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Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in News, Slider | Comments Off

New York State is the cradle of the womanʼs rights movement in the United States. The women of New York State have been in the forefront of the struggle for voting rights from the 1848 Seneca Falls convention, through the Civil War to the beginning of the New Deal era. New York’s women were the leaders, the strategists, the grassroots activists.

When New York women won the vote in 1917, the addition of so many voters shifted the momentum of the national suffrage movement in favor of women. New York was the only Eastern state to win suffrage permanently before 1920, and it was the result of an extremely long, difficult, and hard-fought campaign.

When Governor Andrew Cuomo opened a womenʼs exhibit at the NYS Capitol building in March 2012, the name of the exhibit stated the issue clearly:

FROM SENECA FALLS TO THE SUPREME COURT:

New Yorkʼs Women Leading the Way

This was the theme in 2012, and it should continue to be the theme from now through 2020.

New York must face up to its role in the historic women’s rights movement in the United States and put critical resources behind it.

Votes for Women 2020 is a not-for-profit organization that has taken on the planning of the 100th anniversary of NYS winning the vote in 2017 and the national centennial (2020) planned for the Seneca Falls/Rochester area.

Votes for Women 2020 is also working to take the stories of the suffrage movement into the mainstream and create multiple platforms to share these stories.

With the 2017 and 2020 suffrage centennials on the horizon, we can reasonably expect to see Seneca Falls, the cradle of the suffrage movement and home to the Womenʼs Rights National Historic Park, become a magnet for heritage tourism; hopefully, promotional dollars will be invested to meet this critical need over the next seven years.

The Womenʼs Rights National History Trail needs to be established in order for us to take advantage of these extraordinary opportunities. Important historic homes, including the Susan B. Anthony House, the Matilda Joslyn Gage Home, the Harriet Tubman Home and many others, must be preserved and promoted.

There are innumerable opportunities for cultural tourism. There are unlimited possibilities for conferences, political and social awareness, and for bringing together a diverse community to educate citizens on the local, state, and national level about the connections between the past and present day.

Votes for Women 2020 supports many national centennial celebration initiatives and urges New York State to act immediately to set plans in motion to take advantage of so many opportunities. Women voters are an important American treasure and resource. The suffrage story is an important part of American history and of interest to all citizens who value the democratic process.

Planning must begin now and continue over the next few years to develop an effective program to bring visitors to New York State from all over the nation and world to visit our historic sites and learn from our history.

Votes for Women 2020 looks forward to being a partner in this exciting and important initiative.