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.
Wilmer Kearns marched in the men’s division, and his wife Edna and his daughter Serena in the Quaker division of the 1913 suffrage march or “procession” the day before the inauguration of Woodrow Wilson, the US president elect.
“An Unfinished Revolution: Edna Buckman Kearns and the Struggle for Women’s Rights” follows the perspective of Wilmer Kearns in the memoir and family history published by his granddaughter Marguerite Kearns in 2021, a book from SUNY Press (State University of New York).
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US citizens have been celebrating Women’s Equality Day for decades. Courtesy: National Women’s History Alliance.