Resolution J549-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim March 2013 as Women's History Month in the State of New York



  • Feb 28, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Feb 15, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim March 2013 as Women's History Month in the State of New York

WHEREAS, March is Women's History Month and Friday,  March  8,  2013  is
International Women's Day; and
  WHEREAS,  Women's  History  Month 2013 has two themes: Women Inspiring
Innovation Through Imagination and Women's Education -- Women's Empower-
ment; 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  is  particularly  pleased  to,  this  year,  recognize The
National Women's History Project and Debra  Kolsrud  for  producing  its
theme; 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
were  able  to  use  their education to better their social and economic
status; and
  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, many 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 2013 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;  the Legislative Women's Caucus of New York State; and Debra Kols-


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