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Matilda is Springing up Everywhere!

Matilda is around every corner this month! Below are just a few articles and talks that highlight her and her work:


What a Forgotten 19th Century Suffragist Can Teach Us About Women’s Rights vs. The Religious Right

Women’s History Month: The Haudenosaunee and Matilda Joslyn Gage

Suffragist Matilda Josyln Gage’s story comes to life in Marcellus

Wagner, Sally Roesch: Matilda Joslyn Gage, the Forgotten Suffragist (Archive)


Have you seen an article, video, or heard a discussion about Matilda? Let us know! Email foundation@matildajoslyngage.org, or call us at (315) 637-9511.

NIE Blog Celebrates Women's History Month With Matilda

This month, NIE Blog featured a profile on Matilda Joslyn Gage for Women’s History Month. You can check it out by clicking here.

Sally Discusses Matilda on the Third Coast International Audio Festival

Listen to her discussion here.

Matilda in the News!

This week Matilda was included in a local article by WAER about the Abolition movement in Syracuse, along with the Jerry Rescue and a few other stops on the Underground Railroad in the area.

To read the article click here.

Woman, Church and State Webinar Series Starts Tomorrow!

Our five part webinar series, led by Kathleen Bishop, Ph.D. starts tomorrow at 8PM! We are still accepting registrations, so sign up now! Tomorrow’s session will feature two special guests: actress/activist Mimi Kennedy, and our very own executive director Sally! For more information and to sign up, follow the links below:



Gage Makes History at the Women's March

Gage had a visible presence at the 10,000 person historic rally and march in Seneca Falls on January 21, joining what is described as largest outpouring of support for freedom and justice in the history of our country. With our massive banner hanging over a balcony, our director, Dr. Wagner, shared the words of Gage over 150 years ago: “Oh, rebellious woman, to you the world looks in hope. Upon you has fallen the glorious task of bringing liberty to the earth and all the inhabitants thereof.”

To Read Dr. Wagner’s full speech, click here.

Presentation Led by Our Director

Saturday, April 15, 2017 our Executive Director Sally Roesch Wagner will be leading a presentation at Kanatsiohareke on Haudenosaunee women’s influence on the women’s suffrage movement. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please click Here.

We hope to see you there!

Webinar Registration!

Woman, Church, and State Study Group:

What We Can Learn From Gage Today

Webinar 2017


We are excited to announce this upcoming 5-Part webinar study group of Gage’s major publication facilitated by Kathleen M. Bishop, Ph.D. with guest speakers. Exposing sex trafficking and the sexual abuse of children and women by priests, Gage fearlessly examined the ugly underbelly of Christianity’s power over women in her 1893 feminist classic.

8:00 – 9:30PM EST

  • February 27
  • March 13
  • March 27
  • April 10
  • April 24

This is a pilot series with limited spaces so please sign up early.


Please note: The updated version is out of print but some copies are available on-line through Amazon and other distributors. The original copy is available free on-line at http://www.sacred-texts.com/wmn/wcs/index.htm


Donations for an individual registrant – $50 for all 5 sessions (please note that the sessions will be recorded if you cannot attend all the sessions)

An organization planning to organize a site for all their members to take part in the webinars – $100 for all 5 sessions  (Organizations will be given one webinar link. They can have unlimited participants at that location. This is intended to encourage local discussion.


To register for this exciting new event, please follow the links below

Individuals: http://www.matildajoslyngage.org/product/webinar-sign-up-individuals/

Organizations: http://www.matildajoslyngage.org/product/webinar-sign-up-organizations/


For more detailed information please read below:

The Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation (MJGF) is excited to announce the upcoming webinar5-Part Series Woman, church, and State Study Group: What we can learn from Gage today

February 27, March 13th & 27th, April 10th & 24th, 2017; 8:00 – 9:30PM EST

Matilda Joslyn Gage had an in-depth understanding of women’s history and issues that resonate for today’s women.  She was radical for her time and would still be considered radical today as she questions the power and influence of the church and state in terms of how they affect women’s lives. It was for this reason that she was written out of history; being too radical for the suffrage movement of the late 1800s due to her “attack on the church and state – especially church- for their attitude towards women.” (Bibliography of the Woman Suffrage Association).  Gage tackles everything from sexual abuse by priests to sex trafficking.

