5 Ways to Celebrate Women's History Month in New York State
Women's Rights have been at the forefront of the national conversation in recent months - from the Women's Marches that took place across the globe in January to the Super Bowl ad addressing the gender wage gap.
With March being Women's History Month, and 2017 being the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in New York State, there is no timelier occasion to visit the state's historical sites relevant to the fight for gender equality.
Visitors can learn more about how New York played a role in suffrage and women's empowerment at the following historic attractions:
1. At the National Susan B. Anthony Museum and House in Rochester, visitors can stand where the woman's suffrage leader lived, worked and was arrested in 1872 for daring to vote.
2. Seneca Falls is widely considered the birthplace of women's rights, as it was the site of the first ever Women's Rights Convention in 1848. The Women's Rights National Historic Park in Seneca Falls commemorates the birthplace of the women's rights movement with exhibits and restored historical buildings like the home of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Wesleyan Chapel where the convention was held.
3. Suffragist, Native American rights activist, abolitionist and author Matilda Joslyn Gage was a peer of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The Matilda Joslyn Gage Home in Fayetteville allows visitors to explore the home of this human rights leader, which also served as a stop on the Underground Railroad.
4. In Hyde Park, guests can visit the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site for a one-hour guided tour of her home and a film exploring the history of this "First Lady of the World," who championed numerous causes, including women's rights, civil rights and worker's rights.
5. As with many social movements, the women's rights movement did not happen in a vacuum, but was deeply impacted by the abolitionist and civil rights movements. Frederick Douglass, another Rochester resident who was a friend of Susan B. Anthony, was the only African-American to attend the Seneca Falls Convention, as he believed that women too, should have the right to vote.
Visitors to upstate New York can learn about his story at the Rochester Museum and Science Center's interactive exhibit, "Flight to Freedom" and visit his gravesite at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Rights activists and history buffs will also enjoy the opportunity to see a statue depicting Douglass having tea with Susan B. Anthony, located adjacent to the Susan B. Anthony Museum and House.
6. Exploring abolitionist Harriet Tubman's work with the Underground Railroad in Upstate New York is another way for visitors to learn about the history of the African-American struggle, and particularly that of women of color. Travelers can visit Tubman's home in Auburn, which was just named a National Park, to learn about her work bringing escaped slaves to freedom and advocating for abolition.
For more information on these attractions, visit iloveny.com.