Votes for Women

Votes for Women Traveling Panel Exhibition

The New York State Museum created a six-panel traveling exhibition based on the larger Votes for Women exhibition that can be displayed at smaller venues around New York State.  For information on how to host this exhibition in your local library, museum, or historical society, please contact Jennifer Lemak at


Votes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial

November 4, 2017 to May 13, 2018
West Gallery

The New York State Education Department and the Office of Cultural Education will present a large-scale exhibi­tion and companion catalog titled, Votes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial, at the New York State Museum between November 4, 2017 and May 13, 2018.

Votes for Women will celebrate the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State and raise public awareness of the struggle for women’s suffrage and equal rights in New York State from the 1848 Seneca Falls Conven­tion through 1917 when New York State granted women the right to vote. The exhibition will also address the nationally significant role of New York State leaders in regards to women’s rights and the feminist movement through the early 21st century.

Lenders to the Exhibition

Votes for Women will feature collections from the New York State Museum, New York State Library, and the New York State Archives as well as artifacts from historical institutions and private collections across the state.

Albany Institute of History & Art
Bellevue Alumnae Center for Nursing History Archive   
Binghamton University Libraries, Binghamton University,
   State University of New York 
Bryn Mawr College
Buffalo History Museum 
Chautauqua County Historical Society, McClurg Museum
Clinton Historical Society
Coline Jenkins, Elizabeth Cady Stanton Family
Cortland Historical Society
Diana Mara Henry Photography
Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, Val-Kill 
Elizabeth Cady Stanton Trust
Elizabeth Meaders
FDR Presidential Library and Museum
Geneva Historical Society
Howland Stone Store Museum
Keene Valley Library
Kheel Center, Cornell University
League of Women Voters of New York State
Library of Congress
Marguerite Kearns
Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation
Ms. Magazine
Museum of the City of New York
National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House
New York Public Library
New York State Department of Labor
New York State Historical Association 
New York State Parks, Lorenzo State Historic Site 
Onondaga Historical Association
Pam Elam Collection 
Rochester City Historian
Rochester Historical Society
Ronnie Lapinski Sax Collection
Seneca Falls Historical Society 
Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College
University of Rochester
Women’s Rights National Historic Park

Here are some of the exciting artifacts and images to be included in the Votes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial exhibition.  

Area 1: Agitate! Agitate!, 1776-1890

Bloomer Costume
Susan B. Anthony's Alligator Purse
Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s writing desk
Sojourner Truth, framed carte de visite

Area 2: Winning the Vote, 1890-1920

Phyllis Wheatley Club, Buffalo, New York
Group of Harriet May Mills personal ribbons, 1898–1917
Votes for Women Pilgrimage Petition, 1912
Women Suffrage Headquarters Auburn, New York During the 1915 campaign

Area 3: The Continuing Fight for Equal Rights, 1920-Present

Equal Rights Amendment, bracelet, ca.1975
New York State Women’s Democratic News, July 1925
NOW banner used by Rhoda Barney Jenkins, ca.1980
Campaign buttons for Shirley Chisholm and Bella Abzug, ca.1970