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In Honor of Father's Day
This year, as we celebrate the 95th Anniversary of women in the United States winning the right to vote, we want to also acknowledge the men who worked for woman suffrage and who worked and are continuing to work for women's rights.

Men Who Supported Women's Rights Quiz
This 25 Question Quiz is a fun way to learn about some of the men who have supported women's rights.

  1. In 1775, this Revolutionary-era patriot wrote an essay supporting women's rights. In An Occasional Letter on the Female Sex, he wrote "[T]he women, almost -- without exception -- at all times and in all places, adored and oppressed. Man, who has never neglected an opportunity of exerting his power..."
  2. At a time when married women did not have any property rights, he introduced a bill to grant married women the right "to hold and control property" in the New York State Legislature in 1837.
  3. This Quaker father was an important role-model for his famous daughter, and provided her with financial and moral support in her work for abolitionism and women's rights.
  4. A Unitarian minister, he was one of the most a well-known abolitionist and reformers on the national scene. He preached the first women's rights sermon in 1845.
  5. As early as 1847, as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives, he supported women's right to vote; and in 1868 as a member of U.S. House of Representatives, he introduced a constitutional amendment conferring the right to vote on women.
  6. The patriarch of one the wealthiest and most prominent Black families in Philadelphia, this 19th century activist used his considerable wealth to support progressive causes including abolitionism and women's rights.
  7. One of the strongest voices for abolitionism, this free Black man attended the first women's rights conference in 1848 and supported the controversial issue of woman suffrage. He continued working for woman's suffrage throughout his life, including a speech at a women's rights conference on the day he died in 1895.
  8. In 1850, as a member of the Indiana Constitutional Convention he was instrumental in securing to widows and married women control of their property, and later succeeded in passing a state law giving greater freedom to women in divorce.
  9. He preached a sermon, Women's Right to Preach the Gospel, in 1853 at the ordination of Antoinette Brown, the first woman to be ordained a minister in the United States.
  10. On February 26, 1861, this self-made man presented a college board with half of his fortune and a deed for 200 acres of land to be used to build one of the first women's colleges in the United States.
  11. A Cayuga chief, while addressing the New York Historical Society in 1866, he encouraged white men to use the occasion of Southern reconstruction to establish universal suffrage, "even of the women, as in his nation."
  12. He helped draft the constitution of the feminist American Equal Rights Association in 1865, and served as vice-president of the New Hampshire Woman Suffrage Association. In 1868, he was co-editor with Elizabeth Cady Stanton of The Revolution, published by Susan B. Anthony.
  13. This man, who represented California in the U.S. Senate, introduced a joint resolution proposing an amendment that would enfranchise women on January 10, 1878. He was good friends with both Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.
  14. A Native American who served as director of the Rochester Museum of Arts and Science, he gave a brief argument for modern American women to consider in 1909: "...that the red woman that lived in New York state five hundred years ago had far more political rights and enjoyed a much wider liberty than the twentieth century woman of civilization. . . "
  15. He helped found the Men's Equal Suffrage League in 1910 and was President of the Men's Equal Suffrage League of New York State when he delivered his famous commencement address at Bryn Mawr in 1913, titled Woman Suffrage and Why I Believe in It.
  16. To help women in California win the right to vote in 1911, this wealthy Pasadena banker founded the Political Equality League. He was very successful in recruiting prominent business men to join the California Woman Suffrage campaign which mobilized thousands of local supporters.
  17. In the 1920 U.S. presidential campaign leaflets addressed "To the Woman Voter" were distributed that praised this imprisoned Socialist Party presidential candidate for his long time commitment to women's rights including his support of votes for women, equal pay in the workplace, and a stance against the criminalization of prostitution.
  18. In 1972, this world-famous singer-songwriter recorded a song with his wife that includes these lyrics:
    "We insult her every day on TV
    And wonder why she has no guts or confidence
    When she's young we kill her will to be free
    We put her down for begin dumb . . . "
  19. A famous sport journalist, he wrote an article, "Why I Support the ERA" that appeared in the October 1975 issue of Ms.Magazine.
  20. A poet and community organizer, he has been credited with creating the foundation for Chicano letters and literature. He wrote An Open Letter to Carolina, in which he reflected on relations between women and men from his perspective as a Chicano.
  21. At the Equal Rights Amendment rally in Washington, DC in 1981, this award- winning actor gave an impassioned speech calling on the American people to take action to protect the rights of their daughters, wives, sisters and mothers by working to make the ERA the 27th Amendment to the US Constitution.
  22. A gender equity specialist since 1985, he has hosted a national anti-sexist men's conference, served on the board of the National Organization for Men Against Sexism, and served as a volunteer at the Tucson Rape Crisis Center.
  23. Founder of the Woman Suffrage Media Project in 1993, he spent nearly 20 years researching and writing about the drive for equal rights, resulting in his landmark book, Winning the Vote: The Triumph of the American Woman Suffrage Movement.
  24. A contemporary American sociologist, he is editor of Men and Masculinities, spokesperson for the National Organization for Men Against Sexism, and the co-author of Against the Tide: Pro-Feminist Men in the U.S., 1776-1990.
  25. This award-winning documentary film maker combines the art of the visual medium with an investigation of social issues. He received an Academy Award nomination for Documentary Short Subject for his first film, Sewing Women, an oral history of his mother testifying to her extraordinary tenacity, inner strength, and courage.

