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The music of the women’s suffrage movement reflects the culture of change that activists inspired, and that inspired activism. Songs sung by and about suffragists reveal their persuasive arguments for political equality, and helped link their cause to the other activist movements of their time. Notably, the lyrics of pre-Nineteenth Amendment songs foreshadow the feminist message of later suffragists, who sought to advance the cause of women’s equality in their own times.
SONGS OF THE SUFFRAGISTS: A VIDEO
This video is designed for book clubs, programs on the history of the the Women’s Right to Vote and both high school and college classes studying Women’s History.
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This book was started by LWVBHNPS interns Julia Haas and Elizabeth Moshkevich in the spring of 2018 with the help of LWV members Pat Dolan and Susan Ferris Rights. During the spring of 2019 and up until this spring of 2020 LWV member Laura Casteblanco Engehardt and former intern Stephanie Lioudis with help from Bridget Bowen continued, researched, expanded and added to the book to greatly enhance the original publication to make a highly informative and entertaining publication.
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The League of Women Voters was founded by Carrie Chapman Catt in 1920 during the convention of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. The convention was held just six months before the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote after a 72-year struggle.
From the beginning, the League has been an activist, grassroots organization whose leaders believed that citizens should play a critical role in advocacy. It was then, and is now, a nonpartisan organization. League founders believed that maintaining a nonpartisan stance would protect the fledgling organization from becoming mired in the party politics of the day. However, League members were encouraged to be political themselves, by educating citizens about, and lobbying for, government and social reform legislation.
This holds true today. The League is proud to be nonpartisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties at any level of government, but always working on vital issues of concern to members and the public. The League has a long, rich history, that continues with each passing year.
Waxing Poetic Women have always had a way with words. This month we celebrate four women who used the poetic power of their prose to advance the feminist cause. Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910) Click to read some of Howe’s better-known poetry Julia Ward Howe was a champion of social change, writing both songs and poems about the Civil War and the suffrage movement. Her life’s work demonstrates the similarities between songs and poems, as she used both to advocate for change. Howe’s first two volumes of poetry were published anonymously, without the knowledge of her husband. When he discovered her work, he disapproved of both Howe writing as well as the content that she was writing about. Her progressive illustrations of women’s role in society created a rift between her and her husband, resulting in their separation in 1852. However, she continued to work for women’s equality, helping to found the New England Suffrage Association in 1868. Anne Spencer (1882-1975) Anne Spencer was one of the most prominent poets during the Harlem Renaissance. Her poems spanned the topics of race, religion, and gender. She was the first African American female poet to be published in the Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry in 1973. Spencer writes about women through the use of modernist poetic structure, making her a pioneer in both content and form. In poems like "Letter to My Sister" and "Before the Feast at Shushan," Spencer illustrates the complexities of male dominance and female resistance to that dominance. Marie Ponsot (1921-2019) Marie Ponsot was an award-winning poet as well as a single mother of seven children. She studied at St. Joseph’s College for Women and Columbia University. Ponset’s work was influenced by both her education as well as her experiences with motherhood, publishing poems like "Anti-Romantic" in 1958 and "Among Women" in 2002. Marie was elected Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2010. "Poetry is priceless ... a way of keeping yourself feeling rich and civilized even when you're quite poor." Megan Falley* Megan Falley at the 2017 Individual World Poetry Slam Finals Megan Falley has published three collections of poems focusing on her experiences both as a woman and a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Alongside her published work, Falley is also a spoken word poet, performing all over the country. Adapting to the modern landscape of literature today, Falley has a large online presence, posting poems as well as videos of her emotionally vulnerable performances on her Tumblr account. Her poems often challenge gender constructs throughout history and today, as she does in one of her most famous poems, "Ode to Red Lipstick." *You may be wondering why we haven’t provided Falley’s date of birth, as we have for all other women featured in this newsletter. Despite her artistic success and prominence in the field of spoken word poetry, there is limited information available about this acclaimed poet. Indeed, Wikipedia doesn’t even contain an entry for her — like so many other prominent women it has overlooked. The dominant online encyclopedia itself acknowledges its gender bias problem, excusing it as
