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Celebrating Women's History Month

As the birthplace of both the women's rights and suffrage movements, Central New York and Syracuse have always played a notable role in women's history. Many acclaimed leaders of women's rights have lived in our area, and Seneca Falls was particularly significant in fostering equality for women.

Susan B. Anthony, a leader of the women's rights movement, lived in Rochester and helped organize the Seneca Falls Convention, while championing women's suffrage and helping it to become a national movement. Elizabeth Stanton, who many consider the founder of the American women's rights movements, lived in Seneca Falls and wrote the Declaration of Sentiments for the Seneca Falls Convention. Both Anthony and Stanton also helped organize the first women's state temperance society in 1851.

Matilda Joslyn Gage, born in Cicero in 1826, spoke at the Syracuse Women's Rights Convention in 1852 and was president of the National Women's Suffrage Association. Women from Central New York achieved notable firsts in their struggle for gender equality.

New York has played a formative role in the women's rights movement, and continues to produce notable women leaders. This month is about celebrating the remarkable work of women we read about in history books and the anonymous heroes whose quiet struggles have equally defined our nation. I am so proud to represent an area that is so historically significant for the women's rights movement and still produces strong leaders, and I look forward to using my seat in Congress to pursue an agenda of equality for all.

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