Sunday, August 18, 2019

Celebrate Women's Equality Day on August 26th, 2019

2014 Images of Women's  Equality Day:(L-R:) Bella Abzug, Gender Pay Disparity, Silicon Valley celebration (National Women's Equality Day), Pictures of Woman's Equality Day, Rosie the Riveter, Suffragist March for Votes, Poster celebrating women's equality, women's diversity.

Women’s Equality Day
By Naomi Cramer

Naomi Cramer attended  at a Women's Equality Day event and wrote about her thoughts on Bella Abzug, the framer of the Women's Equality Day Bill.  Naomi passed away on August 19, 2017 and has been sorely missed by her League colleagues.(from League Lines, August 2014)

Did you know there was a Women's Equality Day? 

I didn't.  

But then I got an invitation to an event sponsored by the Northern Valley League commemorating that day.  The event was also to commemorate Bella Abzug, who,  as a  pioneering Congresswoman  (1971-1977)  had Aug 26 designated Women's Equality Day by the U.S. Congress.

 I contacted my Women Strike for Peace "sisters" and 4 of us went to the event.  August 26 was the day that the 19th amendment was passed in 1920 giving women the right to vote. Bella Abzug was a leader and founder of Women Strike for Peace (1961) -- an organization in the 60's - 70's that educated  about  and protested against the Vietnam War. 

Many women's organizations had representatives  at the event  giving out  literature.  
The program included women who had important elected positions in Bergen County, including Kathy Donovan and Joan Voss, and our own Mayor Lizette Parker. 

It was too bad that most of the people there were only the  representatives from the organizations giving out literature.  A local girl scout troop was there to meet with the women in government and to learn about the issues surrounding the day. 

The highlight of the event was a talk by Liz Abzug, Bella Abzug's daughter, who said that  the best way for women's equality to have meaning is if we elect more women to positions of power in government.  Ms. Abzug has for years been the director of Bella Abzug Leadership Institute at Hunter College,  mentoring and training Hunter HS and College women to become future leaders in their community. 

I questioned Liz about Bella's run for Senate in 1976, since I thought she should have stayed in the House (forever) - especially since she lost the Senate election and had to give up her House seat.  

Liz explained that Bella only lost by 1% of the vote and should have had the Times endorsement.   At the NY Times the entire editorial board voted to give Bella the endorsement but the then-owner,  Sulzberger,  refused to allow it,  so they endorsed Daniel Moynahan instead. 
---Naomi Cramer,
Director, Observers Corps,
League of Women Voters of Teaneck
August 2014

Other Women's Equality Day Resources

From top: Alice Stone Blackwell, Inez Belmont, Lucy Burns, Susan Anthony,  Alice Paul, Anna Howard Shaw, Lillian Feikart and Carrie Chapman Catt. 
All of these women were suffragists who formed the foundation of the League of Women Voters

On August 26, we celebrate the right of women in the United States to vote. It was granted in August, 1920, to honor the memory of all women, especially those who labored long and hard to obtain the vote for women.

From The National Women's History Project: What is Women’s Equality Day:

At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.” The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York.

The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. Workplaces, libraries, organizations, and public facilities now participate with Women’s Equality Day programs, displays, video showings, or other activities.


Upcoming Calendar

Meeting August 26 Barbara's house 7:30 pm

Vice President, Program Planning Arlene Gartenberg
Vice President, Voter Service
Barbara Ostroth
Secretary Joyce Jacobs
Treasurer: Zohra Jamal
Membership Shirley Sosland
Women’s History:
Margot Embree Fisher

Education: Margaret Embree Fisher 

Communication: Margot Embree Fisher,  Shahanaz Arjumand
Observer Corps
Margot Embree Fisher, Barbara Ostroth, Lisa Rose

