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.

New York Women’s Suffrage Centennial Conference

The Women’s Rights and Heritage Committee of the New York Cultural Heritage Tourism Network

Click to Register Now For Conference!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

New York State Archives Partnership Trust


Cultural Education Center

222 Madison Avenue

Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12230

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GPS: 42.648614,-73.761391

New York State Library on Seventh

Conference Agenda

Post Conference

An Evening Celebrating Votes for Women: New York’s Suffrage Centennial Exhibit at the State Museum

Reception Details / Reception Flyer

Buy reception tickets here or call state office at 518-465-4162.

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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.