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Womens 100th Anniversary to Vote

Herself360 continues to participate with Suffrage100Ma in commemorating the upcoming 100th Anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, which states:  “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

The journey for women’s rights was difficult and complicated and is not done; the work continues.

Herself360 had the amazing opportunity to be able to see this documentary about Blanche Ames Ames when it first came out at Stone Hill College in February of this year.  It was an amazing film about an unbelievably talented woman.  Kevin Friend did an extraordinary job depicting her mastery in all of the things that she undertook.  Once this coronavirus thing ends, if you have a chance to see it, do yourself a favor and go.  You will not be disappointed.  And to know that such an amazing woman lived right here in Massachusetts and we can still visit her home and see all the things that she did makes us so proud.

Blanche Ames Ames SuffragistWho Is Blanche Ames Ames?

Blanches Ames Ames was a pivotal strategist for women’s suffrage.  She was an effective political cartoonist.  She was a foremother of the women’s reproductive rights movement. She was an inventor, a gifted painter, an illustrator and so much more. 

One of her granddaughter’s remarks that Ames conveyed mastery and authority in everything she undertook. Yet her 1969 New York Times obituary headline obscures her prominence, reading “Mrs. Oakes Ames Botanist’s Widow” with the subhead, “Illustrator of Her Husband’s Works on Orchids Dies.”

Two years ago one of Ames’ relatives approached documentary filmmaker Kevin Friend to consider making a film about Borderland.  Friend grew up in Sharon and lives in Easton. He’d been aware of the park his whole life, however, he says, “What I was not aware of was Blanche.” Friend says at first he envisioned a story in equal measure about Ames and her husband, the famed Harvard orchid expert (also an Ames but no relation). Then after a little research, he says, “I was immediately fascinated by this woman.”

The first five minutes of “Borderland: The Life & Times of Blanche Ames Ames” sets a swoon-worthy tone for audiences hungry for dynamic women role models. For the remaining 45 or so minutes Blanche Ames Ames never disappoints.


Blanche Ames AmesCREDO 
of Blanche Ames Ames

I believe in the Motherhood of God.
I believe in the blessed Trinity of Father, Mother and Child.
I believe that God is here, and that we are as near him now as we ever shall be. I do not believe He started this world a-going and went away and left it.
I believe in the sacredness of the human body, this transient dwelling place of a living soul, and so I deem it the duty of every man and woman to keep his or her body beautiful through right thinking and right living.
I believe that the love of man for woman and the love of woman for man, is holy; and that this love in all of its promptings is as much an emanation of the Divine Spirit as man's love for God, or the most daring hazards of the human mind.
I believe in salvation through economic, social and spiritual freedom.
I believe John Ruskin, William Morris, Henry Thoreau, Walt Whitman and Leo Tolstoy to be Prophets of God, and they should rank in mental reach and spiritual insight with Elijah, Hosea, Ezekiel and Isaiah.
BlancheI believe we are now living in Eternity as much as we ever shall be.
I believe that the best way to prepare for a Future Life is to be kind, live one day at a time, and do the work you can do the best, doing it as well as you can.
I believe there is no devil but fear.
I believe no one can harm you but yourself.
I believe that we are all sons of God and it doth not yet appear what we shall be.
I believe in freedom -- social, economic, domestic, political, mental, spiritual.
I believe in every man minding his own business.
I believe that men are inspired today as much as men ever were.
I believe in sunshine, fresh air, friendship, calm sleep, beautiful thoughts.
I believe in the paradox of success through failure.
I believe in the purifying process of sorrow, and I believe that death is a manifestation of Life.
I believe there is no better preparation for a life to come than this: do your work as well as you can, and be kind.
I believe the Universe is planned for good.
I believe it is possible that I will make other creeds and change this one, or add to it, from time to time, as new light may come to me.