Woman’s Protest: Two Sides of the Fight for Suffrage in New York
October 13 – December 30, 2017
Woman’s Protest: Two Sides of the Fight for Suffrage in New York exhibit will be on display at the Cayuga Museum of History and Art from October 13-December 30. When noted abolitionist and fledgling women’s rights activist Lucretia Mott was visiting her sister Martha Coffin Wright in Auburn in 1848, they traveled to Waterloo to the home of Jane Hunt, where they met with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Mary Ann McClintock. Together, these four women planned a meeting at which women could organize and demand their rights. Promoted through upstate New York, the First Convention for Women’s Rights was held in Seneca Falls in July 1848. Close to 350 attended and by the convention’s end they had drawn up the Declaration of Sentiments. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in New York State, the Cayuga Museum is working with several other museums including the Howland Stone Store Museum to share the nearly 70-yearlong battle for women’s suffrage.
The title of our exhibit, Woman’s Protest, refers to the way the anti-suffrage movement referred to themselves; in fact, Woman’s Protest was the name of the groups’ official publication. We will examine the lives and actions of the leading figures of pro-suffrage, many of them native to Auburn, Cayuga County, and Central New York; as well as the motivations and actions of the anti-suffrage movement.
Woman’s Protest is sponsored by the Cayuga Community Fund.