Resolution J3695-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim March, 2014, as Women's History Month in the State of New York



  • Mar 4, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Feb 27, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim March, 2014, as Women's History Month in the State of New York

WHEREAS, March is Women's History Month; and
  WHEREAS, March 8th is International Women's Day; and
  WHEREAS, Each year New York State officially sets aside time to recog-
nize the unique contributions that women have made to New York  and  its
society; and
  WHEREAS,  New  York  State  has  a distinguished history of monumental
achievements in the area of women's rights; and
  WHEREAS, In 1826, New York State opened one of the first  public  high
schools  for girls resulting in a future for women in which they were no
longer confined to the home, a future in which they  were  educated  and
able  to  use this education to better their social and economic status;
  WHEREAS, In 1848 in New York, the first women's rights convention  was
held at Seneca Falls to secure for all women the right to vote; and
  WHEREAS,  In  1903,  The  Women's  Trade  Union League of New York was
formed to represent working women, later becoming the  nucleus  for  the
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union; and
  WHEREAS,  In  1918, one year after New York guaranteed women the right
to vote in all elections, the first  two  women,  Ida  Sammis  and  Mary
Lilly, were elected to the New York State Legislature; and
  WHEREAS,  In 1967, Muriel Siebert became the first woman to own a seat
on the New York Stock Exchange, opening the door for women to gain posi-
tions of greater economic power; and
  WHEREAS, In 1970, New York City was the  site  of  the  first  Women's
Strike for Equality in which 50,000 people marched for equal rights; and
  WHEREAS, In 1968, New York State Assemblywoman Shirley Chisholm became
the first black woman elected to Congress and in 1972, she ran for Pres-
ident of the United States, another first for black women; and
  WHEREAS,  In  1983,  New  York State women legislators established the
Legislative Women's Caucus to improve the participation of women in  all
areas  of  government,  support  issues that benefit women and provide a
network of support for women in the State Legislature; and
  WHEREAS, New York has been the home of many  extraordinary  women  who
have led society to a better future: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B.
Anthony led the campaign for women's suffrage; Sojourner Truth spoke out
for  the  abolition  of  slavery  and for suffrage for women; suffragist
Carrie Chapman Catt became the first president of the  League  of  Women
Voters; Emma Willard opened the first endowed institution for the educa-
tion  of  women; Civil War surgeon Dr. Mary E. Walker was the only woman
ever awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor;  Harriet  Tubman  was  an
abolitionist  who  led slaves to freedom by way of the Underground Rail-
road; in the 19th century, Elizabeth Blackwell and Belva  Lockwood  were
the first women in the fields of medicine and law; pioneer birth control
educator  and  advocate Margaret Sanger established a research center in
New York City; Emma Goldman founded the Free Speech League which led  to
the  American  Civil  Liberties  Union;  humanitarian  Eleanor Roosevelt
served as United States Delegate to the  United  Nations;  civil  rights
lawyer  and  New  York  State  Senator Constance Baker Motley became the
first black woman to sit on the U.S. District Court in New York, and  so
many  more known and unknown women who championed rights and opportunity
for all; and
  WHEREAS, New York State has hosted  many  conventions,  campaigns  and
events of the Women's Rights Movement from the 1848 convention at Seneca
Falls  to  the  1999  Berkshire Conference of Women Historians which was

held to improve the status of women in history  and  in  the  historical
professions; and
  WHEREAS,  Today,  47  women  serve  in the New York State Legislature,
holding leadership positions in both houses  and  bringing  the  diverse
experiences of women into law and public policy; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim March, 2014, as Women's
History Month in the State of New York; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State  of  New
York, and to the Legislative Women's Caucus of New York State.


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