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.
July 24, 2021. Live one-hour interview with host Carol Boss and Marguerite Kearns on KUNM public radio, “Women’s Focus.” 12-1 p.m. Mountain Time. You can listen online at kunm.org/programs/womens-focus
July 28, 2021. Free zoom reading of book at Bookworks, 6 p.m. Mountain Time. See ad below for registration.
Also, you can purchase the book, An Unfinished Revolution: Edna Buckman Kearns and the Struggle for Women’s Rights at their bookstore. You can also order a copy through Bookworks, the independent bookstore in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
An Unfinished Revolution: Edna Buckman Kearns and the Struggle for Women’s Rights has been released by SUNY Press (State University of New York) in 2021. It’s an example of passing the torch from one generation to another.
We believe in SISTERHOOD and sharing the burden of achieving equality by way of the diversity of activists working for freedom and equality.
Stay up to date with the exhibition of the Spirit of ’76 suffrage campaign wagon at the New York State Museum. Visit SuffrageWagon.org for updates, publishing since 2009.
SuffrageCentennials.com (publishing since 2013) emphasizes that suffrage or voting rights concerns us.
Follow the exhibition plans for the Spirit of ’76 suffrage campaign wagon used by Edna Buckman Kearns and others in New York City and Long Island during 1913. It is part of the “Passing the Torch” campaign to spread the word of the book published by SUNY Press (State University of New York) in 2021. The work highlights the wagon history. Check with SuffrageWagon.org for news of when the suffrage wagon will be on exhibit next.
The Spirit of 1776 is a suffrage campaign wagon used by Edna Buckman Kearns and other voting rights activists. It has been on exhibit at the New York State Museum in Albany, New York since 2017. This past week the wagon artifact was returned to the museum warehouse for a rest from so much light. It will be exhibited again in the future.
Find out about the reading by Marguerite Kearns on July 28, 2021 at Bookworks, 6 p,m, Mountain Time. Admission is free. Sign up at:
Support August 26th (Women’s Equality Day) becoming a national holiday. Creating another federal holiday is termed as “extremely difficult.” Spread the word. After the outpouring of support during 2020 for the centennial celebration of the Nineteenth Amendment, this is the time to act. If not now, when?
Check out the comments of one reader of “An Unfinished Revolution” in this link.
We’re putting ourselves on the line to give support to August 26th becoming a national holiday. This is the time. Women’s Equality Day is when we commemorate the August 26th to celebrate the Nineteenth Amendment to the US Constitution. In 1971, Bella Abzug (D-NY), threw her support behind and it passed the US Congress in 1973, to designate August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.” The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote.
We support August 26th becoming a national holiday!
Book, “An Unfinished Revolution: Edna Buckman Kearns and the Struggle for Women’s Rights,” features the challenges of the turn of the 20th century.
Edna and Wilmer Kearns’s great granddaughter, Tara Bloyd, has this to say about how Edna Kearns has impacted her life:
“As a college freshman, I joined with others in marches, a die-in, and more to protest the Gulf War. We didn’t succeed in stopping the war, of course, but I still felt like I had done what I could and saw the power of joining with like-minded individuals to try to make a difference. As young parents, my husband and I took our two sons to environmental protests and marches — showing them that we have a responsibility to work for what we believe in and to better the world. My toddlers became teenagers, and one is now in his twenties, and they know that their actions can make a difference; they can’t just defer to the status quo when it’s unacceptable. Our Quaker faith supports these beliefs, showing us the importance of direct action to make the world a better place.
“Every time I march, protest, talk with people about a cause one-on-one, donate to goals dear to my heart, or write, and especially when I’m feeling down-hearted, I think of my great-grandmother. Edna Buckman Kearns faced struggles far more severe than mine, and she persisted. She marched, wrote, spoke, went far outside her comfort level, developed skills necessary to get the job done, and saw the results of her actions culminate in a clear and definite victory. Reading “An Unfinished Revolution” helps me feel closer to Edna and to the generations of women who worked before, with, and after her on the quest for equal rights. I’ll never be famous, and Edna wasn’t either — but her nonstop grassroots organizing and work inspired me, and can now inspire other readers also. The environment is my issue — I want my kids and all kids to have a liveable world — and when I want to give up I think about all the barriers women (and men) faced on the quest for suffrage. The outcome was never guaranteed, and Marguerite’s book shows the struggles Edna and Wilmer faced in their love, parenthood, activism, and more. If they could keep going, day after day and year after year, so can I. So can we all.”
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 sunypress.edu