UTICA — U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was in Utica on Monday, stumping for the bipartisan Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission Act (S.3073) during a visit to the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute.
This legislation would establish a Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission in honor of the 100th anniversary of the passage and ratification of 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guaranteed women the right to vote.
The Commission would work with federal, state and local governments, private organizations, as well as Congress to develop and coordinate educational activities for Americans to learn about the suffrage movement.
Under this legislation, the Commission would have the ability to award grants to organizations in New York and across the country to support programs commemorating the anniversary of the 19th Amendment. “This legislation would help educate and inspire young people around the country about the unparalleled importance of the women’s suffrage movement in American history” said Senator Gillibrand.
“The women’s suffrage movement was born in New York, it was championed by fearless women like Juanita Breckenridge Bates, and nearly a century after the 19th Amendment was passed and ratified, our state continues to be at the forefront of fighting for women’s rights, from paid family leave to equal pay for equal work. The 19thAmendment changed the world for the better, and it deserves our commemoration. I will urge all of my colleagues in the Senate to support the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission Act.”
“During my congressional tenure, I had the privilege of representing Seneca Falls, the Birthplace of Women’s Rights, home to both the Women’s Rights National Historical Park and the National Women’s Hall of Fame,” said Rep. Richard L. Hanna, who joined Gillibrand at the Utica event.
“Some of the greatest women in our history bravely gathered to begin a national conversation about the role of women in American society. That conversation continues today. I thank Senator Gillibrand for her continued work to promote this significant part of our history,” Hanna added.
“Being a father of four daughters I take pride that Utica was home to many strong and inspiring women who played an integral role in the Suffrage Movement,” said Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri. “Senator Gillibrand’s historic legislation and its commission will ensure we properly celebrate and honor those women who positively transformed our society and paved the way for future generations.”