Female Environmentalists From chemical regulations to National Parks, female activists and scientists have changed the course of American environmentalism. On April 22nd, when we celebrate Earth Day, let’s also celebrate the remarkable achievements made by American women to protect our planet. Ynés Mexía (1870-1938) Ynés Mexía had one of the most influential midlife crises on record, discovering her hugely successful passion for botany at age fifty. She was the first Mexican American female botanist, a field often dubbed too rigorous and unfeminine for women. Mexía’s botanical discoveries are still studied today, with over fifty plants named in her honor. At a time when women often had to travel with male guardians, Mexía explored alone. She traveled to the ends of the earth in order to save it, embarking on expeditions to California, Alaska, and Columbia — sometimes traveling alone by canoe for thousands of miles. Mexía became a keystone activist in protecting California’s redwood forests. Her work paved the way for future female environmentalists at a time when both the study of botany and solo travel were male prerogatives. "I don’t think there’s any place in the world where a woman can’t venture" - Ynés Mexía Rachel Carson (1907-1964) Rachel Carson is widely considered the mother of modern environmentalism. She captivated the American public with the effects of chemicals and pesticides on both ecosystems and human health in her 1962 book The Silent Spring. Her book cultivated a public environmental awareness, paving the way for contemporary environmentalism. Carson’s work created intense controversy, and chemical companies launched a series of campaigns to discredit her and her work. They accused her of being everything from a hysterical woman to a communist. Carson was summoned by Congress to testify on her scientific findings, which led directly to the 1972 ban on the pesticide, DDT. Her advocacy resulted in the creation of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1980 for her research. Carson’s scientific work, advocacy, and persistence fostered landmark government environmental protections. "The question is whether any civilization can wage relentless war on life without destroying itself, and without losing the right to be called civilized" - Rachel Carson Marjory Stoneman Douglass (1890-1998) Marjory Stoneman Douglass started her career as a freelance writer and journalist before publishing The Everglades: River of Grass in 1947. Her research and descriptions of the Everglades transformed public perception of the wetlands. At the time, most viewed the Everglades as an overgrown swamp to be developed out of existence. Douglass’s book changed popular perception, fostering an appreciation of wetland ecosystems as integral environmental habitats. The Everglades are now a protected National Park in part due to Marjory Douglass’s persistence and public outreach. She lived to be 108, and continued to volunteer and advocate for the Everglades until the end of her life. Friends of the Everglades, a foundation Douglass created in 1969, is still actively working to conserve and restore the Everglades today. "Marjory was ... a prophet, calling out to us to
Women in STEM This month, we celebrate four women who fought tooth and nail for everything they achieved, and then turned around and used their power to make the path easier for the women following behind. Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu, Nuclear Physicist (1912-1997) Click here for a video on the life of Chien-Shiung Wu Chien-Shiung Wu was born in 1912 in a small town near Shanghai. Her father had the unusual belief (for the time) that women should be educated, and so she attended school in China. In 1936, Wu immigrated to the U.S. to continue her studies, and enrolled in the University of California at Berkeley. After graduating, she became a physics professor at a number of universities and colleges, including Princeton, Smith, and Colombia. During World War II, she was a key contributor on the Manhattan Project. After the war, Dr. Wu continued her work in theoretical physics, and became a U.S. citizen in 1954. One of her more notable