"Let's Rock the Cradle" Tour & Road Trip, Fall 2013

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Dear Friends,

Come along with Olivia Twine and me on a free tour of the “cradle” of the women’s rights movement in the US. You hop on the blogging bus and take off. It’s as simple as that. We're heading out on September 24, 2013 and would love to have you come along!

We'll be going to Seneca Falls, New York --as well as Rochester, Fayetteville, Auburn, Johnstown and other stops in between. New York is the “cradle” of the women’s rights movement in the US. It's an increasingly popular destination, and we're on the cutting edge.

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The idea of a blogging tour started with the suffrage campaign wagon called the “Spirit of 1776” that had its moment of glory on July 1, 2013. That’s when the State of New York set aside the day as the “Spirit of 1776” Wagon Day to commemorate the centennial of the wagon’s first journey in 1913 from Manhattan to Long Island to campaign for the right to vote. Suffrage activist Edna Kearns was in that wagon, along with little Serena Kearns and Irene Davison.
The 2013 resolution in the NYS Legislature honoring the suffrage wagon involved the combined efforts of the two heads of the state legislature’s tourism committee (both women), the state legislative women’s caucus, volunteers, and Votes for Women 2020.
Over the past three years I've been working hard to bring the suffrage movement out of the shadows. Many people still don’t know much about the suffrage or Votes for Women movement. People’s eyes glaze over often when they hear the word “suffrage.” They ask me: “Can’t you choose some other word than suffrage? It sounds painful.”
"Onward"! I remind myself.  Over the next few years considerably more people will understand the meaning of “suffrage.” They’ll realize how this first wave of feminism took 72 years (1848-1920) and involved tens of thousands of women and their allies on the grassroots working together to expand equality, including the right to vote. The second and third waves of feminism built on this 72-year struggle. It was an amazing coalition.
Many of you have heard of Susan B. Anthony, Matilda Joslyn Gage, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Alice Paul, Harriot Stanton Blatch, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass and others. The movement ultimately involved tens of thousands of activists working on the grassroots. And yet there remains an impression that women’s right to vote resulted from a handful of suffrage leaders making deals with high government officials in cigar-filled back rooms.
No one suffrage leader did anything without grassroots support. That’s why we’re adding more names to those who will be joining with us to rock the cradle. Subscribe. It means you’ll be able to celebrate past accomplishments and victories and build a bridge between the past, present, and future. 
The national park at Seneca Falls will be one of our stops, plus other highlights including the Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester, the Harriet Tubman home in Auburn, the home and center of Matilda Joslyn Gage in Fayetteville, the hometown of Elizabeth Cady Stanton in Johnstown, plus much more.
It’s not necessary to leave home to join us on the tour. Forget about parking, hotel overnights, meals. This road trip is intended to build interest in and momentum for the upcoming centennial of women voting in New York State in 2017 and the national centennial suffrage observance in 2020.
We have an opportunity to create a splash with our fabulous history in the years leading up to 2020 (the national suffrage centennial). It requires building interest in the opportunities these suffrage centennials provide. Join us and expand the circle.
Sign up for the Cradle Road Trip by visiting Let’s Rock the Cradle, a project of Suffrage Wagon News Channel, the web site and blog that tells the story of the suffrage campaign wagon used by grassroots activists in New York City and on Long Island.
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Love, Marguerite Kearns

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