A new exhibit, Votes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial will open at the New York State Museum on Saturday, November 4.
Votes for Women will celebrate the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State and seeks to raise public awareness of the struggle for women’s suffrage and equal rights in New York State from the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention through 1917 when New York State granted women the right to vote.
The exhibition will also address the nationally significant role of New York State leaders in regards to women’s rights and the feminist movement through the early 21st century. Continue reading
NYU Steinhardt’s Program in Educational Theatre will stage two events in October to celebrate the women of New York State winning the right to vote a century ago, exploring the historical context through the individuals who fought for the cause.
A newly created play entitled Hear Them Roar: The Fight for Women’s Rights investigates the untold stories of the suffragists of 1917, including women of color, immigrants, and the men (or “suffragents”) who helped win the vote.
Under the direction of Nan Smithner, professor of educational theatre at NYU Steinhardt, the play was devised by an ensemble of 15 actors, who wrote and created the scenarios by deeply researching historical facts of the time. Continue reading
The Peterboro Women’s History Weekend will be held September 22-24, 2017. The name for this years weekend is taken from a 2016 biography of Elizabeth Smith Miller Ballots, Bloomers, and Marmalade written by Norman K. Dann PhD, biographer of Elizabeth’s father Gerrit Smith.
Miller is most famous for the trouser outfit that she wore to Seneca Falls to visit her cousin Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Stanton introduced Miller to Amelia Bloomer who wrote about the healthy costume in her newspaper The Lily. Women’s rights activists began wearing the reform dress against much negative press and scathing public protest. Continue reading
The American Irish Historical Society in New York City and the Irish Amnerican Heritage Museum in Albany will both host a program entitled “A Century of Protest: Hanna Sheehy Skeffington in the US.”
Hanna Sheehy Skeffington was Ireland’s most famous suffragette. When her husband Francis was shot by British firing squad during the Easter Rising, despite his being a pacifist.
Hanna undertook a lecture tour of the US, publicizing what had happened. This autumn her granddaughter, Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, also known for her fight for gender equality and justice, is repeating Hanna’s tour of the US all which will be filmed for a documentary. Continue reading
The Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark and the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum in Peterboro NY will be commemorating the New York State Centennial of Women’s Suffrage with a Women’s History Weekend September 22-24, 2017. These two heritage organizations will collaborate with partners for the Ballots, Bloomers, and Marmalade programs that celebrate local history and its connection to the state’s and nation’s history of women’s rights.
The Ballots, Bloomers and Marmalade Weekend September 22-24, 2017, will focus on Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Elizabeth Smith Miller, and Angelina Grimke. Continue reading
The year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State.
The New Netherland Institute (NNI) is using this centenary and its Annual Conference on September 22 and 23, to highlight the important role of women in the development of the seventeenth-century Dutch colony of New Netherland and in early New York.
NNI will host speakers from both academic and non-academic backgrounds, including first-time and returning presenters, to this year’s event. Continue reading
The Elizabeth Cady Stanton Women’s Consortium will place a historic plaque in front of the historic Fulton County Courthouse on the corner of S. William and W. Main Streets, in Johnstown where Stanton’s father, Judge Daniel Cady, practiced law.
Active since 2006, ECSWC is a collective of eight women’s organizations from Fulton and Montgomery Counties committed to honoring and continuing the advocacy for women pioneered by Johnstown native Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The Consortium supports women’s education, history, culture, leadership and equity through a variety of activities. Continue reading
Women won the right to vote in New York State in 1917, but the story really began much earlier and with particular fervor in the mid 19th century.
In the 1840’s, upstate New York was a hotbed of radicalism. The “Second Great Awakening” brought with it spiritual revivalism, penal and education reforms, abolitionism and the temperance and women’s right movements. This turbulent atmosphere of ideas and events was not unlike the cultural upheaval of the 1960s.
In 1848 Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Coffin Mott and several other women gathered around a tea table in Waterloo, New York and drafted the “Declaration of Sentiments” based upon the Declaration of Independence. By inserting into the text that women, as well as men, were created equal, they renewed the revolution that was started seventy two years earlier in 1776. The protracted and arduous road to women’s right to the elective franchise took until 1917 to be realized in New York State and not until 1920 in the entire United States. Continue reading
Convention Days will commemorate the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in New York State with a Thanksgiving Dinner Gala entitled “A Fine Agitation” followed by the World Premiere of a One-Woman Play about Dr. Mary Walker, the only woman to receive the Medal of Honor.
The title “A Fine Agitation” comes from a letter from Susan B. Anthony to Elizabeth Cady Stanton after Anthony voted in 1872: “Well I have been & gone and done it!!! . . . We are in for a fine agitation . . .”
The dinner, being served at at the New York Chiropractic College, will be based on a 1916 Thanksgiving menu from The Hoag House, precursor to The Gould Hotel. Continue reading
In honor of the Centennial of New York State Women’s Suffrage, the 25th Annual Peterboro Civil War Weekend will feature programs on women during the Civil War. According to the Civil War Trust (March 8, 2016) “women played an instrumental role in the Civil War, both on and off the field” despite the cultural 19th Century norms. “Women left their homes and served as laundresses and nurses for both armies.” “Women also served on the field, cutting off their hair and changing their clothes and names to fight in battle.” “Those women who were not in the field were running farms and businesses that their husbands had left behind – a huge step in the march for independence.” Continue reading