findings was her confirmation of Enrico Fermi’s beta decay theory. Dr. Wu’s expertise in beta decay led to her collaboration with two male theoretical physicists that ultimately resulted in her male colleagues being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for the trio’s work in 1957. Despite being overlooked, Dr. Wu continued her research, and served as a professor at Columbia University until the end of her life, where she focused on encouraging and empowering other women by mentoring them and sharing her own stories of dealing with discrimination. “It is shameful that there are so few women in science… There is a misconception in America that women scientists are all dowdy spinsters. This is the fault of men.” Dr. Ellen Ochoa, Astronaut (1958- ) Click here to see footage of Ellen Ochoa in space A native Californian, Ellen Ochoa earned her undergraduate degree in physics at San Diego State University before pursuing her master's at Stanford. During her early career, Dr. Ochoa not only published several papers regarding optical systems, but her innovative work also resulted in the filing of three patents. She began working at NASA in 1988 before being selected as an astronaut in 1990. She became the first Hispanic woman to travel through space on the STS-56 mission. Dr. Ochoa went on three more missions to space over the next ten years. Since then, she has used her platform in several ways, from speaking out against the lack of diverse astronaut suit sizes (they are made to fit the average man, not woman) to speaking at conferences like the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers. The Dr. Ellen Ochoa Award is now granted annually to Latina STEM professionals for demonstrated excellence. “There are great minds across all ethnicities, races and genders, and we want to make sure we’re pulling from all of those.” Lisa P. Jackson, Chemical Engineer (1962- ) Click here to learn more about Lisa Jackson's career. Lisa P. Jackson studied chemical engineering at Tulane and Princeton University before joining the EPA in an entry level position in 1987. Jackson
BHNPS Interviews District 21 Legislators LWVNJ requested local leagues interview their state senators and assembly members. The Berkeley Heights, New Providence, Summit League arranged separate zoom meetings with our District 21 Senator Jon Brannick and individual Zooms with each of our 2 representatives in the NJ Assembly, Nancy Munoz and Michele Matsikoudis. We asked each of our elected officials questions pertaining to the state League’s mission - voting rights and possible reforms, redistricting, and priorities for the next session. The interviews gave us a chance to meet our representatives and learn their opinions as well as share with them the role and goals of the League of Women Voters NJ We asked two extra questions regarding their views on Legislative efforts to make NJ a “Pump Your Own Gas” state and their thoughts on the move in the US Congress to make daylight savings time permanent throughout the U.S.
We are in our second year of Covid-19 restrictions. Members are getting their vaccines but still we are nervous about holding in person meetings. After working a full day on zoom, we are also tired of meeting/programs on zoom. Nevertheless, we have been involved in a number of areas. During July and August, we were busy planning Candidate Forums in our three towns. We did hold Candidate Forums for Summit Common Council, Berkeley Heights Township Council and Berkeley Heights Board of Education. Although we tried, we could not get consensus on a date in New Providence. Several of our members were moderators for Candidate Forums held around the State. Members also worked on the State- wide Voter Service-Coalition and helped revise the LWVNJ Voter Service Manual. Members also helped count ballots at a local Condo community. We were involved in learning more about Redistricting through the LWVNJ Fair Districts Initiative. Some members volunteered to work on State-wide committees (Women & Family Issues, Social Justice,) 2022 started no better than 2021. But once again, we joined the American Association of University Women- Summit College Club to co-sponsor the viewing via zoom of the documentary "Unbossed and Unchained" in honor of the 50th anniversary of Shirley Chisholm's campaign for President. We are also planning to sponsor with the other Leagues in Union County, the Summit College Club and the AAUW of Madison a presentation of a short film on The Influence/power of Native American Women in their culture followed by a discussion by the film director herself. This program is scheduled for March. More information with be forthcoming. Hopefully the tide will turn and we will be back to meeting in person. At that time, we can plan for more programs and a theater fundraiser. -website
The 2021 BOE Candidates Forum hosted by LWVBHNPS & TAPinto Berkeley Heights.
