and state level fought just as hard to gain the right to vote. It was often a topic of disagreement within the movement over whether the focus should be on lobbying individual states […]
  • #19SuffrageStories- Number 7 – Fighting at the State Level Part 1: Margaret Foley
    We are going to talk about another Irish Suffragist who lived and fought for the right to vote at the state level just a little closer to home. This will be shorter than previous posts because not as much is known about the Suffragists who fought with state organizations that did not always have the same documentation as national organizations. […]
  • #19SuffrageStories -Number 6- Working Suffragists Part 2: Paving their Way in The Movement
    At this point, women like Leonora decided to create groups for themselves, and advocate for suffrage in a way that represented them and put their voice out there. These women felt that cooperative action that focused both on the treatment of workers and women’s suffrage was the best way to cause lasting change. They saw the intersection of the two movements far […]
  • #19SuffrageStories -Number 5- Working Suffragists Part 1: Excluded from the Movement
    Yesterday we learned about suffragist and working women’s advocate Leonora O’Reilly, who serves as a great case study in understanding the experiences of working-class women in the suffragist movement, many of whom were Irish. The Suffrage movement existed alongside a multitude of movements during a time of immense social change in the United States, including labor movements and civil rights […]
  • #19SuffrageStories -Number 4- Leonora O’Reilly
    Leonora O’Reilly was born in 1870 New York City to Irish immigrants that had come to America to escape An Gorta Mor, or the Great Hunger. Leonora’s class makes her stand out from the other Irish American Suffragists that we have talked about so far. Born into poverty to working class parents, her father died when she was only one year old. At the age of eleven, Leonora was […]
  • #19SuffrageStories – Number 3 – Vida Milholland
    We could not talk about Inez Milholland without also talking about her sister, career singer Vida Milholland. If you missed yesterday’s post about suffragist Inez Milholland, you are going to want to check it out as it provides some nice context to Vida’s childhood and motivations in joining the suffrage movement. To sum it up, both girls grew up in an activist household with parents who were […]
  • #19SuffrageStories – Number 2 – Inez Milholland Boissevain
    Today we would be remiss if we did not talk about Suffragist Inez Milholland Boissevain as she was born in New York on this day, August 6th, in 1886. Her parents, John and Jean Milholland, were dedicated activists who fought for a variety of the social causes taking place during the early 1900’s including civil rights and workers’ rights. John Milholland was born to Irish immigrants in New York but would be raised […]