Suffragettes Pardoned

Bastille Day spells prison for sixteen suffragettes who picketed the White House. Miss Julia Hurlbut of Morristown, New Jersey, leading the sixteen members of the National Womans Party who participated in the picketing demonstration in front of the White House, Washington, District of Columbia, July 14,1917, which led to their arrest. These sixteen women were sent to the workhouse at Occoquan, on July 17, 1917, upon their refusal to pay fines of $25 each, but were pardoned on July 19, 1917.


“When I was about 25 years old, I worked with two very good actors. The encounters were brief, but I’ve remembered them both with great admiration. Wanda Ventham and Timothy Carlton both embodied qualities which one is fogyishly tempted to look at with nostalgia. Along with very considerable talent, they had elegance, glamor, wit, kindness and decency.

I didn’t know at the time that they were married or that they had a son of about 10 who was quietly gestating all the same attributes. And now, 30 years later, the boy has been let loose. He has taken the form of Benedict Cumberbatch.

His parents’ qualities are on rampant display. It’s rare to the point of outlandish to find so many variables in one actor, including features which ought to be incompatible: vulnerability, a sense of danger, a clear intellect, honesty, courage — and a rather alarming energy. I take no pleasure in feeling humbled, but there’s no getting around it.

He must be stopped.” -Colin Firth

Happy Birthday, Benedict Cumberbatch ♡ ~ July 19, 2014

Thank you for all your brilliant work on screen and the lovely person you are off screen. Sincerely, The Cumbercollective


July 19th 1848: Seneca Falls convenes

On this day in 1848, the Seneca Falls Convention on women’s rights convened in New York state. A pivotal moment in the history of first wave feminism, the event was organised by feminist campaigners Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Mott and Stanton, both abolitionists, were inspired to hold the convention when their gender barred them from speaking at the 1840 World Anti-Slavery Convention in London. The 1848 convention was attended by over two hundred women. On the first day, Stanton read the ‘Declaration of Sentiments and Grievances’ to the attendees, a document which closely followed the 1776 Declaration of Independence, placing women’s rights at the centre of notions of American freedom and equality. As the original declaration listed American grievances with the British throne, so did Stanton’s detail men’s crimes against women, which included denial of the ‘inalienable right’ to vote, unfair marriage laws, and unequal education and work opportunities. On the convention’s second day, men were invited to attend and address the crowd, the most prominent of whom was black abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Indeed, Douglass eloquently argued for the inclusion of female suffrage in the convention’s resolutions, a measure which was backed by Stanton but opposed by Mott. Seneca Falls galvanised the incipient women’s rights movement, and was followed by annual women’s rights conventions. Female suffrage was finally granted in 1920, with Charlotte Woodward Pierce being the only signer of the Declaration of Sentiments living to see this achievement. 

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal”
- Declaration of Sentiments