As we honor remarkable women who championed equality, diversity, and inclusion, let’s take a look back at the history of New York state, which has served as a dynamic backdrop for women’s rights movements and activism.

Wesleyan Chapel is the historic sight of the first Seneca Falls Convention for Women’s Rights in 1848.

First Women’s Rights Convention: On July 19, 1848, the first Women’s Rights Convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York. This marked the beginning of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States. 

Suffragist march likely held in New York City in 1913.

Birthplace of the Suffrage Movement: Nearly 70 years after the first Women’s Rights Convention, New York women gained the right to vote. In 1917, New York became one of the first to grant women suffrage, three years before the 19th Amendment is ratified into the U.S. Constitution.

Harriet Tubman nursing home for African Americans in Auburn, NY.

Harriet Tubman’s Home: Harriet Tubman, the renowned abolitionist and political activist, lived in Auburn, New York, during the later years of her life. After her service during the Civil War, she remained a dedicated humanitarian, advocating for African Americans and women’s suffrage. In Auburn, she established a nursing home for African Americans in 1869.

Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm announcing her candidacy for the U.S. presidential election in 1972.

Shirley Chisholm: Shirley Chisholm made history in 1968 as the first Black woman elected to the United States Congress, representing New York’s 12th congressional district. During her time in office, Chisholm fiercely advocated for racial and gender equality, efforts to alleviate poverty, and the end of the Vietnam War.

Eleanor Roosevelt monument in Riverside Park in New York City.

Eleanor Roosevelt’s Legacy: Eleanor Roosevelt, former First Lady and human rights activist, called New York home. She resided at Val-Kill Cottage in Hyde Park, where she played an active role in advocating for civil rights, women’s rights, and other social causes.

These fun facts highlight the rich history of women’s contributions and achievements in New York and their enduring impact on society. They serve as reminders of the progress made and the ongoing work needed to achieve full equality and inclusion for all.