Celebrating the Centennial

NWHM Programming for August 26, 2020

On August 26, 2020, the National Women’s History Museum will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment with a full day of free programming and the launch of its new non-partisan voter engagement initiative, Women Vote, Women Win.  Programming includes  two virtual “Determined to Rise” panels, several film screenings, and a concert and rally to increase votes by and for women before the November election.


August 26, 2020 • 11 a.m. ET

“Determined to Rise” : Woman Suffrage: The West Came First, presented in collaboration with the Michigan History Center and Michigan Women Forward (Lansing, Mich.) 

The earliest suffrage victories were in the west. The territory of Wyoming granted women the vote in 1869, the same year as the founding of the two national suffrage organizations. When Wyoming became a state in 1890, the new government continued to allow women to vote. Three years later, Colorado became the next woman suffrage state. Utah and Idaho followed in 1896. Suffragists from all over the country traveled to states considering new suffrage laws to advocate for their cause and, in turn, informed the woman suffrage debates that were occurring in the east.


August 26, 2020 • 2 p.m. ET

Finding Justice: The Untold Story of Women’s Fight for Screening and Discussion with Rosie Rios, 43rd Treasurer of the United States, and Filmmaker Amanda Owen

Finding Justice: The Untold Story of Women’s Fight for the Vote tells the story of how a 2,000-pound bronze bell became a celebrated symbol of the women’s suffrage movement. The creation of suffragists in Pennsylvania who were agitating for the right to vote, the Justice Bell helped rally support around the cause in the last crucial years leading up to the passage of the 19th Amendment. Rosie Rios, 43rd Treasurer of the United States, will join filmmaker Amanda Owen for a discussion after the film.


August 26, 2020 • 4 p.m. ET

“Determined to Rise”: Chicago’s African American Women in the Fight for the Vote, presented in collaboration with the Newberry Library (Chicago, Ill.)

The conditions for African Americans in the 1890s were very challenging. Following the abolition of slavery in 1865, a prosperous period for the new emancipated slaves started during which African Americans acquired new civil rights, notably the right for Black men to vote. However, in the increasingly racist society of late 19th-century America, womanhood failed to emerge as a universal category. Although instances of interracial collaboration existed within the women’s rights movement, the club movement—so integral to African American women’s activism at the time—was not an integrated experience since African American women were officially excluded from white women’s clubs. Inherently, the position of Black women within the women’s rights movement involved far more complex issues of sexism, racism, and class bias. Join Drs. Hendricks and Philips for a discussion on African American women’s activism in the suffrage cause and the importance of the club movement in their mobilization.


August 26, 2020 • 8 p.m. ET

Inez Milholland – Forward Into Light and Into Light Film Screening and Discussion

Join this free virtual preview screening of two short films about suffragist Inez Milholland: Inez Milholland – Forward Into Light and Into Light. The films will be followed by a panel discussion with actress Amy Walker, producer Martine Melloul, and Forward Into Light filmmaker and advisor Martha Wheelock. Inez Milholland – Forward Into Light, will introduce you to Milholland, the woman who rode the white horse as a Joan of Arc on March 3, 1913. This film will be followed by Into Light, which takes us to Blanchard Hall in Los Angeles, on October 23, 1916, as Milholland addresses 1,500 cheering and curious attendees. The outcome of that evening would be an inspirational and emotional impetus for the final push for woman suffrage.


August 26, 2020 • 9 p.m. ET
Women Take the Stage Concert and Rally

The National Women’s History Museum is pleased to partner with top musicians, changemakers, and activist icons for Women Take the Stage: a free, livestreamed multi-ethnic concert and rally to increase votes by and for women before the November election. Join Gloria SteinemDolores HuertaAlicia GarzaVanessa WilliamsIdina MenzelLily TomlinBillie Jean KingSweet Honey in the RockIndigo GirlsBETTYDance BrigadePura FéDGLSB-52s’ Kate Pierson, poet Staceyann Chin, founder of The Representation Project Jennifer Siebel Newsom, HBCU president Ruth Simmons, 3rd CTO of the U.S. /shift7 CEO Megan Smith, Time’s Up CEO Tina Tchen, ERA Coalition CEO Carol Jenkins, National LGBTQ Task Force’s Kierra Johnson, Native Action’s Gail Small, disability activist Mia Ives-Rublee, trailblazing transgender politician Andrea Jenkins, and N.Y.’s groundbreaking Attorney General, Letitia James.

