Much Accomplished, Much More To Do
State Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky is reminding all New Yorkers that March is Women’s History Month, an opportunity to reflect on how women have shaped American society, government and culture, as well as to raise awareness about the inequalities that remain.
“As the first woman from Queens elected to the State Senate, I have a personal stake in remembering the women leaders who paved the way,” Stavisky said. “Though we should be thankful for their work and sacrifice every day, I welcome the opportunity to spend the month of March being particularly aware of the role of women in our society, and thankful that it is greater now than it has ever been.”
Stavisky noted that Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton formed the National Woman Suffrage Association in New York in 1869 to fight for a woman’s right to participate in American democracy. The women’s suffrage movement gained its ultimate momentum at the Seneca Falls Convention when Lucretia Mott spoke to those who had journeyed to New York in search of equality, and culminated in the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which established the right of women to vote.
National Women’s History Month has been officially celebrated in the month of March since 1987. For information and local Women’s History Month events, visit www.womenshistorymonth. gov.