A Toast of Thanksgiving to US suffrage activists!


by Franco Salzillo

The American social reformer and activist Susan B. Anthony once said, “There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers.” We’ve made some progress when it comes to equality, but not without a struggle.

Because there’s still a long road ahead, everyone must come together every day to fight for what’s right. Here’s a gorgeous drink recipe to toast to to those who came before us, because I can’t think of a better reason to raise our glasses.

Toast with a lovely Berry Baby Bellini, a berry-scented and fizzy alcohol-free cocktail. This is a colorful drink that’s both fun and memorable, the perfect concoction for our very special toast.

Berry Baby Bellini Recipe Serves 5, time 5 minutes


  • 1 cup assorted berries: blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, or similar
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 bottle of sparkling apple cider, alcohol-free
  • 5 flute stemmed glasses or tall glasses


  1. Add half the berries and sugar into a small bowl or container. Combine with a spoon and muddle until you get a smooth puree.
  2. Add two teaspoons of berry puree to each glass and fill halfway with sparkling apple cider. Stir gently.
  3. Add a few whole berries to each glass, top with cider, and serve.

About the author

Franco Salzillo is a food and wine writer, and a certified sommelier with ten years of experience in the hospitality industry. He’s at his best when recommending toasts to our US suffrage activists!

We had to share this information with you!

We’re celebrating Inez Milholland, the US suffrage martyr, who knew and worked with Edna Buckman Kearns in New York State suffrage organizing. There’s a chapter about Inez in the upcoming book, An Unfinished Revolution:Edna Buckman Kearns and the Struggle for Women’s Rights by Marguerite Kearns.

Writer Doris Stevens knew our national suffrage martyr Inez Milholland, and she wrote about her in her classic 1920 book, Jailed for Freedom.

RIGHT HERE: Link to the Soundcloud recording.

LetsRockTheCradle.com has sponsored a reading from Stevens’ book, and now we’re passing on the news. It’s a classic, and one available to you FREE.

For more information about Inez Milholland: InezMilhollandCentennial.com

Suffrage Wagon News Channel, our sister site, has been online since 2009. Edna Buckman Kearns knew Inez Milholland and worked with her in NYS. There is a story about Inez in the upcoming memoir and family history by Marguerite Kearns that is expected to be published in 2021 by SUNY Press in Albany, NY. Stay tuned!

Were there other US suffrage martyrs?

Step forward to volunteer and help dig into history to find examples of US women who gave their lives for our right to vote. We know they are out there, but the circumstances didn’t necessarily identify them so clearly as in the case of Inez Milholland. Contact Marguerite Kearns at this web site to help. See contact information.


Inez Milholland, our US suffrage martyr, isn’t being forgotten during 2020. She is found in the news media. A mountain is now named after her (Mt. Inez) in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. Artists love Inez. The image of her riding a horse to lead the 1913 women’s suffrage parade is found among the illustrations of numerous books and magazine articles.

Consult the web sites, among many, that cover Inez: InezMilhollandCentennial.com  InezMilholland.org

Inez Milholland featured on new book site—”An Unfinished Revolution”

The story of U.S. suffrage martyr Inez Milhollland, as featured in the web platform, InezMilhollandCentennial.com, has been moved to the book web site, Unfinished-Revolution.com. The book to be published by SUNY Press in June 2021, features Inez Milholland in one of the chapters. Edna Kearns worked with Inez Milholland during the early women’s rights movement.

Marguerite Kearns and Robert P.J. Cooney Jr. were co-coordinators of the centennial observance of the centennial of Milholland’s death in 2016, a project of the National Women’s History Alliance. The documentary about Inez Millholland, released in 2016 by Wild West Women, has been distributed widely around the nation and beyond.

Inez Milholland is still an inspiration for young women! Past efforts on Milholland’s behalf.

Inez Milholland is one of many early women’s rights activists making an appearance in theatrical performances. One example is “19: The Musical.” For more information: 19themusical.com

In the event you aren’t aware of past efforts on Inez Milholland’s behalf, 2016 was the 100th anniversary of her death. Here’s one video used in that campaign.

We supported presidential citizens medal for Inez Milholland on Vimeo.

Video about Inez Milholland inspires action across the US!

Art work by Meneese Wall whose art series on 2020 covers a wide range of participants!

Video about reviving the support for Inez Milholland who gave her life for women’s voting rights.

Revive the support for Inez Milholland, the U.S. suffrage martyr! from Marguerite Kearns on Vimeo.

Revive the support for Inez Milholland, the U.S. suffrage martyr! from Marguerite Kearns on Vimeo.

Song about Inez Milholland! Plus related tributes to the suffrage activists!

U.S. Women—in the final push for equality! on Vimeo.


“If You Had Seen Inez” is a musical tribute to suffrage martyr Inez Milholland.

To review this and other suffrage related songs, go to www.lindasongs.com/suffrage. There, you can listen to Failure Is Impossible, a collection of traditional suffrage songs, and Here’s to the Women!,  recently composed songs about the early women’s rights movement.  Purchase digital downloads of any of the songs, or hard copies of Here’s to the Women!  If you need .wav files of either collection, email Linda about digital transfer.

Here’s to the Women features a variety of personalities and movers and shakers: On “Emma and May” learn about two very different activists—  “If You Had Seen Inez” is a tribute to Inez Milholland.  In “Night of Terror” there’s the drama of the jailing of activists at Occoquan Workhouse.  “Bubble and Squeak” honors movement cookbooks.  Call 360-920-7533 for more information.