2020-08-27T11:44:33-05:00August 27th, 2020|News Stories, Suffrage Centennial|

Finding Justice: The Untold Story of Women’s Fight for the Vote Screening

Join the National Women’s History Museum and filmmaker Amanda Owen on August 26, 2020 at 2 p.m. ET for a free screening of Finding Justice: The Untold Story of Women’s Fight for the Vote. This short documentary tells the story of how a 2,000-pound bronze bell became a celebrated symbol of the women’s suffrage movement. The creation of suffragists in Pennsylvania who were agitating for the right to vote, the Justice Bell helped rally support around the cause in the last crucial years leading up to the passage of the 19th Amendment.

Register here in advance for your free ticket.

About Rosie Rios

Rosie Rios is the CEO of Red River Associates, a real estate consulting firm. She was the 43rd Treasurer of the United States where she initiated and led the efforts to place a portrait of a woman on the front of U.S. currency for the first time in over a century. Upon her resignation in 2016, she received the Hamilton Award, the highest honor bestowed in the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Rosie was the longest serving Senate-confirmed Treasury official beginning with her time on the Treasury/Federal Reserve Transition Team in November 2008 at the height of the financial crisis. Following her tenure, she was appointed as a Visiting Scholar at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University with a focus on Millennials and Post-Millennials.

Rosie is a graduate of Harvard University and was selected as the first Latina in Harvard’s 384-year history to have a portrait commissioned in her honor. She currently serves on the board of American Family Insurance, Fidelity Charitable Trust, the Schlesinger Council at Harvard, the Advisory Committee for Artemis Real Estate Partners and was previously a Trustee with the Alameda County Employees Retirement Association (ACERA). Most recently, she was appointed as a member of America 250, a Congressional Commission to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the nation’s founding in 2026. Her personal passion includes EMPOWERMENT 2020, an initiative that facilitates the physical recognition of historical American women. She remains active in real estate finance and is consulting on several transformational projects in the Bay Area under her “RESCUE” initiative: Real Estate for Socially Conscious Urban Empowerment.


About Filmmaker Amanda Owen

Amanda Owen

Amanda Owen is an author and an independent scholar of women’s history, specializing in the American women’s suffrage movement. She is a co- founder and the executive director of the Justice Bell Foundation. With a background in social work and a 25-year practice as a consultant, writer and speaker, Owen has been presenting lectures and workshops since the mid-90s.

Owen is currently writing a book about the Justice Bell’s role in the American women’s suffrage movement.


Praise for Finding Justice

“What an interesting story! Symbols matter. The forgotten story of the Justice Bell affirms the importance of the campaign to win the vote for women as well as the ongoing need to document and honor women’s history.” — Susan Ware, author of Why They Marched: Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote

Finding Justice tells the inspiring story of a forgotten grassroots movement of Pennsylvania women fighting to gain the right to vote. This film helps us learn and appreciate the history of the brave women who insisted on their full citizenship.”  — Alison M. Parker, author of Articulating Rights: Nineteenth-century American Women on Race, Reform, and the State and Unceasing Militant: The Life of Mary Church Terrell

2020-08-26T18:24:08-05:00August 26th, 2020|News Stories, Suffrage Centennial|

Inez Milholland Movie Preview Screenings

Inez Milholland – Forward Into Light & Into Light Special Preview Screening and Panel Discussion

Join the National Women’s History Museum on August 26 at 8 p.m. ET // 5 p.m. PT for a free special preview screening of two short films about suffragist Inez MilhollandInez Milholland – Forward Into Light and Into Light. The films will be followed by a panel discussion with actress Amy Walker, producer Martine Melloul, and Forward Into Light filmmaker Martha Wheelock.

