Find the time to see the â€œSuffragetteâ€ film that has opened in the UK and the US. We have a parallel story of a suffrage martyr here thatâ€™s just beginning to emerge after almost a century of relative silence. During 2016, author Robert P.J. Cooney Jr. and I are co chairs of the national centennial campaign to honor Inez Milholland, Americaâ€™s suffrage martyr (1886-1916).
The Inez Milholland centennial observance is a program of the National Womenâ€™s History Project in Santa Rosa, California, the nonprofit organization that has been educating Americans about womenâ€™s history for the past 35 years.
THE FILM WILL HAVE PEOPLE ASKING QUESTIONS
The â€œSuffragetteâ€ film highlights Emily Davison, Englandâ€™s suffrage martyr, who died in 1913. Our US suffrage martyr, Inez Milholland, a New Yorker, is not as well known as Emily Davison. This is about to change. And your help is needed in spreading the word.
Milholland died in California in 1916 while on the lecture circuit speaking to the Western women about their special role in winning women's voting rights. Milholland is also known for leading suffrage parades in New York City and Washington, DC. The nation loved Inez. And now is the time to honor her.
2016 IS THE CENTENNIAL OBSERVANCE FOR INEZ MILHOLLAND.
The story of Inez Milholland is becoming more relevant as a major US presidential campaign approaches in 2016.
Americans are interested in establishing equality in their own lives. And over 100 years ago, men and women also experimented with equality in their personal relationships.
Americans are making the connection today between their family histories and the larger scope of American history. The result has been like a jolt of electricity redefining our cultural identity.
WE WANT OUR HISTORY TO BE ALIVE AND RELEVANT!
Dry accounts in history books arenâ€™t enough any more to capture the excitement and drama of the US suffrage movement. We want our history to be alive and relevant.
Join me in seeing the â€œSuffragetteâ€ film and spreading the word about the Inez Milholland centennial observance in 2016. Become a partner. Follow on Twitter and our campaign newsletter. Order and wear a "Honor Inez Milholland: Suffrage Martyr" button (see example above).