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Suffragists in Every Town and County: How NY Women Won the Right to Vote

Avon News  
October, 1918:

“At the yesterday election women had their first chance to vote under the full suffrage granted them last fall. Heretofore they have voted only on appropriations and only such women voted as paid taxes. Yesterday they were equal with men. We hoped to report that they turned out in large numbers, but they didn’t. These five were Mrs. G.R. Ogilive, Mrs. Alexander Russell, Mrs. A.C. VanAllen, Mrs. H.R. Gilbert, and Mrs. H.R. Gibson. Mrs. Ogilvie has the honor of being the first Avon women to exercise the full right of franchise.”   Source - APHS collection


When we go to the voting booth we are offered a little sticker claiming “I Voted” and think nothing of it. All residents have the right to vote in local and federal elections, but what was it like before this privilege became so easy? New York State is celebrating the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote this year. An extraordinary movement that began in Seneca Falls and Rochester in 1848 saw its goal achieved in 1917, three years before a federal amendment extended that right to all U.S. women. The Avon Preservation and Historical Society is pleased to honor this event on Sunday, May 7 at 2:oo pm. with Rochester City Historian Christine L. Ridarsky, who will provide an overview of the women's rights movement and an introduction to some of the lesser known women who worked diligently to make this success possible.

Christine L. Ridarsky is Rochester City Historian and manager of the Local History & Genealogy Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County. She is co-editor with Mary M. Huth of Susan B. Anthony and the Struggle for Equal Rights (University of Rochester Press, 2013) and also edits the biannual Rochester History journal.

Avon Village Hall
74 Genesee Street Avon, NY 14414

Free, open to the public, and handicap accessible. 

Light refreshments will be served.

Come join us for this free program!

Later Event: August 12
Avon Corn Festival