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RocSuffrage 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in New York State. Learn how Rochester, NY, home of Susan B. Anthony, is celebrating!
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Throughout 2017, Rochester, NY, will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of women winning the vote in New York State in 1917. Follow RocSuffrage to learn about women's rights and woman suffrage history and all of the activities planned for the centennial.

Susan B. Anthony Museum & House
06/04/2019

Susan B. Anthony Museum & House

On this day in 1919, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote, is passed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification.

'A Woman Of No Importance' Finally Gets Her Due
04/18/2019
'A Woman Of No Importance' Finally Gets Her Due

'A Woman Of No Importance' Finally Gets Her Due

Virginia Hall was an American spy who worked for Britain and the U.S. and played a key role in undermining the Nazi occupation of France during World War II. Her story was rarely told — until now.

03/07/2019

Exciting news! Rochester's own Second Avenue Learning has been chosen by the Library of Congress to develop an educational app to teach about the woman suffrage movement in time for the 2020 celebration of the 19th amendment. Congratulations!

A timeline of Rochester's suffrage movement is now on display at the Webster Schroeder High School Library! #BecauseOfWo...
10/16/2018

A timeline of Rochester's suffrage movement is now on display at the Webster Schroeder High School Library! #BecauseOfWomenLikeHer #ROCSuffrage #NY4Suffrage

Rochester's traveling suffrage exhibit is on display at the Penfield Public Library until mid-October and in the Science...
08/31/2018

Rochester's traveling suffrage exhibit is on display at the Penfield Public Library until mid-October and in the Science & History Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County NY through November. Yet another great reason to visit your local library! #RocSuffrage #BecauseOfWomenLikeHer #NY4Suffrage #librariesROC

Rochester's traveling suffrage exhibit is on display at the Monroe Branch Library. Stop by and see it between now and Oc...
08/20/2018

Rochester's traveling suffrage exhibit is on display at the Monroe Branch Library. Stop by and see it between now and October 5! #RocSuffrage #NY4Suffrage #BecauseOfWomenLikeHer

As we plan to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment in 2020, it is important to recognize the role racis...
07/30/2018
Opinion | How the Suffrage Movement Betrayed Black Women

As we plan to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment in 2020, it is important to recognize the role racism played in the movement and how it limited the effectiveness of the amendment in securing rights for all women.

As the United States celebrates the centennial of the 19th Amendment, it’s vital to remember that some of its heroes were less than heroic.

Museum of the City of New York
07/25/2018

Museum of the City of New York

Why should women vote? Because "IT IS FOR THE COMMON GOOD OF ALL."

When this flyer was handed out by activists in 1915 in New York City, they were still two years away from woman suffrage passing in New York State. Suffragists used all kinds of strategies to fight for the right to vote, even pioneering some tactics for the first time. You can see this flyer and more in "Beyond Suffrage: A Century of New York Women in Politics," our exhibition that looks at how women fought for the right to vote in New York and have been affecting political change ever since.

Plan your visit before #BeyondSuffrage closes on Sunday, August 5: http://bit.ly/2xyVwHd
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"Twelve Reasons Why Women Should Vote" published by the Woman Suffrage Party, 1915, Museum of the City of New York, F2011.16.2.

This month the Greece Historical Society is hosting our traveling suffrage exhibit. Visit their beautiful museum at 595 ...
06/04/2018

This month the Greece Historical Society is hosting our traveling suffrage exhibit. Visit their beautiful museum at 595 Long Pond Road, open Sunday afternoons June 3, 10, & 24 (closed June 17) from 1:30 - 4:00 pm. Or call 225-7221 for a Monday appointment. #RocSuffrage #BecauseOfWomenLikeHer #librariesROC #NY4Suffrage

Rochester's traveling suffrage exhibit is on display at the Parma Public Library through May 21. Why not stop by for a v...
05/15/2018

Rochester's traveling suffrage exhibit is on display at the Parma Public Library through May 21. Why not stop by for a visit? #RocSuffrage #BecauseOfWomenLikeHer #LibrariesROC #NY4Suffrage

Rochester's traveling suffrage exhibit is on display at the Gates Public Library now until May 14! Here's a sneak peek.....
04/03/2018

Rochester's traveling suffrage exhibit is on display at the Gates Public Library now until May 14! Here's a sneak peek...

