Director's Letter: July 2007
In packing up and preparing for this move, we journeyed through the amazing history of the remarkable women's history movement.
Our long anticipated move is now complete. Our new office is much nicer and more comfortable than our previous one. It is also a smaller space, which is more efficient and economical. We hope we'll be able to hold an Open House by the end of the month.
What did we find? Read more...
Celebrating the 159th Anniversary of the Birth of the Women's Right Movement
Advertised in the July 14, 1848 Seneca County Courier as "a convention to discuss the social, civil and religious condition and rights of woman," the gathering at Seneca Falls was the nation's first women's rights convention and the beginning of the woman suffrage movement Lucrecia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Martha Wright (Mott's sister) and Mary Ann McClintock organized the event in a matter of days after an impromptu discussion over tea about women's rights, or lack thereof.
Approximately 300 women and men attended the convention in Seneca Falls, NY, where Elizabeth Cady Stanton introduced a Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions. Modeled after the Declaration of Independence, the document listed eighteen resolutions regarding women's rights. All resolutions were read and voted on. Only one resolution, calling for woman's enfranchisement, did not pass, as many, including Lucrecia Mott, still considered a woman's right to vote inconceivable.
With the help of Frederick Douglass, a minimum majority was persuaded to pass the resolution. The convention and the adoption of the Declaration of Sentiments sparked the woman suffrage movement-kicking off a women's right to vote campaign that would take 72 years to win with the passing of the 19th Amendment in 1920.
A history of the Women's Rights Movement and a detailed timeline
Visit This All-inclusive Website - Roads from Seneca Falls
Roads from Seneca Falls (www.roadsfromsenecafalls.net) is a website designed to bring together the best web-based material on women's history and leadership for K-12 students and teachers.
It includes information on historic sites, museums, libraries, and markers as well as lesson plans and primary sources relating to women's history across the country. It is fully searchable by such terms as topic, grade level, and type of material.
A special feature is "Ask Mrs. Stanton," which allows students to ask questions about women's history and to receive an answer from an expert in the field.
Funded by the Department of Education and carried out cooperatively by the State University of New York at Oswego and Syracuse University, Roads from Seneca Falls includes a national Advisory Board of historians, teachers, librarians, and historic site managers representing wide geographic, ethnic, and class perspectives.
We hope this site will transform the ways in which students and teachers across the nation view women's history and leadership in social studies classes (and in their lives).
July Path Breakers
The July, 2007 Path Breakers introduced five American authors of the 19th Century. In July, 2007 we highlight another fascinating group of women who added much to American culture and vision. They solved problems and dreamed of solutions in a variety of professions and skills. They showed determination, strength, original thinking, and civic responsibility. Many faced problems of similar to today's inequality. Maria Van Rensselaer held on to control the estate of her late husband. Mary Butterworth developed a unique and working technique of counterfeiting pound notes. Hannah Bailey developed pacifist curriculum materials for all schools. Harriet Strong invented designs for water storage. Marion Talbot championed equal education and opportunity for women college students.
Plan a Women's Equality Day Event
Women's Equality Day is August 26th, 2007. It is the 87th anniversary of women in the United States winning the right to vote. In this Presidential Election Year, let's celebrate the hard earned women's right to vote and expansion of democracy.
Come Visit Our Blog
Please take time to visit our Blog at http://www.nwhp.org/blog/. Our Blog is a vehicle for spreading information about women's history events and news as well as continuing to write women back into history. To submit information to our Blog, please email us at email@example.com.
We welcome announcements about women's history events, information about women's groups, and other relevant issues. We hope you to become part of our new online community. Thank you!
National Women's History Month 2008 Theme
Women's Art: Women's Vision is the 2008 Theme for National Women's History Month.
The 2008 theme will celebrate and recognize the vision of women artists.
The 2008 theme will celebrate and recognize the vision of women artists. Next year's honorees will be selected to represent the diverse forms of visual arts including painting, sculpture, weaving, pottery, embroidery, as well as forms from modern media art.
All Network members are invited to nominate a woman as a possible 2008 Honoree.
To nominate a woman, you will need to write an essay describing her life and work and how it expresses her vision. . Please include in this essay, the woman's birth and (if deceased) death dates and your reasons for nominating her.
All nominations must be sent by August 15, 2007. Please email your nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We're Moved In!
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3440 Airway Drive, Suite F
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