Let’s Rock the Cradle: Planning for 2020 Suffrage Centennials: The Suffragents

Planning for 2020 suffrage centennial is on a roll…suffragents a hot topic!

Some new information about the first wave of the women’s rights movement in the United States doesn’t appear to be earth shattering at first glance. That’s why cradle rockers, writers and bloggers are following LetsRockTheCradle.com. The key to an application today is buried in the text but it’s there nonetheless.Work by researchers such as Brooke Kroeger in The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote(2017) trace the history of men’s involvement in the women’s rights movement. This has been buried for decades, according to the author. The men’s allies joined and participated on the request of women and worked closely with them for years. They didn’t take over the movement, but rather worked in support of it. In the beginning, the men allies had social and political clout. Over time this support became broader and extremely helpful, especially behind the scenes.

 

Brooke Kroeger notes in her study of the men allies or suffragents that such public support by men of women’s concerns and issues is unprecedented in US history, then as well as now. This is something to consider today as the women’s movement is encountering road blocks in its struggle to put equal rights as a guarantee in the US Constitution. Where are the men supporters? A quick study of the men’s movements today shows both opposition and support. Those covering or writing about 2020, the 100th anniversary of the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, will find numerous occasions to raise this issue.

LetsRockTheCradle.com is a public service in preparation for 2020 when women presidential candidates, men’s support, and the centennial of women voting and other issues to the center stage.

 

For National History Day contestantsUpcoming — January 30:  Iona College. February 4: Sagamore Hill. March 27: Ephemera Society of America. March 30: TBA April 4: Avon-on-Sea Public Library, Avon CT June 4-6: “Métiers et professions des médias (XVIIIe-XXIe siècles),”  Université de Lausanne. Link to past appearances.

Coming March 2020: Front Pages, Front Lines: Media and the Fight for Women’s Suffrage, Linda Steiner, Carolyn Kitch, Brooke Kroeger, eds.