LWV for Berkeley Heights Virtual Forum For Berkeley Heights Town Council (9/14/2021) - Replay
Virtual Candidates Forum - League of Women Voters 01 (*recorded*)Date: Sep 9, 2021 06:46 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
BERKELEY HEIGHTS TOWNSHIP COUNCIL VIRTUAL CANDIDATES DEBATE TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14th7:30PM Candidates: Paul Donnelly, RepublicanJohn Foster, RepublicanAlvaro Medeiros, DemocratStephen H. Yellin, Democrat Learn about the candidates and their position on the issues by watching live on YouTube or delayed viewing on Facebook or at LWVBHNPS.ORG Submit questions to [email protected] by Friday, September 10th
SUMMIT COMMON COUNCIL VIRTUAL CANDIDATES DEBATE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th 7:30PM Candidates for Member at Large: Beth Little, DemocratSteven Spurr, Republican Candidates for Ward 1: Andy Minegar, DemocratRobert K. Weck, Republican Candidates for Ward 2: Gregory Stephen Vartan III, DemocratDavid Fosgate, Republican Learn about the candidates and their position on the issues by watching live on YouTube or delayed viewing on Facebook or at LWVBHNPS.ORG Submit questions to [email protected] by Monday, September 6th
NEW PROVIDENCE BOROUGH COUNCIL VIRTUAL CANDIDATES DEBATE DATE STILL TO BE DETERMINED Candidates: Matthew Cumiskey, RepublicanPeter DeSarno, Republican Allen Swanson, Democrat Learn about the candidates and their position on the issues by watching live on YouTube or delayed viewing on Facebook or at LWVBHNPS.ORG Submit questions for the candidates to [email protected] By Wednesday, September 15th [email protected]
This fall, New Jersey voters will cast their ballots for legislators, governor, and many local offices! There are lots of options to participate: using a mail-in ballot or in-person at the polls during early voting or on Election Day. See below for important information you need to make your plan for New Jersey's upcoming General Election. Election Day is Tuesday, November 2, 2021. Get Ready to Vote Voter Registration Deadline Register to vote Check your voter registration status The registration deadline for the upcoming General Election is October 12, 2021. Be sure to re-register if you move, if you change your name, or if you have finished a sentence of incarceration. Remember - people on parole or probation can register to vote! Not sure if your registration is up to date? Check your registration status to make sure it is active and your information is correct! Vote By Mail Application Deadline Apply to Vote By Mail In New Jersey, any eligible registered voter can Vote by Mail – you do not need a reason to request a Vote by Mail ballot, but you do need to apply. To receive your Vote by Mail ballot by mail, the application must be received by your County Clerk by October 26, 2021. Voters can also apply in person to the County Clerk up until 3:00 pm on November 1, 2021. Casting your Vote-by-Mail Ballot You can return your completed vote-by-mail ballot one of three ways: 1. By mail: Ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday, November 2, 2021 (Election Day). 2. Using a secure ballot drop box: by 8pm on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 (Election Day) 3. In-person at your Board of Elections office: by 8pm on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 (Election Day) In-Person Early Voting New Jersey voters are now able to vote early in-person, using a voting machine, at a limited number of polling locations. Early voting will be available from October 23, 2021 to October 31, 2021. During this time, the polls will be open from 10 am-8 pm on weekdays and Saturdays, and from 10 am-6 pm on Sundays. Early voting polling locations will soon be available through the NJ Voter Information Portal. If you are currently signed up to automatically receive Vote-by-Mail ballots for all future elections but would like to cast a ballot in-person instead, you must opt-out of Vote-by-Mail. Opt-out by August 31st to ensure there is enough time to remove you from the mail-in ballot list. Contact your County Clerk to receive more information and opt-out forms. You can also contact the League of Women Voters of New Jersey at [email protected] and we will assist you in locating a form. Learn More About Early Voting Voting on Election Day Voters can also vote at their polling place on Election Day, Tuesday, November 2nd. Polls are open 6 am - 8 pm. Your polling location will be listed on your sample ballot. Voters receive sample ballots in the mail about a week before Election Day. You can also find your polling location below. Find Your Polling Location Be
Local leagues hold annual meetings and conventions to support important programs, financial and structural work. This year, these events have been recorded and put together as a collection of very informative webinars and videos that cover many topics. Here you will find the guidance and expertise to greatly benefit the operations and growth of state and local LWV leagues. All trainings are between 20 - 60 minutes in length. >> Click here to access these recorded sessions.