Historian: Patricia O’Brien Libutti

Ex officio Louise Williams

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Code Girls The Story

On March 28th, the League of Women Voters of Teaneck (LWVT) celebrated Women’s History Month by hosting a public discussion centered around the book "Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II," by Liza Mundy. The U.S. Army and Navy recruited over ten thousand women from diverse backgrounds for World War II code breaking work. The “Code Girls” received military code training and then broke codes to decipher messages about enemy operations in the Atlantic and Pacific. Their endeavors were held to be “war-shortening”; their achievements remained a secret for fifty years due to the confidentiality oath each took.
Margot Fisher, Director, Women’s History for the League of Teaneck, began the evening with an unusual fact: her own mother was a Code Girl. She shared film clips from the March 22, 2019 Library of Congress Veteran’s War History Project "Code Girls Reunion.” Ms. Fisher also relayed anecdotal experiences that her mother, whose story is included in the book, shared with her family many years later.
About 40 people attended, including several members of other Bergen County leagues and Township book groups. Lively discussion took place on issues ranging from the personal feelings and experiences of the “girls” (actually young women recruited from colleges and teaching positions), intricacies of breaking different codes
and changing attitudes towards women in the military.
Suzann Harpole Embree with her daughter, Margot Embree Fisher and Bill Nye, "The Science Guy," whose mother was also a Code Girl. They were at the Veteran's History Project (VHP) "Code Girls Reunion" held at the Library of Congress on March 22, 2019.

Code Girls: The Ads

Officers at Annual Meeting Meeting

The LWVT Annual Members' Meeting and Dinner took place on June 10 at Margi Hirschberg's home. Sixteen members and guest savored the dinner from Jerry's, selected by Louise Williams.
At 7:30, guests Jackie Kates and Barbara King were introduced by Barbara Ostroth. Jackie spoke about "Age Friendly Teaneck" and Barbara King added details about the LWVNJ Convention.
The business portion began with Arlene Gartenberg leading. The budget was passed, ideas and plans for the coming year were briefly outlined, to be fleshed out in the August meeting.
Prominent among ideas was the coming 100th anniversary of the
LWVUS and the 2020 elections,
A slate of officers and directors was approved as follows:
Vice President, Program Planning Arlene Gartenberg
Vice President, Voter Service
Barbara Ostroth
Secretary Joyce Jacobs
Treasurer: Zohra Jamal
Membership Shirley Sosland
Women’s History:
Margot Embree Fisher
Education: Margaret Embree Fisher
Communication: Margot Embree Fisher Shahanaz Arjumand
Observer Corps
Margot Embree Fisher, Barbara Ostroth Lisa Rose
Historian: Patricia O’Brien Libutti
Ex officio Louise Williams
After all the positions I have worked with the LWVT---the stop is now Historian. Our 70th anniversary oi in 2022-and the LWVUS's anniversary is 2020, probably Feb. 14th.
I found at Rutgers University Libraries LWVNJ Collection, TEANECK the letters, annual reports and studies that I am after. There were also materials from ILO.
If anyone in the League has a personal collection and would let me classify it, that would be welcome to the history effort.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

League 1970 book: This is Teaneck: A Community Handbook

The “Know Your Town” and “Know Your School” titles were publications done by many Leagues in the 50s through 70s. They were a major service to citizens across the USA.
This book record in Amazon shows what Teaneck did, at least one title. Rutgers University has more in their Special Collections Archives—-the whole New Jersey League Collection , in Alexander Library, New Brunswick, under Dr. Fernanda Perrone.

The files of League of Women Voters, Teaneck 1952-1985, are contained in Box 40, files 1-3, should anyone be curious.
“Know Your School” ( Leonia, 1968-69;
“Englewood Schools” (1968) and
“Ramapo Area Schools, Franklin Lakes, Oakland, Wyckoff,”(1971-72 )
are in the Sinclair collection of the Archives.

Teaneck’s titles included “This is Teaneck: A Community Handbook”(1961) and “Our Teaneck Schools: A Reference Book on the Local School System”( 1964).The 1970 title on the community was done with the Town Council, and is in our local library.
Maybe for the upcoming Teaneck Township History, there is a step beyond locating the books that you can provide.
If you have high quality PICTURES in PRINT, not digital, 1952—-1980 ( not later) of the ILO with LWVT members in them, too, we would appreciate your lending them.
Write Jay Levin, compiler/writer.,about the pictures and books for consideration for the “History of Teaneck”, to be published by Arcadia Press, and is anticipated in early 2020.
If the material is used, your contribution will be acknowledged in the book. And l know, from writing/collating a modest LWV Teaneck history, that getting the pictures out from attics and boxes is the hardest part. It’s even harder than reconciling facts.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Fall 2018 Voter Registration Album