And as we prepare for Tuesday’s mid-term elections, it is also time to remember an important anniversary that marked a milestone in the history of women’s rights.
And it is that yesterday marked 105 years since women got the right to vote in upstate New York.
On that date, many people gathered at Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls, participating in a historic two-day event that launched the women’s rights movement in a national battle for equality.
Although only women were included in the convention, men were not denied entry.
Approved by Congress on June 4, 1919 and ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment grants every American woman the right to vote.
Very few in favor lived to see victory in 1920.
We also recall that two statues were erected in the state two years ago in honor of the main protagonists of the women’s suffrage movement.
They are Sojourner Truth, whose statue is located in Ulster County, and Rosalie Gardiner Jones, whose sculpture is located on Long Island.