Feature Photo: South Merrick, New York, USA. Woman runs uphill late afternoon at Norman J Levy Park & Preserve, Long Island.
To celebrate this month: Women’s History Month – and today: International Women’s Day, here are a few of the memorable women, including my daughters Sue and Laurie, I’ve photographed over the past dozen years. Click each photo to see larger image:
New Paltz, N.Y., October 16, 2019. Childhood friends JUDY MCCARTHY KENNEDY, who’s a singer and ukulele player, and (not shown) Ann Parry, the photographer, visit historic Mohonk Mountain House. Trip was birthday gift from Parry’s daughter. (@ 20219 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com) click image to see color version
1911 – International Women’s Day is first celebrated in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, on March 19th.
1913 – Russian women observe the first International Women’s Day on February 23, which is then changed to March 8th. In 1914, women across Europe – including in London, UK – hold rallies expressing women’s solidarity.
1975 – The United Nations starts celebrating International Women’s Day.
2001 – site launches to re-energize movement and to provide guidance and resources, and adopts an annual campaign theme.
Women’s History Month 2021: “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced”
When I covered the January 15th “Our First Stand Rally” at Westbury supporting the Affordable Care Act, both of my daughters were participants. And when I photographed the January 24th visit to Sen. Schumer’s L.I. office in Melville by the activist group Together We Will Long Island, my older daughter, Sue Moller, was the TWW-LI admin there. These were the first times my daughters happened to be involved with political events I covered.
Protest marches, resistance events were certainly helping raise awareness of protestors’ reactions to the Trump administration’s goals and actions, but advice from Bernie Sanders and some others strongly stuck in my mind: Protesting isn’t enough. “Resistors” need to run for office and to help fellow activists run for office.
Then, after covering two more events – the January 30th Press Conference when Nassau County Democratic Party leaders endorsed LAURA CURRAN for N.C. Executive and JACK SCHNIRMAN for N.C. Comptroller, and the TWW-LI “Politics 101” Event – I heard exciting news: My daughter Sue was running for Hempstead Town Council!
SKIPPER the Jack Russell terrier was one of many celebrators dressed in patriotic red, white and blue when awards were handed out, and the 60th Annual Miss Wantagh Pageant crowning ceremony was held, following the Wantagh Independence Day Parade yesterday morning.
In 1958, when Clayton was 18, she was Miss Congeniality and First Runner Up in the New York State pageant of Miss America. But Miss Wantagh isn’t a beauty pageant. It crowns a Wantagh resident in high school based mainly on academic excellence and community service.
Officials included Hon. CHRISTOPHER QUINN, Supervising Judge of Nassau County Court; ERIN KING-SWEENEY, Town of Hempstead Councilwoman; STEVE RHOADS, Nassau County Legislator, District 19; and ELLA STEVENS, the Miss Wantagh Pageant Coordinator.