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.

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Louisine Elder Havemeyer
Louisine Elder Havemeyer of New York City and Islip, Long Island was a militant suffragist. She was a suffragist speaker, activist and contributor. She was a co-founder of the National Women’s Party. She created a popular symbol, the "Torch of Liberty” She tried to burn an effigy of Woodrow Wilson, was arrested, jailed and then traveled across the country on the “Prison Special" train raising awareness to influence legislators.