New York State Capitol
Governor's Reception Room, 2nd Floor
Monday - Friday
7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
New York State’s leadership in advancing women’s rights could not have been possible without the trailblazers who led the way. Throughout our history, across movements and eras of change, there are those who are recognized as the first. They are the bold individuals who break down barriers and forge new paths. This exhibition presents just a tiny fraction of the number of women who have contributed to women’s history. We honor the New York women who were first and also acknowledge the women who later rose to a level of prominence and blazed their own trail as the foremost advocates in their field.
As one of the great gateways to our nation, New York is a melting pot — making diversity the lifeblood of the Empire State. The diverse group of women honored in this exhibit represents progressive thinkers and activists from a variety of disciplines. Their efforts have helped to correct unjust and unequal prevailing societal norms and have inspired generations of others to do the same. These women are catalysts for change in New York and continue to have a significant impact nationwide.