New York has long been a leader in advancing women’s equality, but it didn’t come quickly or easily. From the women’s suffrage movement 100 years ago to present day, women have been on the front lines fighting for justice.
Some blazed the trail in full public view, while others, often unnoticed, made their indelible mark outside the limelight. Yet all were significant in the contributions that their work made to the State of New York. Not just for women, but for all.
In the halls of the State Capitol, women have served and continue to serve at various levels of government. Whether becoming first-time elected officials, being appointed to the highest government positions or having roles behind the scenes, these women have made meaningful changes making the lives of New Yorkers better. While some became well-known figures, others were simply forgotten over time.
These are just a few of the women who have played vital roles in advising and executing visions of the future for various administrations, introducing important legislation, ensuring the government is functioning efficiently or chronicling the state’s history. It wasn’t until the late 1960s that women were allowed into the Legislative Correspondents Association, a group of journalists who report on government.
In honor of Women’s History Month, this exhibit features women, past and present, who have stood up for the rights of their fellow citizens and helped define New York as the land of opportunity.