Utica’s Suffrage History Recognized at 19th Amendment Centennial Announcement

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was at Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute this afternoon, announcing a legislation to honor the one hundredth anniversary of women’s suffrage and the ratification of the 19th Amendment. The role played by our community in the suffrage movement was also highlighted.

This bill will recognize New York’s role in the Women’s Suffrage Movement–providing funding opportunities and educational programs.

New York was the birthplace of the Women’s Suffrage Movement and is host to landmarks that made gains in America’s history.  The City of Utica played an active role in women’s suffrage history which activist and suffragist leader, Lucy Carlisle Watson strived for.

“The suffrage headquarters was just steps away from where we are today.  And in 1913 when Lucy Watson led the first suffragist parade they left from right here at Oneida Square.  Throughout the movement, the women of Utica were asked to standup and make a difference in their community,” said Anna D’Ambrosio.

Senator Gillibrand announced a bipartisan legislation that would establish a Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission in honor of the 100 year anniversary of the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment; giving women the right to vote.

“Born here in NYS, it was planned here and developed here and now nearly a century after the 19th Amendment was passed, New York continues to be at the forefront of fighting for women’s rights, from paid family leave to equal pay for equal work,” said the Senator.

This legislation will continue education of youth about the role women can play in the world today.

“Today we are seeing the majority of our leaders are male. So for young women and girls to see that hey there are women there too it gives them strongly the message that the pathway is open to them as well,” said Cash.

Senator Gillibrand says, we’ve come a long way since the 19th amendment, but a lot more to improve on.

With Election Day around the corner and voter deadlines due, she stressed how important this basic right is to have and not to waste it.

“We want to make sure this election, the next election that every person votes particularly young women we want them to know how important their voices are and how important these elections are.  So talking about the right to vote and how hard it was to win it will hopefully leave an impression  on the younger generation that this is a basic civil right that you don’t want to lose by just not exercising it.”

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