98 Years Ago Suffragettes Triumph #WomensEqualityDay

Niney-eight years ago women finally won the right to vote, a triumph of the suffragette movement that went on for sixty years!

womens equality day graphic

2018 Women’s Equality Day graphic from the National Women’s History Project

It still boggles my mind that it took sixty years of courageous activism from several generations of women before they were finally granted the right to vote. The arc of justice certainly does move slowly.

suffragette with sign

Yeah, they were justifiably angry. (Suffragette With A Sign
@ Therealdarla)

It all started with the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, called by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. (Date corrected 8/27/18.)

The movement struggled for decades, but the tide turned during and after World War I. The Nineteenth Amendment was passed by Congress on May 21, 1919, before being sent to the states. On August 18, 1920, Tennessee voted and the amendment was ratified. Women voted for the first time that November.

In 1971, feminist and Congresswoman Bella Abzug introduced a resolution designating August 26th as Women’s Equality Day, and the resolution passed.

I feel it’s important that women remember the long struggle to win the right to vote. There are still forces in society that would like to stifle our voices. Voting is one way we can make our wishes known to our elected representatives. We learned in the last election, that matters can be decided by a relatively few votes, bringing home the lesson that every vote really does count.

Are you registered for November? I am and I intend to vote.


PS Since it’s also National Dog Day, here’s a picture of my puppy, Callie. I celebrated by making a donation to the Humane Society on Facebook.

Callie sitting

Callie, my rescue pup

Victors, Villains & Vixens: @OCCRWA Birthday Bash

2017 Bithday-Bash

The Orange County, California, chapter of Romance Writers of America (OCCRWA) is having its annual Birthday Bash on October 21. Keynote speaker is author Damon Suede who will speak on the topic of Reader’s Block.

Damon’s talk focuses on the modern romance industry, the radical shifts in readership and fandom and how they’re altering what success looks like for professional authors. Genre fictioneers often grouse about writer’s block but more and more what we encounter is something more akin to reader’s block: an unwillingness to step beyond our ruts or move past the shadow of our steeples.

Romance is the literature of hope, simultaneously the most traditional and most provocative of genres. Our industry is evolving, but not necessarily in the obvious ways. Tribalism and division cost us market share and media access. In a world expanding and connecting at an exponential rate, where do books land? Who are the readers of tomorrow? What is the future of love stories and genre fiction careers? Join us for a free-range discussion of the art of heart and the business of happy endings.

In the morning, four published authors (Debra Holland, Brenna Aubrey, Maggie Marr, Damon Suede) speak on a panel about What Made the Difference in their writing careers.

Important Details:

Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017, starting at 9AM

LM at Harry Potter WorldParticipants are encouraged to come in costume and enter the costume contest! Dress as your favorite victor, villain or vixen. I’ll be wearing my Ravenclaw robe along with a witch hat and carrying my wand of wisdom.


Embassy Suites – Brea
900 East Birch Street
Brea, California, 92821


OCC Member- $50
Non-OCC Member-$60
OCC Past President- $30

Pay online by October 18th to reserve your spot and choose you lunch entree at http://occrwa.org/chapter-meetings/birthday-bash/

Price includes a sit-down lunch with a choice of menu.

Chicken Mediterranean Lunch
Vegetarian Lunch
Gluten-free Lunch

Additional activities include a Friday night write-in, cover contest, costume contest, a chance to win prizes in our big annual raffle including an Amazon Kindle and a free one-night stay at the Embassy Suites, and Saturday night pajama parties.

OCC will also be announcing the winners of their Orange Rose and Bookbuyer’s Best contests. And there will be birthday cake!

For more information including a detailed schedule or to reserve a space, go to http://occrwa.org/chapter-meetings/birthday-bash/.