Women's Suffrage Capitol Tour

NYS Capitol Great Western Staircase verticalThe tours program at the state Capitol is starting a series of women's suffrage-themed tours this week. Blurbage:

New York State is where the first Women's Rights Convention was held in Seneca Falls in 1848 and where women won the right to vote in 1917, three years before the 19th amendment was ratified. This special onehour tour will explore the connections between the Capitol and the historic fight for suffrage. It will feature an exhibit of artifacts selected to showcase the suffragists' journey from earliest ambition to success.

The tours are running Wednesdays in March at 5:30 pm and Fridays at 12:30 pm. There's also a tour this Saturday at noon (it requires pre-registration). They're free.

And, as you probably already know, there are regular Capitol tours. They run at various times Monday-Friday (no registration required). There are also Saturday tours at 11 am and 1 pm on the second Saturday of each month (registration required). They're free.


"New York State...where women won the right to vote in 1917, three years before the 19th amendment was ratified."

This is somewhat misleading, like NYS was in the forefront of granting women's suffrage. Quite the contrary, many western states and territories gave women the right to vote before NYS, which only approved women's suffrage at the tail end of the suffrage movement with other laggard states. Anti-suffrage sentiment was quite strong in NYS and a women's suffrage amendment to the state constitution was defeated in 1915.

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