Did you know the extent to which men control Wikipedia?
03/29/2018

Did you know the extent to which men control Wikipedia?

According to a 2010 survey, 87% of Wikipedians are male, which is reflected in the entries. Edit-a-thons are one major way we can change this and being to make Wikipedia more representational. We are proud to have hosted College Feminists at University of Rochester at our 1st Edit-a-thon ever!!! Together we edited approx 15 entries for Rochester women represented in our collections! #WomensHistoryWednesday #WomensHistoryMonth
#RBSCP

It's great that female scientists and engineers are finally starting to get some of the recognition they deserve!
03/22/2018

It's great that female scientists and engineers are finally starting to get some of the recognition they deserve!

A Nazareth College student interning at the Newseum writes about milestones in the woman suffrage movement 100 years ago...
03/12/2018
Centennial Anniversaries in Woman Suffrage in 2018

A Nazareth College student interning at the Newseum writes about milestones in the woman suffrage movement 100 years ago.

Here's a look at three key events in the women's suffrage movement that happened 100 years ago this year.

03/08/2018

Happy International Women's Day!!

It's Women's History Month! Visit our traveling suffrage exhibit, on display now through March 30 at MCC Libraries (Brig...
03/02/2018

It's Women's History Month! Visit our traveling suffrage exhibit, on display now through March 30 at MCC Libraries (Brighton Campus), Mendon Public Library, The Little Theatre, and Pittsford Community Library. #RocSuffrage #BecauseOfWomenLikeHer #NY4Suffrage #librariesROC

Stop by the Pittsford Community Library to see the latest installment of our traveling suffrage exhibit, on display toda...
02/20/2018

Stop by the Pittsford Community Library to see the latest installment of our traveling suffrage exhibit, on display today through March 30! #BecauseOfWomenLikeHer #RocSuffrage #NY4Suffrage #librariesROC

Check out our traveling suffrage exhibit, on display now at Webster Public Library and Chili Public Library! #RocSuffrag...
02/05/2018

Check out our traveling suffrage exhibit, on display now at Webster Public Library and Chili Public Library! #RocSuffrage #BecauseOfWomenLikeHer #NY4Suffrage #librariesROC

JAN. 9, 1859: Carrie Chapman Catt is born in Ripon, Wisconsin. Catt was a champion of women's suffrage, serving as presi...
01/09/2018

JAN. 9, 1859: Carrie Chapman Catt is born in Ripon, Wisconsin. Catt was a champion of women's suffrage, serving as president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. #BecauseOfWomenLikeHer

JAN. 3, 1793: Lucretia Mott is born in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Mott participated in many reform movements such as abol...
01/03/2018

JAN. 3, 1793: Lucretia Mott is born in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Mott participated in many reform movements such as abolition, temperance, and pacifism. She also played a role in organizing the 1848 Women’s Rights Convention at Seneca Falls. #BecauseOfWomenLikeHer

DEC. 6, 1927: Patsy Mink is born in Paia, Hawaii Territory. Mink was the first Asian American woman and woman of color t...
12/06/2017

DEC. 6, 1927: Patsy Mink is born in Paia, Hawaii Territory. Mink was the first Asian American woman and woman of color to serve in Congress. She co-authored Title IX, a mandate that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs or activities. #BecauseOfWomenLikeHer

In 1872, Susan B. Anthony cast a ballot in the presidential election. Her vote made the "minor topics" section of the Ne...
11/27/2017
When Susan B. Anthony’s ‘Little Band of 9 Ladies’ Voted Illegally

In 1872, Susan B. Anthony cast a ballot in the presidential election. Her vote made the "minor topics" section of the New York Times.

The New York Times covered the moment on Nov. 5, 1872 — sort of. A one-paragraph news item the next day ran under the heading “Minor Topics.”

Beginning in January, the Rochester Regional Library Council will be circulating an exhibit commemorating the centennial...
11/21/2017
Women's Suffrage Exhibit Request Form

Beginning in January, the Rochester Regional Library Council will be circulating an exhibit commemorating the centennial of women's suffrage in New York State. If your institution would like to host the exhibit please fill out the request form!

All RRLC member institutions are eligible to host this exhibit. Each host will have the materials for one month.

New York State Museum
11/15/2017

New York State Museum

Celebrate the opening of the Votes for Women exhibit at a public reception on Sunday, November 19 at 1:00pm!

