Friday, April 19, 2019

New: Online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement

Police arresting pickets Edna Dixon and Lavinia Dock in a crowd, August 1917.
Library of Congress.
Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, giving American women the right to vote.

Tens of thousands of women worked to make that happen, and most of their stories have been unknown--until now.

The first installment of the crowd-sourced Online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States is now available. When complete, the online dictionary will include the biographical sketches of at least 3,000 suffrage activists.

I contributed a biographical sketch of Edna Dixon, a Silent Sentinel. Here's my contribution to this fantastic new resource.




Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Wishful thinking about landfills


Ours is a consumer economy. That’s a misleading term, since much of what we “consume” ends up in landfills. And although state and federal regulations have improved landfills over the last 50 years, they still pose problems. They take up space, can change the behavior of flora and fauna, and are environmentally destructive in the long run.