Wheelock’s short documentary, Inez Milholland – Forward Into Light, will introduce you to Milholland, the woman who rode the white horse as a Joan of Arc on March 3, 1913. This film will be followed by Into Light, which takes us to Blanchard Hall in Los Angeles, on October 23, 1916, as Milholland addresses 1,500 cheering and curious attendees. The outcome of that evening would be an inspirational and emotional impetus for the final push for woman suffrage.

HOW TO JOIN THE INTO LIGHT/FORWARD INTO LIGHT VIRTUAL SCREENING
AUGUST 26, 2020 • 5 PM PT/8 PM ET

  • If using a laptop or desktop, click this link or copy and paste it into your Google Chrome browser search bar to access the event: https://www.cya.live/event/3850. Please join using Google Chrome, as it’s the best browser for this video platform. (Download Google Chrome here if needed).
  • If using an iPad, Chromebook, or similar tablet, please download the free Cya Live app in order to view the event. If you are using a tablet or mobile device, please wear headphones at all times for best audio quality.
  • If using an app: Search “$3850” in the search bar at the top of the app screen to find the INTO LIGHT event page.

CLICK JOIN:
Once you are on the event page, click the “join now” (or, if in the room more than 15 minutes before the event, “get ticket”) button on the right hand side of the screen to join the event.

PLEASE NOTE:
Please note, if you would like to ask a question by video or chat, you will need to create a Cya Live account. All that is required is your name and email address. Headphones are required if you’d like to ask your question by video. If you just want to watch the programming, you do not need to create an account.

2020-08-26T18:11:50-05:00August 26th, 2020|Inez, Martha Wheelock, News Stories, Suffrage Centennial|

Tea With Alice and Me Comes to Long Beach

Zoe Nicholson on stage.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 20, 2018

Zoe Nicholson to perform Tea with Alice and Me in her own town.
Beverly O’Neill Theater, 300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach CA
Hosted by Second District Councilwoman, Jeannine Pearce
Friday, March 30, 2018

One of the places that the suffrage movement helped to open to women—we always had a little tearoom always at our headquarters where most newspaper people used to come. The people that were doing the press for us were headed by Mrs. Florence Boeckel. They formed this Women’s Press Club, which now exists. It was formed there in our little tea house.
Miss Alice Paul

Wild West Women takes Tea with Alice and Me to Long Beach, CA; to one of the most prestigious and lovely theaters in Southern California, The Beverly O”Neill. Located in the Long Beach Convention complex, this intimate theather is celebrated with plays and operas. Hosted by Councilwoman, Jeannine Pearce, in celebration of Women’s History Month.

This multi-media one-woman stage presentation features Alice Paul scholar, Zoe Nicholson. With a backdrop of hundreds of photographs and newspaper clippings, Zoe tells the story of the great teacher of Nonviolent Direct Action and the incendiary thread of tea in the American Women’s Revolution; Seneca Falls: 1848 to Washington DC 2018. Zoe will dramatically and accessibly reveal the Alice Paul few know about, and share Paul’s tools for activism and how Zoe herself was ignited into activism.

Suffragist Miss Alice Paul was the first to bring non-violent, direct action to America, ten years before Gandhi and decades before Martin Luther King. She was the first to organize a march to the White House, leader of the activist branch of women’s suffrage movement, a picket who was forced fed. Author of the Era, and worker for Women’s Rights until her death at age 92! Her tactics, philosophy and experiences give us tools today for our own activism, righteous indignation, and passion to build a torch, light it, and carry it for Equality.

  • March 30, 2018
  • Beverly O”Neill Theater
  • The performance concludes with a Q & A
  • Tea Reception with book signing
2019-07-01T13:02:02-05:00February 20th, 2018|News Stories, Projects|

"Former Teacher Makes Documentary On Women’s Right To Vote"

gn-record Alexandra Civorelli of the Great Neck Record reports,

Have you ever heard of Inez Milholland? What about Martha Wheelock? It’s more likely that Wheelock’s name is familiar. A longtime resident and teacher in the Great Neck Public School District, Wheelock taught English and theater for 18 years in Great Neck North and South high schools and at The Village School.