Women's Rights National Historical Park
11/15/2017

Women's Rights National Historical Park

In 1917, tonight was known as the "Night of Terror" to 33 suffragist that were being detained in the Occoquan Workhouse. Lead by suffragists Lucy Burns and Alice Paul these suffragists were known as the 'Silent Sentinels'. These 33 women were arrested for "obstructing traffic" in front of the White House as they were protesting for suffrage. Tonight these women were brutally tortured and beaten by the guards and superintendent of the workhouse. Today we remember their courage and strength. Pictured below are the the Silent Sentinels protesting the White House. #OnThisDay #WomensRights

A Mighty Girl
11/15/2017
A Mighty Girl

A Mighty Girl

On the night of November 14, 1917, dozens of suffragists, who had been arrested for protesting in front of the White House, were beaten and tortured during what became known as the "Night of Terror" when the guards were ordered to "teach the women a lesson." In our new blog post, you can read their harrowing story and how it galvanized support for women's suffrage across the U.S. during the final push for the passage of the 19th Amendment.

Susan B. Anthony Center
11/15/2017

Susan B. Anthony Center

Showing as part of the Susan B. Anthony Center's Celebration of 100 Years of New York Women's Right to Vote, Mrs. President is based on the life Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president ... in 1872! Purchase tickets here: http://lyrictheatrerochester.org/mrs-president/

A Mighty Girl
11/12/2017

A Mighty Girl

Today in Mighty Girl history, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the American suffragist, abolitionist, and a leader of the first organized Women's Suffrage Movement in the United States, was born in 1815. Stanton, along with fellow activist Lucretia Mott, famously organized the first-ever women's rights convention in the U.S. in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848. The Seneca Falls Convention brought 300 women and men together to create a "Declaration of Sentiments," drafted by Stanton and modeled on the U.S. Declaration of Independence, which called for the women to have equal civil, social, political, and religious rights. This document became one of the foundational texts of the American Women's Suffrage Movement.

Stanton continued to fight for women's rights and suffrage for nearly fifty years but she did not live to see the culmination of her lifelong battle for women's rights. It took the Suffrage Movement that Stanton began at the Seneca Fall Convention over 70 years of hard struggle to finally achieve ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920.

To introduce children to Elizabeth Cady Stanton's inspiring story, we highly recommend "Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote" for ages 4 to 8 (https://www.amightygirl.com/elizabeth-leads-the-way) and "Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship That Changed the World" for ages 12 and up (https://www.amightygirl.com/elizabeth-cady-stanton-and-susan-b-anthony).

For adult readers, we recommend "Elizabeth Cady Stanton: An American Life" (http://amzn.to/2fYVAuq) and Stanton's autobiograhpy "Eighty Years and More: Reminiscences 1815-1897" (http://amzn.to/2eR5snK)

Her story is also featured prominently in the documentaries "Not for Ourselves Alone - The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony" for ages 9 and up (https://www.amightygirl.com/not-for-ourselves-alone) and "One Woman, One Vote" for ages 10 and up (https://www.amightygirl.com/one-woman-one-vote).

To introduce children and teens to more amazing women of the Suffrage Movement, check out the reading recommendations in our post, “How Women Won the Vote: Teaching Kids About the U.S. Suffrage Movement, ” at https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=11827

Mental Floss
11/12/2017
Mental Floss

Mental Floss

The suffragist, social activist, abolitionist and all around pioneer had a lot to say, and said it well.

HISTORY
11/09/2017
HISTORY

HISTORY

She helped make the 19th amendment possible, but Elizabeth Cady Stanton's suffrage vision didn't include "Patrick and Sambo and Hans and Yung Tung," as she called them.

City of Rochester, NY - Mayor's Office
11/07/2017
City of Rochester, NY - Mayor's Office

City of Rochester, NY - Mayor's Office

OK the clock is ticking to help gain national distinction for our City of Rochester Public Market as a “Great Place in America.” Please vote by the end of the day!

The City of Rochester Public Market is one of just five nominees for the American Planning Association's annual Great Places in America People's Choice Award. The winner will be decided solely by online votes from the nominees' devotees and fans. Voting runs through TONIGHT at www.planning.org/greatplaces/peopleschoice. CLICK BELOW!

