College helps commemorate centennial year of women’s suffrage in New York

SUNY New Paltz will take part in a statewide conference on the past, present, and future of women in politics celebrating the 100th anniversary of women winning suffrage in New York State this April 2017.

The conference is open to the public and will be hosted by The Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives at SUNY New Paltz, in collaboration with the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, and the Departments of History and Political Science at SUNY New Paltz; The Rockefeller Institute of the State University of New York; the FDR Library; and the League of Women Voters of New York State.

Both the history of the women’s movement and the history of New York State will be highlighted and attendees will be given the opportunity to interact directly with panelists as they discuss issues associated with conference themes. Segments of the conference will be live-streamed to sites across the state with the assistance of SUNY’s Rockefeller Institute of Government. A post-conference workshop will be held for K-12 teachers’ curricular development and a future publication will further disseminate conference themes over time.

On day one, participants will hear the results of the first statewide Views of Women (VOW) poll, presented by its originator, Professor Eve Waltermaurer. Friday’s program includes remarks by Dr. Wylecia Wiggs Harris, executive director of the League of Women Voters of the United States. The evening keynote will be Allida Black, professor of History/International Relations, George Washington University, and editor of the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is an invited speaker. Activist and independent scholar Barbara Smith is the Saturday keynote speaker.

The conference will be held April 21-22, 2017 with discussions at the FDR Library in Hyde Park, N.Y., and on campus at SUNY New Paltz.

For more information visit the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences e-newsletter.