Votes for Women

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.

Votes for Women Online

Online Feature: Votes for Women

Read extended biographies of notable women and view select artifacts featured in the exhibit. Additional resources provide access to the exhibition catalog and a list of lenders and forthcoming educational resources.

Votes for Women Educator Guide Cover

Votes for Women Educator Guide (PDF)

Educators using this guide will know that students depart with a basic understanding of how suffragists and advocates fought for women’s rights in New York, and how these efforts and techniques impacted national women’s rights movements.

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