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I have been writing and blogging about my Quaker activist grandmother since 2009. As the 2020 centennial of women's voting rights approaches, I'm determined to make sure that Quaker women have participation and a presence in the local, state, and national festivities during 2020.

February has Quaker Susan B. Anthony’s birthday, plus a Quaker woman’s cookbook!



A link to an article about what happened when a judge in upstate New York told Quaker Susan B. Anthony to sit down and shut up during her trial for illegal voting in 1872 in Rochester, NY.


Here’s a Valentine’s Day gift idea —a Quaker woman’s cookbook— that goes beyond chocolates and greeting cards. It’s a revised edition that brings home the concerns of Quaker women of the past. And there are plenty of Quaker women today heating up their stoves to produce goodies in the present.

If you’ve ever been to a Quaker Meeting potluck, you know what we’re talking about. Here’s an overview of the cookbook that’s helpful in figuring out why it might make a terrific gift. It’s a little early for Valentine’s Day, but not by much.


“In this long-awaited paperback edition, food historian William Woys Weaver revises and expands the lengthy material that supplements a reprint of Elizabeth Ellicott Lea’s 1845 cookbook Domestic Cookery. In his introduction, Weaver reveals new information on Lea, her Quaker world, and her cookbook. A glossary traces the origins and histories of the foods in Lea’s book, placing them in cultural context. The cookbook is a quintessential example of rural American folk cookery of the nineteenth century, representing a mingling of southern Pennsylvania and Tidewater cuisine. Modern kitchen conversions are included.”


If you live in the Philadelphia area, you should know about Vision 2020 that has been in the process of planning special events and celebrations during August 2020. Our sister web platform, is a resource for writers, bloggers, journalists, teachers and others devoted to spreading the word about the 2020 women’s vote centennial. is a partner of Vision 2020.


A lot of work is already underway to celebrate the 2020 first wave centennial!


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As Quaker women we are not yet in the forefront of planning for the 2020 centennial of women’s voting rights in the United States. It isn’t too late. A great deal has been going on behind the scenes for several years. There haven’t been many Quaker women involved in this first phase. However, this is our last opportunity to get involved because August 26, 2020 will be upon us before too long.

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Take a look at this link of resources which will give you an idea of what’s going on now. Important Links.

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Brainstorm with others about how you can schedule an event, a program, publish a letter to the editor of your local paper, schedule a speaker or workshop. Has your Quaker Meeting had a member or attender who was involved in the US suffrage movement? Did they march in the Quaker division of women’s suffrage parades? I bet you didn’t know that both Quaker women and men were involved. That’s another reason to follow

Why have Quaker women taken a back seat in the 2020 festivities?



As Quaker women, we haven’t taken a back seat. We only haven’t shown our spirit in writing ourselves and our ancestors into history as the nation prepares for the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment in 2020. The celebrations across the nation in 2020 will represent a highly visible presidential election year when women will be in the limelight. Our first step involves the recognition that we must get busy. Join us!

Getting started writing Quaker women into history!

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This year, 2019, is the time to write Quaker women into history so that this legacy will be visible during 2020, the 100th year of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution. We’re getting started by spreading the word. And that is—how are we bringing Quaker women into our awareness as 2020 approaches? We have all of 2019 to get ready and nail down the details.


It’s a new year in 2019. Add a Quaker women revival to your resolutions!


We’ll be bringing you news about Quaker Women preparing to participate in the 2020 suffrage centennial. The first wave of women’s rights history in the United States had significant participation from Quaker women. Sign up to follow our postings.


Photo of Quaker woman in the lobby of the National Park Service’s statue display in Seneca Falls, New York. Photo: