Several of the songs from the presentation of Here’s to the Women can be found in Linda’s 9th CD by the same name, shown below. Feel free to enjoy a couple of cuts off of the album below as you browse through this page, or order the CD or individual tracks as you wish. Lyrics to songs from this and all of Linda’s albums can be found on her lyrics page
League of Women Voters
State Convention, June 2019
The silencing of women’s experience and the empowering of women’s voices as they struggled for the vote are showcased in this entertaining and educational presentation featuring songs, images, stories and readings. We meet among others: Helga Estby who walked across America in 1896, Suffragists Emma Smith Devoe, May Arkwright Hutton, Alice Paul and Inez Milholland, Rosie, the Riveter, and more known and unknown women.
To learn about the women and men who shaped our history through images, stories and songs.
To have fun, learn, and sing along with music that highlights and celebrates women’s history, particularly relating to Suffrage.
To acquire a list of resources that will deepen your understanding about the struggle for the vote.
To book this presentation in your area or get more information about the performance, please email October Rose Productions. You can also call us.
Dr. Linda Allen is a songwriter, performer and educator who has been a voice for women since the late 1960s through songs, concerts and workshops. She has done research and presentations for the Washington Women’s Heritage Project, the Women’s History Consortium, the Humanities Commission, the Washington Centennial Commission and multiple museums, schools, libraries and other venues. Her songs, workshops and multi-media presentations on women’s work, history, spirituality and current challenges span twelve recordings of original songs and tours throughout Washington and beyond.
(Visit Linda’s Biography page to learn more about her extensive background in the arts, music, spirituality, and women’s history.)
This recording was originally made in 2010 for the KSPS, Spokane, documentary, “Courage in Corsets: Winning the Vote in Washington State”. There are eight traditional suffrage songs recorded by my daughter Kristin and me, accompanied by Phil Heaven. I recently discovered this recording, and am happy to share it! I’ve renamed it, “Failure is Impossible: Songs of the Suffragists.” Below is a sample from the album.
Suffrage Centennial Art Work by Meneese Wall. Find a selection of these beautiful 5 x 7 cards in our Suffrage store. Additional products for celebrating the Suffrage Centennial are also available, including Susan B. Anthony dolls, the Iron-John Angels DVD, and my “Here’s to the Women” CD. Stay tuned as we add more products!
must see music video (About 6 Minutes)
Lady Gaga: A Bad Romance - Women’s Suffrage: A Lady Gaga, Alice Paul Music Video Mashup. Outstanding! Be sure and visit their website for lyrics, activities, and curriculum.
Bold Spirit: Helga Estby’s Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America, by Linda Lawrence Hunt. Linda Hunt’s story inspired the song, “Helga Estby”.
First Woman. Inspired by Hillary Rodham Clinton's historic campaign, the NWHP has published a special Commemorative Edition, First Woman, to pay tribute to women's long and distinguished record in government and public service. I first learned about this beautiful little book at the 2019 NWHA Inaugural Conference.
More than Petticoats: Remarkable Washington Women, by L.E. Bragg. 1999. An introduction to sixteen remarkable women.
Pots and Politics: An Historical Cookbook from the Suffragists to the Equal Rights Amendment, Washington State Women’s Political Caucus-1976. See Linda’s song “Bubble and Squeak”, inspired by recipes in this book.
Remembering Inez: The Last Campaign of Inez Milholland, Suffrage Martyr. Selections from The Suffragist, 1916, Edited by Robert P.J.Cooney, Jr. Hear “If You Had Seen Inez” below.
The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, by Elaine Weiss. An excellent non-fiction book that I couldn't put down! It covers the battle for ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in Tennessee....and what a battle it was! It's being turned into a 6-part series under the direction of Hillary Clinton and Steven Spielberg in 2020. Highly recommended!
The Women’s Suffrage Movement, by Sally Roesch Wagner and introduction by Gloria Steinem. The book includes two centuries worth of historical texts that offer an intersectional exploration of women’s suffrage. In the introduction, Glora Steinem writes, “Wagner takes us into the rooms, writings, and discussions where white and black women and black men, all fighting for legal personhood and full citizenship, were both a miracle of shared purpose, despite all the lethal forces keeping them apart, and later a tragedy of division that echoes in the need for intersectionality and inclusion to this day.”
The Year We Were Famous, by Carole Estby Dagg. Excellent for a younger reader, and everyone who is intrigued by the story of Helga and Clara. Written by Helga’s great-granddaughter.
Winning the Vote: Triumph of the American Woman Suffrage Movement. Robert P.J.Cooney, Jr. The definitive work on the women’s suffrage movement, full of beautiful pictures, illustrations, and narrative. Truly the bible of women’s suffrage literature.
Winning the West for Women: The Life of Suffragist Emma Smith Devoe. Jennifer M. Ross-Nassal. “At long last, here is a full account of the life of Emma Smith DeVoe, the powerhouse in engineering the successful woman suffrage campaign for Washington State in 1910. A winning strategist in a minefield of activists and opponents, her story exposes the complications of western politics a century ago.” Karen Blair, Central Washington University.
Women's Suffrage in America, by Elizabeth Frost-Knappman and Kathryn Cullen-Dupont (1992). Good overview of the national movement.
Women’s Votes, Women’s Voices: The Campaign for Equal Rights in Washington by Shanna Stevenson. Published by the Washington State Historical Society in celebration of 100 years of the vote in Washington State.
