Just posted at suffrageandthemedia.org: Early in 1915, the New York State Legislature voted at last to support putting forward to the electorate a referendum on a change in the state constitution that would give women the vote. That Valentine’s Day, the New York Times, no fan of the idea, devoted six full pages of its Sunday, Feb. 14 edition to responses—in letters to the editor format—from major figures on both sides of the question. Note financier and “suffragent” George Foster Peabody, president of the Men’s League for Woman Suffrage, featured on the section’s front page. Despite the inventive, passionate campaign the suffragists mounted, the referendum failed that round. It passed two years later, on Nov. 6, 1917, when it again came before the state’s (male) voters. That’s the 100th Anniversary of Woman Suffrage in New York State being celebrated this year.
NHD contestants: Please read this.
Upcoming events: March 4: Westchester County League of Women Voters. March 10: Keynote, Joint Journalism & Communications Historians Conference, New York City. April 15: Nassau County and Farmingdale-Bethpage historical societies at the Farmingdale Public Library.
The Suffragents in the news: Reviews of the book . . . Notices and articles about the Suffragents . . . Brooke’s articles in various publications . . . Brooke’s “Summer Camp Newsletters,” the logs posted real-time over more than three months of Suffragents launch events . . . and the Suffragents on Facebook.