Answers

  1. Thomas Paine (February 9, 1737- June 8, 1809)
  2. Thomas Herttell (1771-1849)
  3. Daniel Anthony (1794-1862)
  4. Samuel Joseph May ( September 12, 1797-July 1, 1871)
  5. George Washington Julian(May 5, 1817-July 7, 1899)
  6. Robert Purvis (August 4, 1810-April 15, 1898)
  7. Frederick Douglass ( February 1818-February 20, 1895)
  8. Robert Dale Owen(1801-1877)
  9. Reverend Luther Lee (November 30, 1800-1889)
  10. Matthew Vassar (April 29, 1792-June 23, 1868)
  11. Dr. Peter Wilson, (1761-1837)
  12. Parker Pillsbury (September 22, 1809-July 7, 1898)
  13. Aaron A. Sargent (September 28, 1827-August 14, 1887)
  14. Arthur Caswell Parker (April 5, 1881-January 1, 1955)
  15. Max Eastman (January 4, 1883-March 25, 1969)
  16. John Hyde Braly ( 1839? - ?)
  17. Eugene Victor Debs (1855-1926)
  18. John Lennon (October 9, 1940-December 8, 1980)
  19. Howard Cosell (March 25, 1918-April 23, 1995)
  20. Abelardo Delgado (1947- )
  21. Alan Alda (January 28, 1936)
  22. Timothy Wernette (1947-)
  23. Robert P. J. Cooney, Jr. (November 27, 1950-)
  24. Michael Scott Kimmel(1951-)
  25. Arthur Dong (October 30, 1953-)

A Mother's Day Message from SiSters in Society (SiS)
What is something we all want more of? What is something that we cherish and is difficult to put a price on?

There may be several answers, however TIME is our answer.

As Mother's Day weekend approaches, SiS, the Women's Committee of the Society of Energy Professionals, IFPTE Local 160 would like all of our union sisters to consider the concept of time. Time is a commodity that we simply do not have enough of. We wish we had more time…more time to sleep or more time in the day to get all of your work done or more time to exercise or read a book or have a bath or enjoy a favourite beverage, etc. The reality is time is of the essence!

Yesterday there was a posting of a little boy who asked his dad how much he made an hour. To make a long story short, the little boy was trying to save up enough money to buy an hour of his dad's time. He wanted his dad to come home early from work and spend some time with him. Wow! Can you imagine how much that little boy wanted some time?

This Mother's Day weekend we would like to encourage you to spend some time with the special women in your life. These women may be younger than you or have more Earth experience than you, they may be family or friend or both. They may be a colleague or a neighbour or a childhood friend. These are the women who have cared for us, have mentored us, inspired us, listened, supported, encouraged and stood by us during different times of our lives. It is also important that we make time for those who we inspire, support, encourage, mentor, nurture and mold.

We all have these special women in our lives that hold a place in our hearts and memories. Take time this weekend to connect with these women. It may be a phone call, a handwritten letter or card, it may be a let's do lunch, the spa, grab a coffee or go for a walk. You will be amazed at how reaching out to one of these women in your life will not only make their day but it will also remind you of how important these women are to you.

Time is an unknown, priceless commodity. We cherish it, we want more of it and in the end we don't know how much we have. Time is of the essence!