League of Women Voters - Berkeley Heights, New Providence Summit Membership renewals for 7/2021 - 6/2022 We are about empowering voters and defending democracy. We need you! JOIN US TODAY! Its time to renew membership for 7/2021 - 6/2022. Just click here “Get Involved” to renew or join with PayPal. Members will also receive an email invoice so you can pay by check if you prefer
The following is a recording of our LWVBHNPS March 16 program, “State of Sexual Violence in NJ” it was presented by Patricia Teffenhar. Click below to see the Zoom recording of “State of Sexual Violence in NJ” presented by Patricia Teffenhar . March 16 program “State of Sexual Violence in NJ” presented by Patricia Teffenhart Passcode to view: FQ55!G=Y
SHOUT: Poetry for Suffrage Wed., March 31, 3:00pm Singer/Songwriter and Emmy nominee Susanna Rich reads and reenacts poetry from her work Shout! Poetry for Suffrage, and NOW, Poetry for Equal Rights to celebrate both Women's History Month and National Poetry Month. Register here: https://uplnj.org/event/shout-poetry-for-suffrage/
NJ Suffrage: Reclaiming Our Voice March 4, 2:00pm Did you know that New Jersey played a key role in the fight for women's right to vote? Carol Simon Levin portrays Lillian Feickert, president of the New Jersey Woman Suffrage Association from 1912-1920. This program is supported by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities through the NJ Women Vote: The 19th Amendment at 100" initiative. Register at: https://uplnj.org/event/nj-suffrage-reclaiming-our-voice/
LWVBHNPS - March Meeting (3/16 @7:30pm) March is Women’s History Month. The violence against women inmates at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility and in and around political campaigns is front and center in the news. Our League will be hosting Patricia Teffenhart, Executive Director of the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault at its March meeting. Ms. Teffenhart will speak about the “State of Sexual Violence in New Jersey: where we are and where we need to be”. This will be a virtual . Members of our League, will automatically receive a zoom invitation. If you know others who would like to attend the meeting have them email [email protected] NJ CASA survey finds harassment, sexual misconduct pervasive in New Jersey politics - New Jersey Globe
Video Recording of the virtual screening of John Lewis: Good trouble that took place on January 17, 2021. John Lewis: Good Trouble Click here to watch the recorded discussion. Enter the passcode listed below to access the video. Passcode: =H%[email protected] This was a virtual screening and discussion held by LWV Berkeley Heights, New Providence, Summit AAUW – Summit College Club & LWV of Plainfield Area on January 17,2021
April 20th- Dr. Mitch Erickson will speak about "What does our post-COVID-19 technology world look like?" "As we cocoon at home and worry about our health, we see glimmers of our post-COVID-19 future. We will move toward a new normal. What might be different? " Dr. Erickson will focus on the technology changes that can help make our new normal a better world to live in.
March 16th- Patricia Teffenhart, Executive Director of the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault will speak about the State of Sexual Violence in New Jersey. Invitations will be sent out a few days prior to the event.
Membership meeting to review the positions the League of Women Voters of New Jersey has. The Program Planning process is one of the most important League activities of the biennium. It is an opportunity for the League to ensure our work is aligned with our issue priorities and our mission. During program planning, if League members identify a priority advocacy issue that isn't covered by our existing positions, they may recommend expanding our positions through study or by concurrence with a position of another state League. You may remember that, at our last Convention, delegates voted to concur with the Illinois LWV position on driver's certificates for undocumented drivers. As a result, we didn't have to study the issue, because we trusted the Illinois study, and we were able to immediately join our partner organizations in advocating for driving certificates for undocumented drivers. You will receive an invitation to a Zoom meeting a few days prior. You will receive the Study in Action packet a week before
LWV Berkeley Heights, New Providence, Summit AAUW - Summit College Club & LWV of Plainfield Area jointly present a virtual screening of the film John Lewis: Good Trouble with a discussion to follow January 17, 2021 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm John Lewis: Good trouble - A Virtual Screening & Discussion Register by sending an email to [email protected] prior to Wednesday, January 13th Film will be available for watching 48 hours prior to the discussion via Zoom on Sunday, January 17th at 1:30pm
The DEI section of the League Management Site has been reorganized and added to the top-level menu. We invite you to visit the DEI section on the League Management Site and explore this library of resources. There are sections for our monthly webinars, our online resource guide, training modules, and more to help League members and Leagues with their DEI journey.
