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.
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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 Library. March 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: “From Emma Goldman to the Marketplace of Ideas: Marking the 100th Anniversary of Free Speech at the Supreme Court,.” AEJMC, Toronto.