“By any measure, our Public Market is more than qualified and deserving of being named one of the Great Places of America,” said Mayor Warren. “I’m asking everyone who loves the Market to go online and vote for our treasured community gem, which we already know is distinct for its quality local produce at affordable prices and its wonderful atmosphere.”

The American Planning Association “provides leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing our members with the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change.” The 2017 People's Choice Designee will be announced by the American Planning Association tomorrow.

11/07/2017
Governor Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo

Today marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York. Take a look back at some of the New York women who paved the way.

Things you should know if you're going to Mt. Hope Cemetery today:Citizens and visitors alike are once again welcome to ...
11/07/2017

Things you should know if you're going to Mt. Hope Cemetery today:

Citizens and visitors alike are once again welcome to visit Mt. Hope Cemetery to pay homage to Susan B. Anthony on Election Day. 2017 marks the 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage in New York State.

Like last year, visitors will be able to pick up a special "I Voted Today Because of Women Like Her" sticker"

Mt. Hope Cemetery will be open normal hours, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Parking will be available by the fountain at the North Gate Entrance.

The City is discouraging the placement of stickers on Anthony’s headstone to avoid damaging it. A board will be set up near the site to accommodate the stickers.

For more information on local events commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in New York State, visit rrlc.org/rocsuffrage.

For more information on Mt. Hope Cemetery, visit www.cityofrochester.gov/mounthope.

📸: John Kucko Digital

Women's Rights National Historical Park
11/06/2017

Women's Rights National Historical Park

#OnThisDay in 1872 Susan B. Anthony voted in the presidential election. Two weeks later in her home in Rochester, NY she is arrested for illegally voting. She was tried and fined $100 but never paid. She would often start her speeches from then on out, "I stand before you as a convicted criminal." Here she is pictured below with her dear friend Mrs. Stanton. #WomenWhoVote #NYSuffrageCentennial #NPS101

A Mighty Girl
11/05/2017

A Mighty Girl

Today in Mighty Girl history, the prominent American suffragist Susan B. Anthony cast her vote in the 1872 Presidential Election that led to her arrest two weeks later for “illegal voting”. Prior to her trial, she spoke in all 29 towns and villages of Monroe County, New York, where her trial was scheduled to be held, on the topic of "Is it a Crime for a U.S. Citizen to Vote?" She called upon women to exercise their right to vote, with or without formal recognition: "We no longer petition legislature or Congress to give us the right to vote, but appeal to women everywhere to exercise their too long neglected 'citizen's right'."

At her trial near Rochester, New York the following June, the judge refused to allow Anthony to testify on her own behalf and, after she was convicted, he read an opinion that he had written before the trial even started. After the verdict was given, Anthony was at last permitted to speak and gave what Ann Gordon, an eminent historian of the Women's Suffrage Movement, called "the most famous speech in the history of the agitation for woman suffrage." During it, she protested "this high-handed outrage upon my citizen's rights ... you have trampled under foot every vital principle of our government. My natural rights, my civil rights, my political rights, my judicial rights, are all alike ignored."

The judge ordered Anthony to pay a $100 fine for her 'crime' of illegally voting to which she declared, "I shall never pay a dollar of your unjust penalty.” True to her words, she never paid the fine for the rest of her life!

The story of her illegal vote and subsequent arrest and trial is told in the inspiring picture book, "Heart on Fire: Susan B. Anthony Votes for President," for ages 5 to 9 at https://www.amightygirl.com/heart-on-fire

To introduce children to this trailblazing women's rights pioneer, we highly recommend the picture book "Susan B. Anthony" for ages 5 to 8 (https://www.amightygirl.com/susan-b-anthony) and the illustrated biography "Who Was Susan B. Anthony?" for ages 8 to 12 (https://www.amightygirl.com/who-was-susan-b-anthony)

For a fascinating historical fiction book about Anthony and her real-life friend and colleague Harriet Tubman, we also recommend “Chasing Freedom: The Life Journeys of Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony, Inspired by Historical Facts” for ages 7 to 10 at https://www.amightygirl.com/chasing-freedom

To introduce children and teens to more amazing women of the U.S. Suffrage Movement, check out our blog post on “How Women Won the Vote: Teaching Kids About the U.S. Suffrage Movement” at https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=11827

And, for many books about trailblazing female political leaders in the U.S. -- both historically and in modern times, visit our blog post, “Remember the Ladies: 25 Children's Books on Women in Politicss” at https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=11162

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