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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Ruth Carpenter Litt
Ruth Carpenter Litt, a Patchogue, LI suffragist was an innovative farmer and wealthy landowner who went on to become a major political force.  Her political savvy and generosity helped get the vote for women.  She led a highly organized district campaign to enroll her newly enfranchised sisters.  Her work led to a revolutionary change in the election districts of Brookhaven, LI. She encouraged women to run for office too.