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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Sarah Birdsall Otis Edey
1872-1940
A resident of New York City and Bellport, Long Island she was a leader in the suffrage cause. At the Edey house in Bellport many functions were held to make women aware of the movement. She was a talented poet and playwright who presented her works there. After suffrage was achieved, Edey became well-known as an early organizer and later President of the Girl Scouts of America.