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Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the kick-off of New York State Women's Suffrage 100th Anniversary Commemoration Commission, which will be responsible for a series of statewide programs that celebrate women's suffrage in New York State.

The 14-member commission will work to promote the anniversary of women's suffrage between 2017, marking 100 years from when women won the right to vote in New York State and 2020, a century after the 19th Amendment was ratified.

SENECA FALLS (AP) The Women's Rights National Historical Park is throwing a party to celebrate the bicentennial of the birthday of Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

The women's rights pioneer and abolitionist was born 200 years ago this past Thursday in Johnstown in New York's Mohawk Valley. She was an early leader of America's suffragist movement, working closely with another New Yorker, Susan B. Anthony.

Stanton and her husband settled in Seneca Falls in the Finger Lakes region, where she helped organize the first women's rights convention in 1848.

On October 3, ten women will be inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls. We'll talk to one of the inductees, an award-winning researcher from the University of Rochester who discovered how bacteria communicate to attack human cells and initiate disease. And we'll talk to several inductees from past years, including a woman whose name landed on a major piece of federal legislation. Our guests:

  • Barbara Iglewski, University of Rochester, 2015 inductee
  • Lily Ledbetter, past inductee, the name behind the Lily Ledbetter Act that was the first piece of legislation that President Obama signed into law
  • Kathrine Switzer, past inductee who was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon
  • Judy Pipher, Women's Hall of Fame Board of Directors

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