The WordPress world, and the bloggers who live in that world, have been so good to me! In just a few short days, 5 in fact, according to the countdown widget, I’ll be meeting with women that I’ve come to know through blogging. Energized excitement is flowing from Canada to New Zealand to California all the way to Virginia and DC.
There are many others who blog on WP that I’ve come to know and love, and today I want to tell you about one of them – cat lovers, pay attention! Suffragette Kitty is written by Louisa May Alcatt “a reincatation of one of the world’s most notable women”. LMA is “a tortie with cattatude, who despite a 125-year cat nap, remains passionate about women’s rights”.
A visit to Suffragette Kitty offers a great education about many of history’s notable women. I’m always inspired and in fact, after reading one post, was moved to donate to Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House. What a fascinating family the Alcotts were!
Just the other day, the mail carrier delivered inspiration for my campaign from LMA and her publicist (Maureen, the writer of the blog). The Votes for Women items seen in these photos are a reminder that not only was there a time when women were not able to vote; they were also of course, not able to run for office.
LMA tells me that Marmee – Abigail May Alcott – lobbied for a woman’s right to vote from age 16 until her dying day at 77. While she never lived to see her dream come true, she paved the way for women today. LMA says “in my opinion, Marmee was an unsung Women’s Rights Activist”. I love this sachet and hope, that as LMA intended, that it brings me luck.
Thank you, LMA, for this wonderful gift, which brought a huge smile to my face and warmth to my heart.
I feel truly blessed.
Thank you, Noelle! This gift was such a lovely, lovely surprise!!
Fab – I’m backing you to win!! 🙂 I visited, another fun post all about mountains of snow……. are you sure you are snow free, or should I pack my skis? Another fun fact from my little part of the globe, women were granted the vote in 1893 the first country to do so apparently. Three days to go for me! xoxo
Pauline, can you believe it! Three Days!
I’m working on that Saturday gathering so be sure you have the contact info for your friend in Arlington.
I thought of you this morning as I took a photo of the blooming yellow forsythia! No snow!!
Marvelous!! I just finsihed a documentary series on suffragettes and felt a little embarrased that there was a lot I did not know…
And I cannot wait to see all those posts about you guys meeting each other!! You all must be so excited!! Have Fun, xo Johanna
It is incredible how little we all know about those brave women who fought so hard for Women’s Right. Even more amazing is how much we all take for granted the freedoms we have.
And yes! I cannot believe we’ll all be gathering in less than a week!
We’ll all be sharing photos, I’m sure 🙂
Great post Laurie 🙂 I hope all of you have a great time next week and say hello to everyone for me. Last but not least everyone have a drink for me 🙂
I sure wish you were able to be able to join us, Joe! We’ll definitely raise a glass to you AND will text a picture!
Can you believe I actually wrote a post? I am so behind on everyone’s blogs and email.
Oh my ….
You are the busiest person I know Laurie and I would have a very hard time keeping up with you 🙂 I like the sound of all of you rasising a glass to me and a text sounds great 🙂
Another reason why I love Wyoming, it was the first State to allow women to cast their vote. Great stuff!
Right on Wyoming!
So glad you visited today to see this cool gift from LMA and Orchard House.
Women voters and delegates ca only be a plus for everyone! Have great fun together Laurie and look fwd to hearing all about it!
Thanks Patti, I know we’ll have a blast!
I can’t tell you how much I am missing the visits to other blogs like yours! Thanks for checking in on me 🙂
I admit I know nothing of the women who struggled that I vote. Something I need to learn! Love the dishes! Have a wonderful time meeting everyone!
Hi Mae, check out this Wiki link about Iron Jawed Angels. This movie really brings home the fight and the terrible treatment that the suffragettes endured! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Jawed_Angels
I can’t wait to see everyone (even though I’ll be having to find time to campaign in the middle of the visit …)
First place where women got to vote, New Zealand 😀
Right on New Zealand! Pauline, from The Contented Crafter in New Zealand was just telling me about that. What a progressive county!
Wonderful post, Laurie, and definitely excited for you and the group as you get closer to your big meet-up! What a blast! Can’t wait to hear all about it 😀
Stacy, how far are you from DC? Close enough to come have lunch with us this Saturday the 4th???
(I can’t remember)
I knew there was a reason I chose Friday and not Saturday to get my hair cut and colored 😜 Laurie, seriously???? What a lovely thing to ask. I mean, I wouldn’t want to crash your party (so to speak)! But what fun!!! Actually, I was planning on going into DC to watch and shoot the 7th Annual International Pillow Fight (no kidding 😄). It starts at 2:30 on the grounds of the Washington Monument. Can you imagine? So if you and the rest of the group would be okay with a “newbie,” I’d love to met you all!
