Quotes from the Votes for Women 2020 Launch

Posted by on Jun 20, 2013 in Homepage, News | Comments Off

450px-MicrophonesNYS Senator Betty Little, chair of the Senate Cultural affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee: “The ‘Spirit of 1776′ suffrage campaign wagon is a powerful historic symbol reminding us all of the ‘new frontier’ that was traveled and conquered by brave and determined women to whom we owe a tremendous debt of gratitude. Many of the suffragists didn’t live to see the destination – the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution – but each and everyone contributed to ensuring a brighter future not only for women, but for our nation and the world. I’m honored to join my colleagues today in this legislative effort to memorialize the wagon as work progresses on plans for that mission.”

NYS Assemblywoman Margaret M. Markey, chair of the Assembly Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development Committee: “New York led America in extending the vote to women. It’s an honor for us to mark the centennial of the ‘Spirit of 1776’ wagon and to salute some of the crusading pioneers who helped galvanize the nation to adopt the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution. In the coming years we look forward to establishing a Women’s Heritage Trail to connect the historic sites around the state that show the vital role that New York women had in this historic movement.”

Susan Zimet, Votes for Women 2020: “New York’s women led the way from Seneca Falls to the Supreme Court. The importance of the work of these brave warriors who paved the way for myself and my daughter are unsung heroes who deserve to have their proper place in history. The passage of this resolution by our New York State elected leaders is a critical step in the recognition of the work ahead of us.”

Deborah L. Hughes, Votes for Women 2020, President and CEO of the National Susan B. Anthony Museum and House in Rochester: “One speech, one march, one wagon at a time…the women of New York have changed the world for all women.”

Marguerite Kearns: Votes for Women 2020, writer and biographer of Edna Kearns: “This suffrage wagon represents the theme of the state and national suffrage movements, which was the unfinished American Revolution. Elizabeth Cady Stanton launched the theme with her Declaration of Sentiments in 1848 at Seneca Falls. It influenced the movement across the nation. One hundred years ago when the wagon left the Manhattan headquarters of the NYS Woman Suffrage Association, it was plastered with slogans. One question was prominent: ‘If taxation without representation was tyranny in 1776, why not in 1913?’ The theme of the unfinished American Revolution remains with us today.”