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Carrie Chapman Catt

Photo of Suffrage Parade with Carrie Chapman Catt, Founder of League of Women Voters NYS and LWVUS, in the center

Four Important Centennials

NYS women secured the right to vote on November 6, 1917

LWVNYS was founded on November 19, 1919

LWVUS was founded on February 14, 1920

The 19th Amendment to the US Constitution (giving American women the right to vote) was officially certified on August 26, 1920



Rochester Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of Women Winning the Right to Vote in New York State

Click here for information about programs and events relating to New York’s woman suffrage centennial and what is happening throughout our region to commemorate it.

LWV-RMA is a proud partner.


June 2 – October 14, 2017
Rundel Memorial Building, 1st floor

The Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is hosting a major exhibition. Featuring artifacts from many of Rochester’s cultural and educational institutions, the exhibition explores the role Rochester’s women–and men–played in the women’s rights and woman suffrage movements of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Featured items include Susan B. Anthony’s dress, Martha Matilda Harper’s prototype for the original salon shampoo chair, a Bloomer outfit, a variety of suffrage banners, pendants, and flyers, and so much more! For more information, click here.



July 17-23, 2017
Along the Erie Canal

VoteTilla is a week-long navigational celebrating 100 years of women’s voices and votes in New York State that will take place along the Erie Canal starting in Seneca Falls and ending with a weekend celebration in Rochester. Five canal boats will make stops at towns along the way with a variety of activities at each.

Friday, July 21

11:35 am: Arrive at Genesee River Junction

11:45 – 12:00: Airplane flyover with banner “VOTES FOR WOMEN”

1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., Rundel Memorial Building, 1st floor: Guided tours of “Because of Women Like Her…Winning the Vote in New York State.” Tours leave from the brick courtyard next to West Edge Restaurant’s patio, Corn Hill Landing.

1:30 pm: Arrive Corn Hill Landing

1:30 pm: Corn Hill Greets the Fleet – music by Coreopia; welcoming remarks by Kathy Hodges, First Vice Regent, Irondequoit Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, City Historian Christine Ridarsky, and Corn Hill Historian JimDeVinney.

2:00-3:00 pm, Corn Hill Landing:  VoteTilla Reenactors Programming

3:00 pm: AKWAABA Reenactment  “Cargo. . . No Loss or Damage”

4:30 pm: Telos Trio at Corn Hill Landing Site

The League will be registering voters at Corn Hill Landing. Look for our tent!


Saturday, July 22

10:30 am: Because of Women Like Her Parade: The “Last Mile” of the route will be celebrated with a parade to the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House.  

11:15 am: Madison Street Block Party “Pass by and get on with the work”
Food truck(s) on site.

The League will be registering voters at this event. Look for our tent!

For more information about events during VoteTilla, click here.



  • Friday, June 21, 5-10 pm
    Midtown, Parcel 5

    $5 tickets can be purchased at the event or in advance at ticketmaster.com/event/000052C990AA254C

    Celebrating 100 years of women's right to vote in NYS with the ROC Women's Music Fest!

    Musical acts Meshell Ndegeocello, MC Lyte, Joan Osborne, Mikaela Davis,
    and Teagan and the Tweeds
    Food trucks on-site—woman-owned/run

    Click here for more information.

    The League will be registering voters at this event. Look for our tent!


    An Equal Right to Act: Remembering the Rochester Woman’s Right Convention of 1846
    Sunday, July 23
    , 10:00 am
    First Unitarian Church,  220 Winton Rd., Rochester


    AAUW Suffrage Centennial Picnic
    Sunday, July 23

    12 – 4 p.m.
    Perkins Mansion, 494 East Ave.

    All are welcome!
    Tickets available at http://perkinsmansion.brownpapertickets.com/.
    $10 adults, $5 children, $5 tours

    Fried chicken, salads, cakes, and pie.
    Music and costumed historical reenactors, including Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Frederick Douglass.
    Share stories of family suffragists and ring the Remembrance Bell in honor of their legacy.
    Tour the mansion and view a display of suffrage memorabilia, including buttons, newspaper articles, photos, books on the history of suffrage, and a suffrage cartoon collections.

We're not taking it easy this summer!

We have a busy schedule of voter registration events including:

July 15 and 16 - Pride Fest
July 29 - Anthony Jordan “Front Porch” Fair
August 19 - Clarissa Street Reunion
August 23 - University of Rochester orientation (9:00 - 4:00)
August 26 - St. John Baptist Church festival
September 15 - Project Homeless Connect

It’s actually fun! You will meet great people, you will never be asked to work alone and you will be “Making Democracy Work for All.”

Pleae contact Gin Busack at ginbusack@aol.com if you are available to volunteer for these events or would like to find out what other dates are scheduled.

League's Journey to 2020 and Beyond

Watch this video describing the League of Women Voters of the United State’s journey to strengthen our role in creating a more perfect democracy as we approach our 100th anniversary and look to our second century.  


Our own YouTube channel

The League of Women Voters of the Rochester Metropolitan Area proudly announces that we have our own YouTube channel where you can view our past forums.

Podcasts of our forum panelists on Connections with Evan Dawson on WXXI-1370 FM are available.

Click here for links to the available videos and podcasts of our forums.


The League is a nonpartisan, political organization which encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League is NOT limited to women — men can join in Making Democracy Work as well.

Newsletter - The Voter

You can read the current Voter of the League of Women Voters of the Rochester Metropolitan Area here and of the League of Women Voters of New York State here.

Do you want the inside story of what's happening in Albany? Wait until the new legislative session to read the Capitol Beat blog by Jennifer Wilson, LWVNYS Director of Policy and Program.



P.O. Box 10573 · Rochester, NY · 14610
585.262.3730 · info@lwv-rma.org