Reviewers & feature writers: “An Unfinished Revolution”—information

In order to spread the word about An Unfinished Revolution:Edna Buckman Kearns and the Struggle for Women’s Rights, can you lend a hand? Review copies and publicity inquiries are available through SUNY Press. Kate Seburyamo is in charge of the publicity and review copies for An Unfinished Revolution. Contact her at kate.seburyamo at

We need to get the word out in the midst of a changing world. Help by volunteering to write a review. Contact Marguerite.

Author Robert P.J. Cooney supports “An Unfinished Revolution”

“Edna and Wilmer Kearns’ story resonates deeply today both as a slice of history and as a rare glimpse of the kind of domestic relationship, based on equality, that helps move society forward. The women’s suffrage movement was a determined drive for liberty and women like Edna were engaged as in battle.  They needed backup and critical support to keep going, and men like Wilmer were there to give it. He was Edna’s partner and his story reflects the experiences of men across the country who quietly shared women’s long campaign for freedom.  This revealing personal account confirms the fact that cooperation and love are necessary elements to empower changemakers and shape a better future.

Robert P. J. Cooney, Jr.,

Author, “Winning the Vote: The Triumph of the American Woman Suffrage” Movement”

In the 2020 election, Americans came out of the woodwork to vote. Let’s keep the momentum going!

Quaker bonnets—are they still in style?

When Wilmer Kearns met Edna May Buckman in center city Philadelphia at the turn of the 20th century, she was wearing a Quaker bonnet. Plain dress and speech were on the decline, although in many instances Quakers maintained the simplicity testimony to include plain speech and dress. Today, plain dress is having a revival, as this video from “Quaker Speak” points out. For Edna Kearns, her Quaker bonnet reflected her commitment to the Religious Society of Friends. Later in life, she adopted conventional dress.

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Videos from 2016 and the 100th anniversary of Inez Milholland’s death…

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

These two videos from 2016 illustrate the hard work invested in observing the 100th anniversary of Inez Milholland’s death in 1916.

A star for Inez Milholland, America’s women’s suffrage martyr on Vimeo.

Significant portions of “An Unfinished Revolution” by Marguerite Kearns were written at Collected Works, a popular Santa Fe, NM book store. Support independent book outlets like Collected Works.

Quakers arrive in Philadelphia—video

The ancestors of Edna Buckman Kearns arrived in the Philadelphia area in 1682 with William Penn who envisioned the city as a “Holy Experiment” expressing Quaker principles and values. The Buckman family was the largest family group on the ship Welcome. At that time, Penn considered Pennsylvania an “experiment,” and the success or failure of this experiment has engaged the attention of scholars and many Americans since then.

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Quakers and the Lenni Lenape women

The equal status of women in Native American culture wasn’t unknown among Quaker women in the Philadelphia area. This is part of the story of a Quaker family in a transitional period of history. This is highlighted in the work, An Unfinished Revolution: Edna Buckman Kearns and the Struggle for Women’s Rights.

The story of Charles Harper Buckman and his own personal experiment with experiencing the prejudice and discrimination expressed by the dominant culture in Pennsylvania led him to better understand the women’s rights activism of his wife, May Begley Buckman, and his daughter, Edna May Buckman (Kearns).

The demise of the Lenni Lenape settlements in Philadelphia, for example, didn’t erase the memory of the Native presence in Pennsylvania and the role model of Lenape women who took on the role of peacemakers in their culture.

Support August 26th (Women’s Equality Day) becoming a national holiday.

Women’s History Month starts today!

The National Women’s History Alliance has information, suggestions, sample proclamations, books, memorabilia, and much more to help you celebrate every March.

And don’t forget March 8th—International Women’s Day!
SUNY Press will release the book on June 1, 2021.

The women’s history magazine, above, is published by the National Women’s History Alliance.

We need help spreading the word about An Unfinished Revolution: Edna Buckman Kearns and the Struggle for Women’s Rights.” Also we’re wondering about a collective dream of making August 26th (Women’s Equality Day) a federal holiday. If not now, when? Find out how to support August 26th becoming a national holiday by consulting the prompts in the women’s history magazine published by the National Women’s History Alliance.

Woodstock, NY hosts a year-long celebration of women’s rights activism

The Historical Society of Woodstock presented the first program of its year-long celebration of women’s rights activism in October of 2020,, with plans to continue the celebration in 2021. The Historical Society has not yet announced the dates for its continuing program festival.

Marguerite Kearns participated in a Zoom panel discussion on October 10, 2020 that highlighted previous suffrage activists with Woodstock connections (Elisabeth Freeman and Edna Kearns).