The freedoms enjoyed by American women today were built on the foundation of a handful of determined people in the early
nineteenth century who struggled against the patriarchy of their society to obtain rights for themselves and those who followed.
Birth place of the women's suffrage movement
Many of the most important thinkers, writers and advocates for women's suffrage called New York
home and carried on their struggle here. In July of 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton
, Lucretia Mott and more
than 300 women and men gathered in Seneca Falls, NY for the nation's first women's rights convention. A Declaration of Sentiments (pdf) modeled
after the Declaration of Independence, was presented and passed by the convention. Among the resolutions included in the Declaration
was a call for women's suffrage, the right to vote. Visit The Women's Rights National Historical Park to learn more about this compelling time in history.
Explore New York State's Women's Heritage Trail and discover the role New York women played in the building of our
state. Find out about the influence women had on education, politics, the arts, music and entertainment world. Understand
the struggle of immigrant workers in New York City. Hear how religion, civil rights and abolition were developed and the
stories of the remarkable people who shaped them. Celebrate the achievements and discover all the amazing stories and
contributions of these incredible women helped to build our state and nation.
Additional Women's Heritage Resources
"Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony"
A PBS documentary, that explores the significant contributions of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. Read the historical documents and essays that are
key elements in the suffrage movement.
International Women's Suffrage
While women's suffrage is now almost universal, history shows long delays between men and women gaining the right to vote in
individual countries; the time elapsed between men's suffrage and women's suffrage ranged from one to 134 years, with the
average delay for women amounting to 47 years. Explore this site and discover how different countries compare to each other when
it comes to advancing the women's right to vote.
Women's Work in the Adirondacks 1850 - 1920
The Adirondack History Network presents the lives of Adirondack women in the nineteenth century and much more. The unit
is illustrated with historic photographs or ephemera from the collections of the Adirondack Museum.
Ganondagan State Historic Site
The Seneca's matriarchal society helped inspire the 1848 Declaration of Sentiments that eventually lead to a woman's right to vote.
Internet Women's History Sourcebook
This site explores women in Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Medieval Europe, Early Modern and Modern Europe,
North America, Latin America, China, Japan, India, Southeast Asia, Australasia, Africa, the Islamic world and more.
National Women's History Project
This site provides a variety of links to women and history, biographies and a quiz to test your current knowledge and
Places Where Women Made History
The National Park Service provides a virtual tour of historic places where women made history.
The Shadow Story of the Millennium: Women
This site from the New York Times covers women's history nationally and internationally; women in society, economy,
science, arts, and other fields, and includes a timeline of women's history.
Extraordinary Women Engineers
This site lists notable women engineers and their accomplishments.
Past Notable Women of Computing & Mathematics
Biographies of women in computing and mathematics, and links to other women's sites.
Women Come to the Front
This site lists women journalists, broadcasters, and photographers during World War II.
All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
The league cover the pioneering women who played professional baseball from 1943 to 1954.
Gifts of Speech: Women's Speeches from Around the World
From the Sweet Briar College Libraries, visitors can access the words of women in leadership, searchable by name or year.
Homework Center: First Ladies
Resource information on web sites for the first ladies of the United States.
Women World Leaders
This site lists women heads of state and government around the world since 1945 including queens, presidents, prime ministers,
governors and rulers.