Documentaries and movies
Courage in Corsets: Winning the Vote in Washington State. This is the story of the women whose personal courage, political savvy and sheer tenacity won the vote for all women in Washington. It is the story of women of all races, creeds and economic status who banded together to improve the quality of life for themselves and their communities; to convince men of the benefits of women's voting rights; and to breathe new life into the national campaign. Their stories profoundly affect every woman in America to this day.
I was commissioned to record traditional Suffrage songs for this project, along with my daughter, Kristin Allen-Zito. A copy may be purchased by clicking here.
The Divine Order. (2017) Switzerland, 1971. In a small village, the women begin organizing for the vote.
Inex Milholland: Forward Into Light. This beautiful fifteen minute documentary is by Martha Wheelock, who included one of Linda’s songs in the sound track. Go to Wild West Women, distributor of historical and current films about women’s history, artists, creations.
Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony (1999). A PBS documentary about these remarkable friends and activists. This link will take you to a three-minute trailer of the movie, which can be purchased on Amazon.
One Woman, One Vote. This PBS documentary documents the 72-year struggle for women's suffrage which culminated in the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. It illuminates the alliances, infighting, betrayals and defeats that paved the way for victory in the battle for women's right to vote. Historical footage is enhanced with vocal performances, and interviews with historians provide the viewer with both current and historical perspectives. Click on the above link for a YouTube trailer, or purchase the DVD at worldcat.org
Here’s to the Women! Twenty songs commemorating women’s journey to justice, including native weavers and pioneer quilters, Suffragists and labor leaders, domestic workers and Rosie the Riveters.
HerStory - Earth Mama. Joyce Rouse is my friend who writes and sings powerful songs that sing like anthems in the heart. Here's her new CD, prepared for the Women's Suffrage Centennial.
Hurrah for Woman Suffrage, The Homespun Singers present 40 minutes of historical women’s songs.
Recipe for Justice: A Musical Readers Theatre Celebrating Washington Woman Suffrage Centennial, script by Susan Butruille, original songs by Linda Allen. Although the musical was limited to one production, many of the songs are now on the CD, “Here’s to the Women!”. We will be adding additional songs from the musical to the web site in the future.
May's Vote. Emma Smith DeVoe and outrageous May Arkwright Hutton, who worked side by side – but seldom eye to eye – to win the vote for women in Washington State in 1910. I loved this play!! And my song, “Emma and May” (see below), was played at the beginning. Click here for contact information, or email Barbara Callander about this and other plays at: email@example.com, or call her: 240-893-3666.
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2020 Women's Vote Centennial Initiative (WVCI). The 2020 Women's Vote Centennial Initiative (WVCI) serves "as a central organizing and information-sharing entity for programs, projects, and activities that commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, educate the public on the legal and social advances resulting from the amendment, and stimulate dialogue to address the ongoing fight for women's rights."
Celebrating 100 Years of Women Change Makers. Visit this lively and fun site to learn about what’s happening across Washington State during this year’s centennial celebration. The Washington State Historical Society and the Women's History Consortium have joined forces to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment and to celebrate women change makers across Washington State through 2020.
Centennial Celebration Facebook Page. Great information and resources as we celebrate 100 years of the vote!
How Women Won the Vote - Volume 1 and Volume 2. Wonderful overview of the suffrage movement as well as a chronicling of 2019 and 2020 events planned or in the planning stages. The nice thing about this resource is that it’s in a downloadable format that allows for direct access to the links listed. Check out this resource!
Lyrics to a collection of traditional suffrage songs.
Music in the Women's Suffrage Movement. Wonderful article from the Library of Congress. You can also choose to have it “read” to you which is fun. Check this out!
National Women’s History Alliance. Visit this site for more information about plays, other presenters and products related to women’s history.
National Women’s History Museum. (NWHM). Telling the stories of women who transformed our nation. through a growing state-of-the-art online presence and a future physical museum to educate, inspire, empower, shape the future, and provide a complete view of American history.
Library of Congress. Check out the selected images from the where the image above was taken.
Rainwater Storytelling. with Eva Abram. “I offer original solo theatrical performances that are entertaining and engaging for audiences aged six to adult. Actual or composite characters share stories about the making of American history. The well researched presentations highlight contributions these people made to the growth and strength of our nation. The presentations are minimally staged, often in costumes appropriate to the time period. Presentation length 45 minutes including Q & A.” - from the Rainwater Storytelling website.
Suffrage Centennial.com. Started in 2013, this site is a clearing house for information, announcements, and features about local, state, and national suffrage celebrations, programs, performances, events, news and views. Regular postings, plus video and audio highlights.
Vision 2020: National Women’s Equality Initiative. Vision 2020 will lead Women 100, the national centennial commemoration of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, granting women the right to vote, which will take place in Philadelphia in 2020.
Washington Women’s History Consortium. Best resource for 2010 Suffrage celebration in Washington State.
With Suffragist Lyrics to Patriotic Songs, Women’s Chorus Brings History to Life in Paducah. As Americans celebrate Women’s History Month, the Women’s Suffragist Centennial Chorus is traveling across Kentucky to share the history of women’s right to vote, ramping up to a larger celebration in 2020 for the centennial of the ratification of women’s right to vote. Read more. . .
Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative (WVCI). From their website: “[A resource for] programs, projects, and activities that commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, educate the public on the legal and social advances resulting from the amendment, and stimulate dialogue to address the ongoing fight for women’s rights.”
Can you find the women hidden in the banner at the top of this page? Just like throughout history, women have been hidden in plain sight. But they are emerging. Just as in this banner, all you need to do is look.
More resources will be posted in the months ahead and throughout the 100th anniversary year!