Excellent! Just sent a message with details via FB message
What a pleasure reading this post. When I attended community college, we had the option of taking a class called Women’s History. It was US History, taught by a woman, but with a focus on all the history and contributions of women left out of the traditional teachings. She was one of the hardest graders I ever had, but everyone flocked to her class. It was fascinating. Great post!
Sounds like a great course! Tough teachers / professors make for the best learning, in my opinion. Glad our girl made it to DC – phew! Counting down madly until Friday!
I agree, Laurie.
Petals has had quite the day, poor dear. Glad she made it and now Pauline is on a plane, too. Hope her trip is uneventful. See you Friday! xox
Wonderful post (don’t know where you find the time!). Looking forward to meeting you this weekend…hoping for blooming blossoms and warmer temps!
Thanks so much for helping me find a place for lunch on Saturday! Our cameras will be working hard that day 🙂
You are right about the time … this campaign, in addition to work and everything else is a challenge to my spirit (loss of time with friends and the camera and the bike). I’m committed to my platform though so I’ll find a way!
I may have said this before, but it bears repeating – YOU are an inspiration, Laurie, and I am so happy to have met through the blogosphere. I wish I could vote for you for real, but know that you will always have my vote in spirit.
And I love LMA, and have been to Orchard House. I love Concord, Mass. and knowing about this incredible pocket of forward-thinking people who lived there are the same time.
Don’t worry about being behind on blog reading, we all know that you are busy trying to make the world a better place. I raise my metaphorical glass to you! Go, Laurie!!
Mary, can you come live with me and keep me boosted, positive, and energetic?
You are so good for the soul!
I’d love to get to Orchard House someday. I’ve learned so much from LMA!
Hi LB !!! (waving here).
Hard to imagine such a time right? I guess there are still countries that frown on the woman’s roll in politics or even driving…yeeesh, we are so luck to be born where we are. The first realization I had of what a Suffragette might be was of course ‘Mary Poppin’s’…..Mrs Banks sings boisterously, “We’re clearly soldiers in petticoats. Dauntless crusaders for woman’s votes. Though we adore men individually, we agree that as a group they’re rather stupid”. Now, if anyone sang those words they’d be shouting “Injustice!!!” from the rooftops over at Fox News, LOL I’ll have to get over and check that site tonight, gotta run now xoxoxo
I too think of Mary Poppins when I hear the word Suffragette. Thanks for reminding me of the words to that song.
In reality, the movie glamorized what the suffragettes went through to get Votes for Women!
You are so right … it is hard to imagine!
Glad you arrived to DC! Hope you slept and feel rested before you head out to visit the city!
I’m a big fan of Ms. Alcatt and I always learn such wonderful things from her posts!
I completely agree and was thrilled to receive her gift!
How are you Susan? I’ve missed visiting your blog!!
Thanks Susan, and we are big fans of yours, xo LMA
I have a “Votes for Women” teacup and saucer! I think it’s VERY important that we remember what our foremothers gave us–going to check out the LMA blog! Have a wonderful time with your blog pals–wish I could be there!
It would be so fun to have you with us! We’ll all be posting, I am quite confident 🙂
And yes, we absolutely need to remember those who fought to give us the freedoms and the rights that we enjoy and expect. Now to keep working on equality in terms of pay!!
I think you could paraphrase a bit and make a great campaign slogan- – Laurie Buchwald – votes for women and women’s issues. Votes by women will elect her!
Love this idea, Liz! I might have to buy a few more of those buttons!
I agree. Brilliant idea, LMA
It was so much fun putting this package together for you. I work at Orchard House and have had this idea for awhile. One day, I decided I was just going to do it. When my coworkers asked what I was doing, they got so excited and were running around Orchard House thinking of things to add to your package. Imam thought of finding Marmee writings on votes. When we decided on adding a Marmee doll for good luck, we realized we were out, but Esther unearthed one – the very last one – in the storage area. The others were so excited watching it come together and learning about you. Esther carefully wrapped everything and walked it to the post office. She is thrilled nothing broke (nothing did, did it?) because she has been worried ever since that she did not pack it well enough.
You know we’re rooting for you, not just because you’re a women, but you have a brilliant campaign, a caring heart and a lot of knowledge that so many will benefit from. Thank you so much for stepping up and doing what needs to be done. As one of your commenters has said, you truly are an inspiration, xo
Ooooh, what a fun backstory! This adds so much to Laurie’s post.
Hoping that you saw the message that I sent, but in case not, YES, everything arrived safely and in perfect condition!
Your support and friendship mean so much to me! Thank you for everything! I’m ordering more of those buttons and giving them out to friends 🙂
I have enjoyed reading LMA’s posts and I always find myself getting a little more educated. Women are simply amazing. What luck to be born into the tribe.
I totally agree! and you are also right about LMA’s comments adding to the post. Excellent!
Great post….but I MUST have that adorable teapot!! smile.
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