Teen Voices, the global girl news initiative of Women’s eNews, is partnering with the New York State Women’s Suffrage Commission in celebration of the 100th anniversary of women securing the right to vote in New York. This editorial project will feature articles from teen girls writing about what the right to vote means (or will mean, for those under 18) to them, whether and why they aspire to be civically engaged, and how their generation should build on the suffragist legacy of advancing equal rights.
On June 1, the Commission launched #TheNext100 film series with a special screening of Heather Booth: Changing the World at the Paley Center in New York City. The film series, a partnership with Women Make Movies, will bring films about the women’s movement – past and present – to audiences across the state. The screening was followed by a discussion between Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Heather Booth, and filmmaker Lilly Rivlin.
April 22, 2017: Commission Co-Sponsors Women in Politics: Past, Present, and Future
On April 22, the Commission was pleased to co-sponsor the Women in Politics: Past, Present, and Future conference at SUNY New Paltz. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul addressed attendees, who also participated in engaging panel discussions with renowned scholars from across the country.
On March 27, at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul announced a new Girl Scouts patch celebrating the centennial of women's suffrage in New York. All seven Girl Scouts councils in New York will participate in the patch program, giving girls across the state an engaging way to learn about the history of the women’s movement in New York and envision how they can lead for justice. You can learn more about the patch program here, or by contacting your local Girl Scouts council.
The Commission held its first meeting of 2017 on March 1, celebrating the beginning of Women’s History Month with the launch of the Women’s Suffrage Commission’s website, public exhibits at the Empire State Plaza and the Capitol Building, and special Capitol tours focused on the suffrage movement.