New York State Women's History

The History of Woman Suffrage in New York

New York State was key to the national movement for women’s suffrage. From Seneca Falls to New York City’s Lower East Side, from Buffalo to Brooklyn, from Canton to Cattaraugus, people in New York State were leaders in the woman suffrage movement from 1848 until 1917 when suffrage was legalized in New York State and on to 1920 when the federal government passed the 19th amendment.

This website pays tribute to those who worked diligently against nearly insurmountable odds to provide New York State women the right to vote.

Friday, October 7, 2016 ---- HOLIDAY INN SENECA FALLS/WATERLOO (9:00 am to 4:30 pm) ....CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION WE STARTED LAST YEAR AS WE ALL PREPARE FOR 2017 & THE CENTENNIAL OF WOMEN’S RIGHT TO VOTE IN NEW YORK STATE ...more>>

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Sarah J. Smith Thompson Garnet
1835-1911
First black woman in NYC to be named as a principal, did so for almost 40 years
Organized the only black Equal Suffrage League in Brooklyn
Woman’s Loyal League, honoring the work of Ida B. Wells
National Association of Colored Women