New York State Women's Suffrage Commission

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Chair

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Commemorating Women's Suffrage 100th Anniversary

Honoring the Fight for Women's Rights

From the inception of the women’s rights movement in Seneca Falls in 1848, New York has been a leader in advancing women’s equality.

To honor the centennial of women's suffrage in New York, the State Legislature passed and Governor Cuomo signed a law establishing a 14-member Women’s Suffrage Commission.

The Commission will plan and execute an organized series of statewide programs starting in 2017, which marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State, until 2020, a century after the ratification of the 19th Amendment granting all women across the United States the right to vote.

The Commission’s programs will celebrate the accomplishment of women’s suffrage and the central role of New Yorkers and New York State in this milestone, while also helping shape the future to ensure a more just and equitable society for all.

Take Part: Learn, Share, Make History

A wide variety of suffrage centennial programs and events are taking place across New York State. At these events, you can learn about the history of the women’s suffrage movement and engage in discussions about women’s equality today and tomorrow. If you’re planning an event, let us know!

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Buffalo Women Leaders Mark Suffrage Centennial

On March 10th, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes convened Buffalo women leaders at the Buffalo History Museum to celebrate Women's History Month and mark the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York. During the event, the Lieutenant Governor honored Buffalo suffragist Mary Burnett Talbert.

Caption: (Left to right) Lockport Mayor Anne McCaffrey, Hamburg Town Clerk Cathy Rybczynski, NYS Supreme Court Judge Paula Feroleto, Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Ruth Bryant, Buffalo City Court Judge Betty Calvo-Torres, Assemblywoman Monica Wallace, and Niagara Falls Council Member Kristen Grandinetti

Following a Legacy of Leaders

Commemorating Women's Suffrage

Historic New York Suffragists

Learn about the historic women who led the women's suffrage movement and carved the path for gender equality in New York State.

Women's Rights Path Through History

New Yorkers have long led the struggle for women's rights. Explore historic sites commemorating these suffragettes and more modern trailblazing women as well. 

Contact the Women's Suffrage Commission

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