Inez Milholland, however, is a name that should be well-known, but instead has been erased from most history textbooks. Also known as the “beautiful suffragist,” Milholland was an American icon who worked to get voting rights for women and became the voice of the suffrage movement after she died for the cause in 1916.

Having always been drawn to women’s studies and filmmaking, Wheelock realized at New York University, where she was earning her PhD, that films celebrating women and their accomplishments were notably few and that it was a hole in the past that needed to be filled. Wheelock has since made several documentaries highlighting lesser known—but no less important—women activists and artists, as well as the suffragist movement. She also cofounded and became executive director of Wild West Woman, Inc., a nonprofit that produces films on women in order to provide positive role models for women and girls.

Wheelock has relocated from Great Neck to California and retired from teaching, but has continued to make documentaries, including her latest, Inez Milholland, Forward into Light, which she wrote, produced and directed. It was after learning about how this beautiful suffragist died—and the fact that it has been exactly 100 years since her death—that Wheelock knew she had make this film.

She began researching this incredible woman, but was met with little success; it wasn’t until she found newspaper articles on her western tour in California that details of Milholland’s contributions were discovered.

“She made 50 speeches on the West Coast, and California women could vote against Woodrow because he was against the suffragists,” Wheelock explained. By 1916, California woman had won the right to the vote, but the fight was far from over in many other states. Suffragists like Milholland wanted to urge people to boycott President Woodrow Wilson, who remained steadfast in his stance against women voting.

Wheelock said that during her tour to accomplish this, “these little town [newspapers] put in huge articles about what she looked like, how she was so beautiful. They marketed her like Beyoncé, like this beautiful, incredible woman, [the men] didn’t even care was talking about women and their right to vote.” And so, with the men flocking to see her and their wives tagging along, Milholland’s reputation and mission exploded.

Her worldwide fame reached its peak when, after a long and exhausting tour in which she’d made 50 speeches, Milholland fainted at a podium during a rousing speech. She died a few weeks later of anemia at age 30.

Although a shockingly sad demise, the fight for equality continued without her. But, Milholland’s words were not forgotten. Before she fainted, her last public words were, “Mr. President, how long must women wait for liberty?” She spoke for the thousands who didn’t have a voice and, even after her death, her words continued—sewn onto the banners of picketers who protested outside The White House for 17 months.

Milholland was extremely radical for her time. She was a “new woman”
in the early 20th century who believed in a women’s right to choose and vote. She even asked a man to marry her, disregarding a tradition that still exists today. “She was a wonderful role model,” Wheelock said warmly. “She lost her American citizenship because she proposed to a Dutchman, she wouldn’t have had the right to vote anyway.” And yet, Milholland still gave her life on behalf of her gender.

Instead of viewing history as a far removed series of facts and dates, Wheelock has noticed that these documentaries make “people begin to believe that history is theirs. [Someone might say], ‘wow, that could’ve been me campaigning for Hillary Clinton,” she continued. “That’s what’s been so exciting about this film, people become amazed, Inez was their own little hero…it’s so touching. After screenings, women come up to me and say, ‘thank you so much for showing me about her.’”

One hundred years after her death, Wheelock’s documentary is more relevant today than ever. It reminds us how important it is to vote, and to remember how many people have struggled and made terrible sacrifices throughout history so that every American would have the right to have a voice.

2016-11-27T18:42:39-06:00November 27th, 2016|Inez, Martha Wheelock, News Stories|

100 Years Ago ~ She Gave Her Life for the Vote

It would be hard to imagine the vote being more precious than it is today.  Of course, the very term, “the vote,” we all know means the national vote.  Americans are uplifted or dashed on the rocks every four years with their choices validated.  All are casting about in an effort to be counted, to burst through invisibility, to be enfranchised.

