An interview with award-winning performer and songwriter Eighty Bug is featuring at the May program of Suffrage Wagon Cafe, in addition to a showing of the music video and a special feature where Eighty Bug shares her recipes for desserts.
Eighty Bug and the video production team of "Spirit of 1776: A New Suffragette Anthem" were recipients of a first-place award from New Mexico Press Women at their annual conference and awards ceremony. The NMPW, the largest of New Mexico’s inclusive media organizations, is also the largest state chapter in the national organization, the National Federation of Press Women. NMPW judges said that the music video, “’Spirit of 1776’: A Suffragette Anthem” was “a high-quality, engaging video with a great story well done.” The music video “’Spirit of 1776’: A Suffragette Anthem” is available on YouTube. youtu.be/Aga11k5s0Bc
The award-winning video of three and a half minutes highlights one version of the grassroots story of American women campaigning for voting rights from 1848 to 1920. This time span stretches from the 1848 women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, NY to the 1920 ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. At that time, millions of women across the United States voted on November 2, 1920.
The creative team for the music video includes Eighty Bug (production), Edwin Carungay, Lesha Maria Rodriguez (Directors), Jon Lagda (Art Director), the Suffragist Sisters, featuring Eighty (Banjolele, Ukulele, Bass and Lead Vocals),Lisa Lui (Violin) Savannah Creech (Backing Vocals), Ashli Lee Christoval, and Laura Guaico, Max McVetty (percussion),JRAT (guitar, mixing and mastering), Special Thanks to Adam England, Jamie Sue Hiber and The Heritage Museum of Orange County in Santa Ana, CA.
The “Spirit of 1776” wagon featured in the award-winning music video is an actual artifact now in the collection of the New York State Museum that was used by Edna Buckman Kearns. Information about the wagon is available on Suffrage Wagon News Channel at SuffrageWagon.org
The horse-drawn wagon that inspired the music video is considered an icon of Votes for Women campaigning because of its 1776 message of taxation without representation and a call to return to the spirit of equality and freedom that was written into the Declaration of Independence. This vision of all men and women being created equal had not yet been realized by the time of the Seneca Falls, NY women’s rights convention in 1848. The music video highlights the tens of thousands of grassroots activists throughout the nation that it took to win voting rights over the period of 1848 to 1920.
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