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

2020 Commitment to the Vision - Glimpse yesterday! Feel Today! Inspire Tomorrow!

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

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

Conference Speakers & Cast Bios

Hotel Reservations

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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Edna Buckman Kearns
Edna Buckman Kearns was a grassroots suffrage organizer in New York City and Long Island, a Quaker writer and speaker best known for her “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon, a symbol of the movement’s patriotic protest theme.