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!

Women's Suffrage Exhibit at the New York State Capitol

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Girl Scouts Patch Program Celebrates Women's Suffrage

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. Learn more

Governor Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Hochul Announce New Girl Scouts Patch Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage in New York

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. 

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We welcome your suggestions and feedback about women's suffrage, leadership and empowerment.