100 Years of Women’s Suffrage in New York State

In honor of 2017 marking the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York, the Library was proud to host an exhibit and a series of events at the CSI Library this past semester, and will continue programming throughout the academic year.  The exhibit, Women on the March: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in New York, was on display in the Library Gallery in March and April and will return next semester with added content related to issues of race and intersectionality.  In addition to multiple classes coming to the Library for guided tours of the exhibit, the Library also partnered with Donna Scimeca, Coordinator of the CORE Program, to devote COR 100 lectures on the Women’s Suffrage Movement in New York around Women’s History Month in March.

The Library also hosted a film series, including the two-part Ken Burns’ documentary, “Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony”; a film screening and discussion of, “Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice,” a biography of the crusading journalist, anti-lynching campaigner, and black suffragette; a screening of the HBO film, “Iron Jawed Angels,” the dramatized story of Alice Paul and Lucy Burns; and a film screening and discussion of the documentary short, “Inez Milholland ~ Forward Into Light,” which tells the story of American icon and native New Yorker, Inez Milholland.

Our last event of the semester featured two guest speakers for the talk, “The Suffrage Movement on Staten Island.” Cara Dellatte, Reference Archivist at the New York Public Library presented, “The Abolition Movement Transforms: Bridging the gap from Anti-Slavery Politics into the Women’s Suffrage movement,” and Gabriella Leone, Assistant Archivist at the Staten Island Museum presented, “When Suffrage Took Flight: Tactics of Staten Island’s Suffragists, 1910 – 1917.”

I am also pleased to announce that I am representing the College of Staten Island in the CUNY Women’s Suffrage Centennial Coalition, which recently partnered with the New York Women’s Suffrage Commission lead by Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul.

Lastly, along with Professor Catherine Healey, I created a research guide and calendar of events to promote library resources and all related programming both on and off campus:

http://guides.library.csi.cuny.edu/NYSuffrageMovement

Stay tuned for more events in the Fall!

–by Professor Amy Stempler