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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Alva Vanderbilt Belmont
1853-1933
Belmont, who lived in New York City and Long Island, She was a strategist, organizer and major financial supporter of the Suffrage Movement. She founded the Political Equality League and co-founded the National Women’s Party for whom she bought headquarters in Washington, DC. She wrote, had suffrage settlement houses, held retreats, paid fines, sponsored rallies, marched and more to give women the vote.