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Recognizing Women’s Right to Vote in New York State

Tuesday, February 8th, 2022

The Charles B. Sears Law Library is currently hosting the exhibition “Recognizing Women’s Right to Vote in New York State.”

This exhibition charts the development and evolution of the Women’s Suffrage movement in New York State. Early suffragists drew inspiration from native cultures and learned activism from other movements. As their movement coalesced,  activists began practicing civil disobedience. Suffragists trumpeted their cause through a variety of media. Along the way, they faced divisive issues of race and strident opposition from male and female anti-suffragists. World War I demonstrated the importance of women’s contributions outside of the domestic sphere. Women in New York State won the right to vote through a November 6, 1917, referendum.

The panel display is located on the second floor of the Law Library, near the main entrance. It is a traveling exhibition curated by Julia Corrice,  Susan Goodier, and Sally Roesch Wagner of the South Central Regional Library Council, in partnership with the Empire State Library Network and New York Heritage Digital Collections, with funding from Humanities New York. It will remain at UB until the end of February 2022.