Who treasures the vote more, we ask the unanswerable.  What is the criteria of such a trophy.  Standing in line seems to be one of the most revered demonstrations.  Crossing the bridge in Selma, encircling the White House for months, marching, picketing, protesting.  Sitting at the counter, lying on the ground, petitioning.  But most of all, the ultimate sacrifice is death.

The lady on the white horse.  Who is the lady on the white horse?  Where did her story end?  Inez Milholland died November 25, 1916.  She is our St Joan.  In 1913, leading 10,000 suffragists to the White House astride Grey Dawn she rode into danger so that women could vote.  Known as the “beautiful suffragist, she gave herself over to the National Woman’s Party and to the cause.  She could have been noted as the most educated, the most articulate, the most “Modern Woman,” but her value on the speaking trail was demonstrating that women who value the vote can be beautiful too.  While on tour, speaking two or three times a day for months, she fell from the podium at Los Angeles Blanchard Hall, was admitted to Good Samaritan Hospital and never left.  She died 30 days later.

The provenance of the women’s vote, from 1845 to August 26, 1920 began with Quaker women meeting with the Iroquois and ended with a mother’s admonition to her son Harry, “Be a good boy.”  Harry Burn delivered that last single whisper that collectively handed women their success.  It can be no surprise that it was at the urging of a mother, of a woman whose admonition piled on to Abigail Adams’ rebuke to John, “remember the women.”

In the last decade of American suffrage, leading the charge for the vote was the militant, Alice Paul.  She never regarded it as the goal, merely a “stone in the mosaic.”  She cautioned that women would not use the vote for their own advancement.  They would vote as their husbands or fathers told them, or possibly not at all.  It explains her lifelong focus on a constitutional amendment, the ERA, to universally protect all Americans.

This week, we remain in the procession of women who have yet to ascend to full power, to wholly realize what America would look like with a woman at the helm.  You can be sure that Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul and Inez Milholland dreamed of it too.

submitted by Zoe Nicholson
assistant producer

2016-11-21T00:19:01-06:00November 21st, 2016|News Stories|

100 Years Ago ~ October 1916

Mrs Alva Belmont sends off Inez to tour the West for federal suffrage.  No one can imagine that she will never return from Los Angeles.  Falling at the podium, admitted to The Good Samaritan hospital.  She dies a month later.  November 25, 1916, age 30.  We have been given the ultimate iconic woman for everlasting inspiration.

october-1916“After Inez’s sacrifice, the women of America continue to work with renewed devotion
to achieve full freedom for all women and full democracy for the Nation.”

 

2016-10-07T20:01:04-05:00October 7th, 2016|Inez, News Stories|

Celebrating Inez Milholland’s Birthday in Lewis, New York by Filmmaker, Martha Wheelock   

inez cake full A small town creates a big event for a great woman.  In so doing, the townsfolk and neighboring denizens discover for themselves, not only their history but, more importantly, find pride and inspiration in their hero.  I was invited to Lewis,  New York for a celebration of Inez Milholland’s 130th Birthday where I would present my new film, Inez Milholland ~ Forward into Light with a Q & A afterwards.  Before the film a local historian would be revealing her research on the history of the Milholland Family in Lewis.

lewis church LS

History talks can often turn to recitation of dates, primogeniture and be-gots but this local, curious, authentic researcher of Lewis and Milholland history shared everything she found about the Milhollands, with humor, enthusiasm and rich resources.  My understanding of Inez’s background was filled out with real flesh!  Instead of a few scattered souls at the Lewis Congregational Church for this event, the church, albeit, small, was filled with an attentive audience.

They loved and cheered the Inez film, and asked good questions.  They told me how someone over the past weeks had been coming up to the cemetery where the Milhollands were buried.  They had been setting the markers a-straight,  weeding and clearing grass from all the stones, and cleaning the gravestones. It must be angels, I remarked seriously!

