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You don’t have to be a girl to love the suffrage movement.

April 10, 2012

I was just sent this press release. A horse-drawn suffrage campaign wagon is on exhibit in Albany, New York through May 2012. I wish I could go to Albany. I am ready to take action. Don’t worry. I know that women have the vote. I meant action against those who are working to erode a woman’s right to choose and a woman’s right to regulate her own fertility. We are watching a systematic attack on woman’s rights that reminds me of Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale. It seems uncanny to me that I am writing a book about Mary Wollstonecraft. For once in my writing life, I cannot wait to speak about my topic. In the past, I would have been happy to turn the book in and get going on the next book. But now, I want to tell the world about the history — the birth (so to speak) of the modern woman’s movement.

This is the press release, but you can go to the suffragewagon site as well.
April 7, 2012

Suffrage campaign wagon on display in NYS is symbol of sophisticated grassroots organizing

A horse-drawn suffrage campaign wagon used by suffragist Edna Buckman Kearns to organize for Votes for Women is on exhibit at the state capitol in Albany, New York through May 2012. This important artifact of the suffrage movement is representative of the tens of thousands of women nationwide who participated in the 72-year movement to win votes for women.

The exhibit is sponsored by NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo at the state capitol to recognize women’s accomplishments and as a way to make history more real for his three daughters.

The story of the Edna Kearns suffrage campaign wagon is detailed in a blog and web site called Suffrage Wagon News Channel (, which for the past two years has been publishing news and stories of the Votes for Women movement. Suffrage Wagon News Channel is published by Marguerite Kearns, the granddaughter of Edna Buckman Kearns, and it features the writings and organizing of Edna Kearns who worked on Long Island and New York City as an writer and editor of suffrage news as well as an on-the-ground organizer for the state and national campaigns.

“All types of people are amazed when they hear stories of the suffrage movement,” says Marguerite Kearns, who said she grew up listening to family stories about Grandmother Edna, but she didn’t learn about the suffrage movement in school.

“My grandmother died in 1934, so what I know is from the papers my grandmother saved. As I read my grandmother’s writings and news clippings, I am touched by the dedication and persistence of her generation. We stand on strong shoulders, and this type of strength is something we don’t have to reinvent. It’s part of a collective memory that comes alive when stories of the movement are shared.”

Suffrage centennials have been celebrated in the western states where women first won the right to vote. Oregon, for example, has numerous events scheduled for its centennial in 2012. And New York State is putting preliminary plans in place to celebrate its centennial in 2017. The national centennial for Votes for Women is set for 2020 in the United States.


For more information about the exhibit:
Suffrage Wagon News Channel:
Marguerite Kearns: 845-208-0157, 888-303-7471


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