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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Visit the Homes of Famous Poets, Activists, Politicians and Artists in New York State

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It was no accident that the nation’s first women’s rights convention took place in New York State, since the state was home to Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman and many other important leaders in the often-overlapping anti-slavery and women’s rights movements. That first gathering, held in 1848 in Seneca Falls, attracted approximately 300 people who issued a “Declaration” stating that “all men and women are created equal,” and demanded, among other things, women’s right to vote.

Of course, women’s suffrage and civil rights aren’t the only areas where New York and its women have played important roles. Those looking to celebrate Women’s History Month in March can learn more about important New York women in fields from education to entertainment at museums and historic sites around the state.

The Path Through History program, recently introduced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, makes it easier than ever to explore women’s heritage sites. Women’s Rights is one of 12 themes used to organize 700-plus heritage sites across the state.  Path Through History will be celebrated with more than 200 events throughout the state on June 1-2 and 7-8, so be sure to check back for more information.

Several of the key Women’s Rights sites along the Path Through History are highlighted below, as well as other locales honoring the contributions of women.