A Century of New York Women in Politics
October 11, 2017 - August 5, 2018
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Discover a century of women’s political activism in New York City.
Beyond Suffrage: A Century of New York Women in Politics traces women’s political activism in New York City from the struggle to win the vote, through the 20th century, and into our own times. Beginning with the long battle for women’s voting rights that culminated in 1917 statewide and 1920 nationally, the exhibition highlights women at the center of New York’s politics over the course of 100 years. It features a diverse range of activists both familiar and lesser known, the battles they fought, and the many issues they championed.
The exhibition examines how women navigated New York politics in the 1920s through 1940s, often working behind the scenes for causes like health, labor, and good government; the central role of New York in the women’s liberation movement of the 1960s and its redefining of women’s roles in politics and government; and continued campaigns for women’s political power and grassroots mobilizations that demand equal gender rights today.
Beyond Suffrage features rare artifacts, documents, garments, photographs, and audio-visual materials spanning more than a century that show how women have been politicized—and in turn changed politics—in New York and beyond.
Gloria Steinem (Chair)
Liz J. Abzug
Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer
Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke
Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
NYS Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul
Public Advocate Tish James
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz
Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney
Sarah Maslin Nir
Melissa Mark-Viverito, Speaker, New York City Council
First Lady Chirlane McCray
Congresswoman Grace Meng
Dorothy Pitman Hughes
Congresswoman Kathleen Rice
Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter
Congresswoman Elise Stefanik
Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Democratic Conference Leader
Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez
Beyond Suffrage: A Century of New York Women in Politics is made possible in part by The Puffin Foundation, Ltd.; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the Derald H. Ruttenberg Foundation in honor of Susan Henshaw Jones; Time Warner Inc.; Loreen Arbus; Shawn and Brook Byers; an Anonymous donor; Melissa Mark-Viverito, Speaker, New York City Council; Humanities New York with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; Barbara Lee Family Foundation; Cynthia Manocherian; Elizabeth Sackler Foundation; William E. Weiss Foundation/Daryl Brown Uber; Diane and Adam Max; Patricia A. M. Riley; Betsy and Andrew Fippinger; Jerry H. Goldfeder; Loreen Arbus; Martha and Alex Wallau; Senator Diane J. Savino; Ms. Alexandra Stanton / Empire Global Ventures; Min Sun Kim; Hon. Leslie A. Stroth; Helen K. Morik; and Cathy Raphael.
Committee to Celebrate Women in New York
Shawn and Brook Byers
Daryl Brown Uber
Patricia A. M. Riley