When I announced that copies of the Inez Film on DVD’s were for FREE, they held their breath: is that really so?  Can I really have one to show my grandchildren who grew up here?  I want to take one to the 6th grade teacher whose great-grandmother knew Inez’s Mother. What a joy to give out those films!

cake and martha 1Then we all, yes all the congregation, adjourned to the big cozy kitchen for Inez’s birthday cake, complete with her portrait, and adorned with a “statuette of a woman on a white horse, with a sash vote for women, which one of the church ladies had made.  It was a glorious cake to honor Inez.  Another church lady had made 30 cupcakes, with stars on them, to surround the cake. It was a very touching moment and everyone who would admit this, felt the energy of the evening.

The next day, Inez’s actual birthday, August 6, my sister and I first visited Meadowmount, the very large 34 room home that John E. Milholland, Inez’s father, built at the height of his wealth – ostensible to give poor children from the inner cities , a summer place to retreat among animals and healthful country living.  John ‘s intentions were not realized actually, as he lost his wealth carelessly, and the family then lived both in London and New York much more modestly, within John’s newspaper salary.

meadowmount

Today the buildings are the MEADOWMOUNT SCHOOL OF MUSIC, one of the finest and intense practicum for strings and piano.  There studied and taught  such teachers as Jascha Heifetz, Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma,  Itzhak Perlman,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Paul Zukofsky and hundred others. It is still such an esteemed school.

There I met Mary Macgowan, a director and another fine local historian who shared more Milholland history with me.  A wider and deeper picture of what forces helped to form Inez’s ethics and energy emerged more than any biography I had read.

lewis church

The most moving visit during that trip was to meditate and absorb Inez at her actual grave.  The cemetery plot, which previously had been mysteriously cleaned and cleared, had indeed been manicured, but by arrangements from John A Milholland, Inez great nephew, whose father was descendent of John A, Inez’s brother, the only child to produce progeny.

grave & martha side closerThe red rose I placed on Inez’s grave was in keeping with the how she was viewed as a great American Beauty. When her coffin arrived from Los Angeles, into the town of Lewis for burial, her father had adorned it with 2 dozen red roses.

Inez had a younger sister (also buried there), Vida, who traveled with Inez and carried on Suffrage work after Inez’s death.  In fact Vida was arrested and went on a hunger strike in 1917, following in her sister’s spirit.

vida

Vida never married but lived the last 30 years of her life with a woman companion, caring for her mother in one of their residence  They were always plagued with financial worries and she committed suicide in 1952.  The whole family was rested on the top of the hill, looking out over the meadows toward the great Green Mountains of Vermont, across Lake Champlain. What a beautiful spot.

The Friday event extended beyond the folks of Lewis.  As we covered three counties, giving away the DVD to libraries, historical museums, even hotels and civic centers in Essex and Clinton Counties, Plattsburgh and Elizabethtown, great appreciation was express by those who received this FREE DVD.  The recipients felt honored as all we met knew Inez’s name and were familiar with her short life’s story. They treasured the fact that she was a local girl, who did more than just ride a white horse and die at age 30 from working too hard on the campaign for Women’s Suffrage.  She was their Hero.

2016-08-21T18:59:46-05:00August 21st, 2016|Inez, Inez Biography, News Stories|

Official Film Poster on Sale Today!

The official movie poster is here.
Perfect for your office and classroom.

Inez Milholland Poster

Shipped USPS Priority tube
size: 18″ x 24″
To order, click poster in right column  

 

Inez Milholland lived and died to tell us that
it is not winning the vote but
CASTING THE VOTE

“I am prepared to sacrifice every so-called privilege
possess in order to have a few rights.”
Inez Milholland 1886 – 1916

 

2016-08-19T23:06:51-05:00August 19th, 2016|News Stories|

Screening Dates for Inez Milholland ~ Forward into Light

12th Annual Vassar Club of Washington, DC FilmFestfilmfest_logo
Location: Naval Heritage Center
701 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC

2:45 pm on Saturday, Oct 15
Information and Tickets

INEZ MILHOLLAND: FORWARD INTO LIGHT Joan E. Smiles ‘65
Inez Milholland, Vassar Class of 1909, was a famous horsewoman and an advocate for gender equality, pacifism, racial justice, labor, and women’s suffrage, who died far too young at age 30.

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2016-07-04T23:34:42-05:00July 4th, 2016|News Stories|