On behalf of SiS, we wish you all a very Happy Mother's Day! Enjoy your time.

May Highlights in US Women's History
May 1, 1950 - Gwendolyn Brooks becomes the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, named Library of Congress's Consultant in Poetry (later called Poet Laureate) in 1985

May 5, 1938 - Dr. Dorothy H. Andersen presents results of her medical research identifying the disease cystic fibrosis at a meeting of the American Pediatric Association

May 6 - 12 Nurses Week

May 8, 1914 - President Woodrow Wilson signs a Proclamation designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day

May 10, 1872 - Victoria Woodhull is nominated as the first woman candidate for U.S. president for the Equal Rights Party

May 12, 1968 - A 12-block Mother's Day march of "welfare mothers" is held inWashington, D.C., led by Coretta Scott King accompanied by Ethel Kennedy

May 21, 1932 - Amelia Earhart Putnam becomes the first woman to complete a solo-transatlantic flight by flying 2,026 miles from Newfoundland toIreland in just under 15 hours

May 21, 1973 - Lynn Genesko, a swimmer, receives the first athletic scholarship awarded to a woman (University of Miami)

May 29, 1977 - Janet Guthrie becomes the first woman to qualify for and complete the Indy 500 car race

May 29, 1943 - "Rosie the Riveter" by Norman Rockwell appears on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post

May Birthdays
May 1, 1830 (1930) - Mary Harris "Mother" Jones, labor leader and organizer

May 3, 1894 (1989) - Phyllis Greenacres, psychoanalyst, interest in physical maturation and psychological development in children led to study of gifted infants, wrote "Swift and Carroll" (1955), a biographical study in applied analysis

May 3, 1898 (1987) - Septima Clark, educator, civil rights activist, called "The Grandmother of the Civil Rights Movement"

May 3, 1901 (1981) - Estelle Massey Osborne, first African-American nurse to earn a master's degree, integrated the American Nurses Association and served on its board of directors (1948-52)

May 3, 1912 (1995) - May Sarton, prolific writer, poet, and memoirist, published in "Poetry" magazine at 17 years of age, she also taught at several universities including Harvard and Wellesley

May 5, 1864 (1922) - Elizabeth Seaman, pen name "Nellie Bly," investigative journalist, wrote expose of mental asylum (1887), set a record for circling the world in 72 days (1890)

May 5, 1942 (1998) - Tammy Wynette, country music singer, after first success in 1967 had more than 20 songs go to #1, Grammy Award for "Stand By Your Man" (1968)

May 8, 1910 (1981) - Mary Lou Williams, jazz composer, became piano chair and writer for Benny Goodman (1931), wrote "The Zodiac Suite" for jazz ensemble, played it at New York's Town Hall (1945)

May 9, 1906 (1994) - Sarah Boyle, Virginia writer, supported immediate integration in 1962 with "The Desegregated Heart," was arrested and jailed in St. Augustine (1964), railed against age discrimination in the 1970s and 80s

May 9, 1907 (1978) - Kathryn Kuhlman, evangelist and faith healer, known internationally for her faith healing; somewhat controversial, she hosted regular services in Los Angeles, and later developed radio and television programs.

May 9, 1917 (2013) - Fay Kanin, screenwriter, nominated for Academy Award for "Teacher's Pet" (1958), won two Emmy Awards for "Tell Me Where It Hurts" (1974) and for producing "Friendly Fire" with Carol Burnett (1979), second female president of the Academy of Motion Picture Artsand Sciences (1979-83)

May 10, 1897 (1985) - Margaret Mahler, psychoanalyst, developed the separation-individuation theory of child development and the Tripartite Treatment Model in which the mother participates in the treatment of the child

May 11, 1875 (1912) - Harriet Quimby, first American woman to become a licensed airplane pilot (1911), first woman to fly across the English Channel (1912)

May 11, 1894 (1991) - Martha Graham, modern dance innovator and choreographer, first dancer to perform at the White House

May 11, 1906 (1975) - Ethel Weed, military officer in the Women's Army Corp., promoted women's rights and suffrage in Japan

May 12, 1907 (2003) - Katharine Hepburn, actor, performed for more than 60 years, won four Academy Awards for best actress including "The Philadelphia Story" and "On Golden Pond," named top American screen legend of all time by American Film Institute (1999)

