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Women's Suffrage Related Events

In honor of the 100th Anniversary of Women earning the right to vote in New York State, Tompkins County and the surrounding communities are celebrating.




Find upcoming events below and join in on the celebration.

September 23 to November 4 Ithaca, NY

Christine Heller: New York Suffragist, Drawing and Lithographs Exhibition, at The History Center in Tompkins County

September 30, 2017 Ithaca NY

"The Very Greatest Victory," a presentation by Karen Pastorello and Susan Goodier, at The History Center

Drawing on their recently released book Women Will Vote: Winning Suffrage in New York State, Susan Goodier and Karen Pastorello plan to discuss how women in New York State struggled for over six decades to win the right to vote. They will highlight the grassroots activism of rural, urban, African American, Jewish, immigrant, and native-born women who formed a loose coalition aimed at attaining full suffrage for women. Goodier and Pastorello argue that this unique coalition expended relentless energy and employed a variety of tactics to persuade male voters to actively support suffrage. This compelling narrative illuminates how the 1917 win in New York that Carrie Chapman Catt considered "the very greatest victory" relaunched suffrage as a national issue and changed the course of American history.

October 6, 2017 at 6:00 PM Ithaca, NY

"Truth is the Only Safe Ground to Stand Upon," an artist talk by Christine Nobles Heller, and a Preview of the Opera "Pushed Aside," at The History Center

In conjunction with First Friday Gallery Night and the new exhibition "Truth is the Only Safe Ground to Stand Upon" Portraits of Suffragists to Celebrate the Centennial of Women's Right to Vote in NY State, The History Center will feature a 6:00 p.m. presentation by the artist Christine Nobles Heller. After the talk, there will be a preview of the opera "Pushed Aside" composed by Persis Parshall Vehar and libretto by Gabrielle Vehar.

"Pushed Aside" is the story of Matilda Joslyn Gage, the unknown third member of the "triumvirate" of early suffragists -- the other two being Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton -- who energized the woman's rights movement.This opera tells how they came together in the early 1850's, and then had their great split in 1890, which resulted in Matilda being "pushed aside," and right out of the history books. Along the way, we also discover how Matilda fought for others who had been "pushed aside," too, including the African-Americans and Native Americans, and how she came to believe that all freedom struggles are equal and interconnected.

October 10, 2017 at 6:00 PM Ithaca, NY

The Local Struggle for Women's Equality, a talk by Tompkins County Historian Carol Kammen, at Tompkins County Public Library

October 24, 2017 at 7:00 PM Ithaca, NY

A panel discussion "Perspectives on Voting" in collaboration with the Dorothy Cotton Institute and League of Women Voters, at The History Center in Tompkins County

October 26, 2017 at 6:30 PM Ithaca, NY

Anthologist Stacey Murphy and other authors will read from "New York Votes for Women: A Suffrage Centennial Anthology," at The History Center in Tompkins County

October 26, 2017 at 6:30 PM Ithaca, NY

"Centering Black Women: Race in the Woman Suffrage Movement," a presentation by SUNY Oneonta Professor Susan Goodier, at Tompkins County Public Library

November 1, 2017 at 6:30 PM Ithaca, NY

"Iron Jawed Angels," a film screening sponsored by The History Center in collaboration with Cinemapolis and Ithaca College's Project Look Sharp, at Cinemapolis

November 1, 2017 - March 31, 2018 Ithaca, NY

Exhibition Fight to the Beginning, at the Mann Library

In commemoration of New York State’s Suffrage Centennial, Mann Library presents the exhibit, Fight to the Beginning, a spotlight on the struggle to enact woman suffrage in the Empire State and the United States at large. The installation illuminates the kinds of resistance that suffragists encountered en route to the legislative victories in 1917 and 1920, introducing major figures and events to present highlights of the movement as it unfolded in New York State and at Cornell University, the opposition the movement engendered, and how it was overcome. The story of women’s suffrage in New York offers a lesson that continues to resound:  While the arc of history may bend toward justice, it takes active pursuit to achieve this progress. 

November 2, 2017 at 7:00 PM Ithaca, NY

"Women's Suffrage and Political Office: A Seat at the Table," a panel discussion being held in partnership with the Tompkins County League of Women Voters, at The History Center in Tompkins County.

November 4, 2017 to  May 13, 2018 Albany, NY

Votes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial Exhibition, at the New York State Museum.

Votes for Women will celebrate the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State and raise public awareness of the struggle for women’s suffrage and equal rights in New York State from the 1848 Seneca Falls Conven­tion through 1917 when New York State granted women the right to vote. Votes for Women will feature collections from the New York State Museum, New York State Library, and the New York State Archives as well as artifacts from historical institutions and private collections across the state. For more information click here.

November 9 Ithaca, NY

Lecture Centennial Celebration: Women’s Suffrage in New York State, at the Mann Library, Room 160

In celebration of the Mann Library exhibit and the 100-year anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York, Cornell University Library Archivist Emerita Elaine Engst and Tompkins County Historian Carol Kammen will present the special lecture “Centennial Celebration: Women’s Suffrage in New York State” on Thursday, November 9th, 4:00 pm in Room 160, Mann Library. For more information, please visit: or call (607) 255-5406.





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