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(AP) - The Cuomo administration is inviting teachers across New York to enter a competition to develop classroom projects and activities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women securing the right to vote in the state. 

New York voters approved a woman's right to vote in November 1917, three years before the 19th amendment granted the same right to women nationally. 

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The National Women's Hall of Fame inducted 10 women Saturday, celebrating their pioneering efforts in areas that include medicine, entertainment, the military and politics. There was also a luncheon and ceremony to celebrate 100 years since suffragists gained the right to vote in New York. 

During a conversation before the luncheon at the New York Chiropractic College, the women expressed mostly hope for the future of gender equality, especially in the workplace, which is one of the last frontiers for women's rights activists. 

VoteTilla is a celebration of the 100-year anniversary of woman suffrage in New York State. Boats will take a week-long journey on the Erie Canal, stopping at a number of cities from Clyde to Rochester, to commemorate the history of woman suffrage. Activities include reenactments of speeches by activists, films, a parade, and more.

We talk about the celebrations and the history with our guests:

  • Deborah Hughes, executive director of the Susan B. Anthony Museum and House
  • Bruce Schwendy, co-chair of the Fleet Committee for VoteTilla, and board member for the Canal Society of New York State
  • Jenni Werner, literary director and resident dramaturg at Geva Theatre Center and board member for the ImageOut Film Festival
  • Anne Coon, professor emeritus at the College of Liberal Arts at RIT, writer, and independent scholar

There is a building in Farmington that lost a wall during a windstorm in 2006, and maybe that seemed like no big deal; after all, the building looked old and decrepit. But this was a historic building, the home for debates and discussions on some of the most important subjects in American history: abolition of slavery, women's suffrage, rights for Native Americans. It's called the 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse, which is celebrating its bicentennial on October 22 and 23.

Our discussion focuses on the history, the role of the meetinghouse in advancing equality, and the upcoming events. In studio:

  • Dr. Judith Wellman, professor emerita of history at SUNY Oswego and former coordinator of Meetinghouse restoration
  • Lyle Jenks, president of the 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse organization
  • Veronica (Ronnie) Reitter, park supervisor/interpreter for Ganondagan State Historic Site
  • Meg Joseph, executive director, Friends of Ganondagan

Alternatives for Battered Women is changing their name and expanding their mission. We'll talk to the people involved in efforts to break the cycle of violence. The new organization is called Willow Domestic Violence Center. With us to discuss the changes and future vision:

  • Jaime Saunders, Willow Center CEO
  • Victor Rivers, actor and keynote speaker at Willow's upcoming annual luncheon

Connections: Almost All of The Women's Equality Act

Mar 19, 2015

For the past two years, state Democrats and Republicans have largely been in agreement on 9 of the 10 planks of Governor Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act. The one disagreement – the codification of Roe v. Wade. Democrats want to pass all 10 planks as a single unit, while state Republicans want to vote on each individually. The stalemate between the parties seems to be ending, with Democrats ceding to the Republicans and passing 9 of the 10 planks. So what does this mean for those looking to protect reproductive rights? What does leaving out this one plank mean for women’s rights in the workplace? We ask our guests:

  • Beth Cordello, Pullano & Farrow PLLC
  • Tracy Brooks, CEO Family Planning Advocates

The University of Rochester has acquired a newly discovered collection of letters written by Susan B. Anthony to another women's rights activist, Rachel Foster Avery. What can we learn from these letters and what can they tell us about the suffrage movement? We discuss this with our panel: 

Jim Kuhn, Joseph N. Lambert and Harold B. Schleifer director of Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation at the University of Rochester’s River Campus Libraries

Lori Birrell, curator of historical manuscripts collections at the University of Rochester's River Campus Libraries

Dr. Catherine Cerulli, director of the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women's Leadership

"Too Many Barriers Holding Women Back"

Apr 5, 2013

More than 50 local groups and businesses have come together to launch a new women's group, formed on the heels of Governor Cuomo's 10 point Women's Equality Act.

The New York Women's Equality Coalition was officially unveiled Thursday at the YWCA in Rochester.

"There are too many barriers holding NY women back. That's not what our mothers, daughters or sisters deserve. It's not what NY stands for. It's time to level the playing field," says members of the Coalition.

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