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Louise Bernikow

About Louise Bernikow


Louise Bernikow, author of 9 books and a former Fulbright fellow, has been speaking on the suffrage movement in New York City on various campuses, including P.S. 10 in Brooklyn, where fourth graders loved the horses in the parade pictures.

Currently a Fellow at the Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, she is writing a book about suffrage and the city.

You can learn more about her work at her webpage.

Cradle to Torch: How Women Won New York


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2013-11-18-icon-thumbThe anniversary of the New York victory for woman suffrage (1917-2017) in the not too distant future is prompting proud talk of our state as “the cradle of women’s rights,” which is true enough but only half the story. The phrase refers specifically to the revolutionary movement that began in the small northern town of Seneca Falls in 1848 and was propelled by visionaries like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Matilda Joslyn Gage, and Frederick Douglass.

That early movement was “cradled,” as in “nourished in its infancy,” by geography. Cities and towns like Rochester and Seneca Falls were the “north star” of the Underground Railroad, places packed with Abolitionists and Quakers and radicals of all stripes. The population nurtured the young women’s movement and provided a base from which its standard-bearers could venture forth to persuade the rest of the nation. Continue reading