Join us during 2019 to start planning how you, your Quaker monthly, yearly, and regional meetings can participate in the 2020 national celebration of 100 years of women voting in the US. Many Quaker women were involved. Let’s bring our terrific history out into the light.
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: QuakerWomen.com
We’re invisible. That’s right. This is an appeal to Quaker women in the United States and around the nation to change this.
DOES ANYONE CARE?
Do Quaker women even deserve a mention during 2020 then the nation recognizes 100 years of US women voting?
It matters today. More Quaker women than ever are losing touch with their history and the legacy of democratic decision making in our communities. According to the statistics, they are not in our favor. Current predictions indicate that Quakers in the US and Canada have lost significant numbers of our membership base in the last 30 years. There are predictions that by the end of the 21st century, Quakers may be in the position of dinosaurs.
WHAT IS AHEAD FOR US?
We can start by looking carefully about where we are and where we are headed. One place to begin is by reclaiming our interest in our heritage and our future. Many Quakers never heard of Alice Paul, the Quaker woman who played a pivotal role in the ratification and passage of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution.
More Quakers than ever are losing touch with our history and the legacy of democratic decision making in our communities. The membership statistics are not in our favor. Churches in general have experienced serious declines in membership, financial support, and participation. This is what we want to change!
It’s time to set things right. We’re considered quaint, irrelevant, and since many Quaker Meetings haven’t brought in new members in numbers essential to our survival, it’s time to begin a serious re-assessment.
Current statistics and trends suggest that Quakers in the US and Canada lost a dramatic percentage of their membership base in the last few decades. Friends Journal has been following this trend, and the articles addressing this topic have inspired significant numbers of comments. There are predictions that by the end of the 21st century Quakers will be in the shadows and possibly on extinction lists. These reports aren’t examples of hysterical venting. The statistics are available in the archives of Quaker organizations in the Philadelphia area and beyond.
WHAT’S AHEAD FOR US?
We can bury our heads in the sand. That’s unacceptable. We have a choice, and one path open to us is to start in our own Quaker communities by remembering the role of Quaker women in the first wave of the women’s rights movement in the US. A first step is to sign up to receive our posts about Quaker women, apply the information about what you can do locally, statewide, and nationally. Join in the conversation and take action. The Swedes have a phrase for this…dig where you stand. Are there enough Quaker women out there to care abut this situation and then take action? Let’s see!