May 14, 1890 (1983) - Margaret Naumburg, progressive educator, founded theWalden School in New York, early pioneer of art therapy, developed Dynamically Oriented Art Therapy

May 15, 1937 - Madeline Albright, first woman U.S. Secretary of State (1997-2001)

May 18, 1970 - Tina Fey, television writer, producer, and actor, first female head writer for "Saturday Night Live" (1999), creator of television series "30 Rock", youngest winner of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor (2010)

May 19, 1930 (1965) - Lorraine Hansberry, first African-American woman to produce a play on Broadway, "A Raisin in the Sun" (1959)

May 20, 1894 (1988) - Adela St. Johns, journalist and screen writer, covered the Lindbergh baby trial, abdication of Edward VIII, and the Dempsey-Tunney boxing match; wrote celebrity interviews

May 20, 1899 or 1900 (1991) - Lydia Cabrera, Cuban artist, created a legacy of preserving Afro-Cuban culture, beliefs, rituals, songs, stories, and language

May 24, 1898 (1986) - Helen Taussig, pediatric cardiologist, first woman full professor at Johns Hopkins (1959), helped create the Blalock-Taussig shunt, a surgical technique which corrected "blue baby" syndrome, contributed to the ban on thalidomide in the 1960s, first female president of the American Heart Association (1965), awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom

May 25, 1905 (1995) - Dorothy Wesley, librarian and historian, one of the first African- American women to earn a master's degree in library science (Howard University, 1932), as curator of the Moorland-Spingarn Collection at Howard University, she helped it become a world renowned resource on the history and culture of African-Americans.

May 25, 1910 (1997) - Mary Keyserling, economist, Director of the Women's Bureau of the Labor Department (1964-1969), Executive Director of the National Consumers' League (1938), and personal advisor to Eleanor Roosevelt in the Office of Civilian Defense

May 25, 1928 - Mary Wells Lawrence, first woman executive of an advertising firm, first female CEO of a company traded on the New York Stock Exchange, named Advertising Woman of the Year (1971)

May 26, 1916 (1976) - Helen Kanahele, labor organizer in Hawaii, worked with the Women's Auxiliary of the International Longshoreman's and Warehousemen's Union (1949-51) and the United Public Workers union, subpoenaed before the Territorial Committee on Subversive Activities in the 1950's because of her labor organizing and opposition to the death penalty

May 26, 1924 (1977) - Thelma Hill, dancer, choreographer, educator, co-founder of the New York Negro Ballet Company (1954), one of the founders of the dance troupe that became the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, after an injury focused on teaching dance

May 26, 1951 (2012) - Sally Ride, astrophysicist, first American woman astronaut

May 27, 1907 (1964) - Rachel Carson, scientist and environmentalist, wrote "The Silent Spring" which became a cornerstone of the modern environmental protection movement

May 27, 1909 (1997) - Mary Fieser, organic chemist, co-wrote the textbook "Organic Chemistry" in 1944, and the series "Reagents for Organic Synthesis" (1967-1994) a constantly updated standard laboratory reference

May 28, 1913 (1989) - May Swenson, poet, first published in 1954, wrote 11 volumes of poetry (plus four published posthumously), showed a great love of the outdoors and nature, writer-in-residence at several universities including Bryn Mawr and Purdue University

May 28, 1922 (1999) - Lucille Kallen, television comedy writer, novelist, wrote humorous skits with Mel Tolkin for Imogene Coca and Sid Caesar (1950-54), also wrote for Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Dick Van Dyke, wrote mysteries in her late 70s

May 30 or 31, 1910 (1989) - Maria Teresa Babin, Puerto Rican writer, poet, literary critic, and educator, taught in U.S. schools and universities as well as in Puerto Rico

May 31, 1912 (1997) - Chien-Shiung Wu, renowned physicist, first Chinese-American elected to National Academy of Science (1958), first woman elected President of American Physical Society (1975), received National Medal of Science (1975)

May 31, 1924 (1985) - Patricia Harris, lawyer and ambassador, first African-American woman to: hold a Cabinet position, Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare (1979-83), serve as an Ambassador (Luxembourg, 1965), and head a law school (Howard University, 1969)

March, 2015
Monday, March 23, 2015 marked the 41st Anniversary of the creation of the Coalition of Labor Union Women. Here is a brief 2:00 highlight of how CLUW was born and the work that we have done throughout our history. Read More >