The Advocacy and Litigation department is proud to present our finalized Legislative Priorities Guidance document to state and local Leagues. Our 2021 Legislative Priorities Guidance provides valuable information on the League’s anticipated priorities for 2021 state and local legislative sessions across the country. Using input we received from League leaders during our August policy webinar on legislative priorities, and additional information from previous legislative surveys, we have created this document to help you frame your work for next year. Please use these recommendations and include responses about your legislative priorities in the annual survey. The Legislative Priorities Guidance can be read on the League Management Site.
“ ‘STONY THE ROAD WE TROD’: A DISCUSSION OF BLACK WOMEN AND THE SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT” LED BY JANICE HARRIS JACKSON REFERENCES Adams, Betty Livingston. Black Women’s Christian Activism: Seeking Social Justice in a Northern Suburb. New York University Press. New York and London. 2016 Jones, Martha S. VANGUARD: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All. Basic Books. New York. 2020 Terborg – Penn, Rosalyn. African American Women in the Struggle for the Vote, 1850 – 1920. Indiana University Press. Bloomington, Indiana. 1998 Terrell, Mary Church. A Colored Woman In a White World. Ransdell. Washington, D.C. 1940 Wells- Barnett, Ida B. (Edited by Alfreda M. Duster). Crusade For Justice: The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells. University of Chicago Press. Chicago. 1970 & 2020 Wilkerson, Isabel. Caste – The Origins of Our Discontent. Random House. New York. 2020 The Women’s Project of New Jersey, Inc. (compiled by). Past and Promise: Lives of New Jersey Women. Syracuse University Press. Syracuse, New York. 1997
With its mission to promote informed voting, the League of Women Voters of New Jersey held a virtual Candidates’ Forum on September 26th for candidates seeking election to the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey’s 7th Congressional district. The Candidates’ Forum is available to be viewed at: Participating Candidates were: Tom Malinowski (D) – Incumbent Congressman for the 7th Congressional District Thomas Kean Jr. (R) – NJ State Senator for the 21st Legislative District With the support of the community, the League of Women Voters of New Jersey encourages informed and active participation in government. Unaffiliated with any political party, the league hosts Candidates’ Forums, encourages voter registration, and studies public policy issues. The League welcomes new members. Men and women of all political parties or unaffiliated are invited. Sponsoring LWV Chapters: LWV Berkeley Heights, New Providence, and Summit LWV Greater New Brunswick Area LWV Plainfield LWV Somerset/Hunterdon Counties LWV Union Area LWV Warren and West Morris Counties
Interns Elizabeth Moshkevich, Julia Haas, Member Jean Crichton, Co-President Pat Dolan Our Interns provided us with music and singing from the early days of the American Women's Suffrage Movement.
A program presented by the League of Women Voters BHNPS to help the public get informed as this issue makes its way through our State Legislature Ursula Hartwig-Flint, LWV Program Committee; Melissa Tasse, Ph.D, Neuropharmacologist; Elizabeth Ruebman, Public Policy Consultant; Sgt. Gary Webb, Jr, Squad Leader-Narcotics Strike Force; Susan Ferris Rights, Co-President LWV BHNPS.
Policy and Communications Director NY/NJ Baykeeper and Susan Ferris Rights (LWV Co-President) are shown here after the presentation "All Life Depends on Clean Water".
Thank to such wonderful women for participating in our LWV-BHNPS program "Women Running and Winning: Three Local Stories": Susan Ferris Rights, LWV President; Nadine Geoffrey, NP Town Council; Beth Little, Summit Town Council and Susan Poage, BH Town Council. And thank you to moderator Ursula Hartwig-Flint!
Berkeley Heights, New Providence Summit
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