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.


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The Suffragents won the Gold Medal in US History in the 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards and was a finalist for the 2018 Sally and Morris Lasky Prize, presented by the Center for Political History.  See Summer Camp Newsletters” and Facebook posts from book-related appearances. Reviews, notices, and articles about my books are under their titles here. My articles are here.

Upcoming 2019: October 17: Suffragents Panel, National Archives, Washington DC.

Upcoming 2020: January 30: Learning in Retirement Program at Iona College. March 27 Ephemera Society of America, 40th annual conference, Old Greenwich CT. June 4-6Métiers et professions des médias (XVIIIe-XXIe siècles),”  Université de Lausanne (Switzerland).

Past 2019: September 23: January 29: Exhibition Opening Remarks: “Women Get the Vote: A Historic Look at the Nineteenth Amendment,“New York Society Library. February 23: Public Values in Conflict with Animal Agribusiness Practices,” UCLA Law School, Los Angeles.  March 13: The Suffragents,” Scarsdale Woman’s Club, Scarsdale NY. March 24: League of Women Voters, Albany County at the Bethlehem (NY) Public LibraryMarch 25:Judges, Lawyers, and Women’s Suffrage: Recognizing the Men Who Stood with Women on the Front Lines,” Gender Fairness Committee of the Third Judicial District, CLE, NY State Courts at SUNY Albany Law School, Albany NY. May 15: “The Republican Suffragents,” National Women’s Republican Club, New York City. August 7:  Panel, “From Emma Goldman to the Marketplace of Ideas: Marking the 100th Anniversary of Free Speech at the Supreme Court.” (page 40) AEJMC, Toronto. August 14: Webinar, National Park Service. September 23: Bentson Dean’s Lecture, College of Arts and Science, New York University.