Celebrating 170 Years Of The Women's Rights Movement

July 19th and 20th mark 170 years since the birth of one of the most important social movements our nation has ever seen. And, it happened right here in Seneca Falls. The Seneca Falls Convention of 1848 was a milestone event in the women’s rights movement and a turning point in American history. The incredible women who participated in that convention came together to fight for justice and equality, and their efforts forever changed the direction of civil discourse.
The leaders of the convention were Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, who brought their fierce anti-slavery activism to the floor of the convention, where they argued for equity and against social injustice in all forms. Stanton and Mott were but a few of the women who would no longer stand by as the status quo failed them, and due to the participants’ passion, the convention’s impact was immeasurable.
This week, I urge all of you to consider the incredible contributions of those who participated in the Seneca Falls Convention and reflect on how much stronger our democracy is thanks to these brave women. We owe them a great debt of gratitude, and we must continue to build on their good work and apply their message of justice to all facets of public life, legislating and policy making.
There are 276 women celebrated in the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls. It houses tributes to our nation’s most passionate, influential and inspirational women. The work of many of these women either directly or indirectly helped pass the 19thAmendment to the Constitution of the U.S. Thanks to their relentless work, women were finally given the right to vote.
Soon, the museum will have a new home in the 1844 Seneca Knitting Mill. Renovations to the building are nearly done and the move is expected to be completed by 2020. I’m proud to have secured state funding for the effort and will continue to support the Hall as one of the area’s – and nation’s – most important institutions. New York has always been a leader in the fight for equality, and this project represents the culmination of decades of hard-work and vocal opposition to unjust practices.
Like many across the state, I am greatly looking forward to the completion of this much-anticipated project and am excited for the inspiration it will give to the next generation of young women. There is much to learn from these inspirational women and I am eager to watch their impact continue to spread.
What do you think?  I want to hear from you. Send me your feedback, suggestions and ideas regarding this or any other issue facing New York State. You can always contact my district office at (315) 781-2030, email me at kolbb@nyassembly.gov, find me by searching for Assemblyman Brian Kolb on Facebook, and follow me on Twitter.

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