Her book Women, Church, and State was in print from 1913 to 1917 (after her death in 1898) and then was reprinted in 1980 by a feminist publishing house, Persephone Press, for the next wave of feminists who greeted it with open arms. Each generation of women can learn from her work and understanding of the issues facing women in their daily lives. It should be noted the book was so radical for the time, even though extremely relevant and considered radical today by those who oppose women’s equal rights, the local school  library would not accept the book on the shelves, and Anthony Comstock, the U. S.-appointed press censor, threatened to prosecute anyone who let young people read it. In 2015 it was ceremonially accepted into the Fayetteville Public Library, when a copy was presented by Gage descendant, Mac Hudson.

The MJG Foundation is proud to present a conducted study group on this “visionary” work from an amazing woman who connected the past to our present and future lives. The discussions will be guided by Kathleen Bishop, Ph.D. a longtime volunteer for the Gage Foundation and long-time advocate for women. She has had the opportunity to learn from Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner, Mary Daly, Starhawk, Kathleen McGowan, Margaret Starbird, and Matilda Joslyn Gage through her writings. An honoree of the Seneca Falls Women’s Wall of Fame, Kathleen is thrilled to have this opportunity to discuss this amazing book and advocate so that Gage’s knowledge can be used to make a difference for women today.


Monday February 27, 2017; 8:00 – 9:30 EST

Introduction and overview of the life of Matilda Joslyn Gage

Introduction on the Life of Matilda Joslyn Gage, her writings, and what this means for women today – Sally Roesch Wagner, Ph.D.; Director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation

Overview of Woman, Church, and State facilitated by Dr. Kathleen M. Bishop (Questions for discussion will be sent to registrants prior to each session)

Discussion of Chapters #1 The Matriachate & #2 Celibacy

Discussion of The Matriachate, Chapter 1 & Chapter #2 Celibacy facilitated by Dr. Kathleen M. Bishop with guided questions


March 13, 2017; 8:00 – 9:30PM EST Session 2: Chapters #3 Cannon Law & #4 Marquette


Discussion of chapters led by Dr. Kathleen M. Bishop with guided questions

March 27, 2017; 8:00 – 9:30PM EST Session 3: Chapters #5 Witchcraft & #6 Wives


Discussion of chapters led by Dr. Kathleen M. Bishop with guided questions.

April 10, 2017; 8:00 – 9:30PM EST Session 4: Chapters #7 Polygamy & #8 Woman and Work


Discussion of chapters led by Dr. Kathleen M. Bishop with guided questions.

April 24, 2017; 8:00 – 9:30 EST Session 5: Chapters #9 The Church of Today &#10 Past, Present, and Future


Discussion of chapters led by Dr. Kathleen M. Bishop with guided questions.

We're Back!

The Matilda Joslyn Gage center is re-opening! Starting this week, we will be open to visitors Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10:00AM to 3:00PM. We hope you’ll stop in and see us!

Matilda and Sally Made the Washington Post!


Matilda in the News!

Although the center is currently closed for repairs, that doesn’t mean that we aren’t still getting Matilda’s message out there. Staff and volunteers worked together to do two things.

  1. Encourage people to visit Gage’s grave (much like folks have been doing at Susan B. Anthony’s).
  2.  Use Matilda’s wisdom and her struggle to encourage everyone to get out and vote!

We say mission success! The outpouring of support has been wonderful, and we even had an article written about our efforts. Check it out:


We'll Be Back Soon!

The Gage Center is temporarily closed for repairs. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and urge you to watch our website and Facebook page for information on when we will re-open!

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