Erie County Commission on the Status of Women

Erie County Commission on the Status of Women Connecting women with the resources they need to reach their full potential!

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Erie County, NY
09/04/2020

Erie County, NY

Tune-in this morning at 10 AM! The Erie County Commission on the Status of Women will be hosting a LIVE virtual event to mark the 100th anniversary of Women's Suffrage in the United States—and announce an exciting new addition to our Trailblazing Women of Western New York Monument Project.

Watch it here and on our YouTube channel: youtube.com/user/ErieCountyNY

Trailblazing Women of Western New York
09/01/2020

Trailblazing Women of Western New York

We are so pleased that the Electric Tower is illuminated in suffrage purple, white and gold! Photo courtesy of Barbara Campagna

Trailblazing Women of Western New York
09/01/2020

Trailblazing Women of Western New York

“Purple is the color of loyalty, constancy to purpose, unswerving steadfastness to a cause. White, the emblem of purity, symbolizes the quality of our purpose; and gold, the color of light and life, is as the torch that guides our purpose, pure and unswerving.”

On Sunday, the Electric Tower in Downtown Buffalo will be lit in the colors of the women's suffrage movement, in recogni...
08/29/2020

On Sunday, the Electric Tower in Downtown Buffalo will be lit in the colors of the women's suffrage movement, in recognition of the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. We’re proud to work with local partners to celebrate the centennial and call attention to the Trailblazing Women of Western New York Monument Project.

More at: erie.gov/csw & trailblazingwomenwny.org

“The source of inequality is capital itself. We think of wealth as an outcome, but its true value is functional. Its tru...
08/28/2020
Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis: Closing the Racial Wealth Gap in the Shadow of the Pandemic

“The source of inequality is capital itself. We think of wealth as an outcome, but its true value is functional. Its true value is the economic security it provides and the ability to have agency in your life.” Economist Darrick Hamilton

Join Sarah Rosen Wartell, president of the Urban Institute, for the next installment in Urban’s conversation series, Evidence to Action. During this virtual event, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) will discuss his efforts to close the racial wealth gap through federal legislation.,

We will be hosting a LIVE virtual event to mark the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in the United States—and annou...
08/26/2020

We will be hosting a LIVE virtual event to mark the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in the United States—and announce an exciting new addition to our Trailblazing Women of Western New York Monument Project.

Join us September 4th at 10 AM on Erie County’s youtube channel: youtube.com/user/ErieCountyNY

Truth Be Told: Stories of Black Women's Fight for the Vote
08/26/2020
Truth Be Told: Stories of Black Women's Fight for the Vote

Truth Be Told: Stories of Black Women's Fight for the Vote

The Truth Be Told collection, a special edition of Evoke, features artifacts that help tell a more complete story of the history of women’s voting rights, with a focus on Black women’s activism.

The unknown history of Seneca Falls
08/26/2020
The unknown history of Seneca Falls

The unknown history of Seneca Falls

Explore the story of this famous gathering through the experiences of eight different historical figures.

The Stories - Our Story
08/26/2020
The Stories - Our Story

The Stories - Our Story

Every picture tells a story. Read about our featured suffragists and how they helps women gain the right to vote in the United States.

Explore the Photo Mosaic - Our Story
08/26/2020
Explore the Photo Mosaic - Our Story

Explore the Photo Mosaic - Our Story

Zoom in and click on the featured portraits and stories to find out more about the many events happening to commemorate the suffrage centennial.

Please listen to Suffrage scholar Laura Free's podcast, Amended.
08/26/2020
Amended - HNY

Please listen to Suffrage scholar Laura Free's podcast, Amended.

Sex was never the only battleground for women’s voting rights. Amended, a podcast from Humanities New York, marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment by challenging the suffrage story most Americans learn in school.

Today we mark the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the  19th Amendment.  On Aug. 26, 1920, the 19th amendment to...
08/26/2020
Yes, Women Could Vote After The 19th Amendment — But Not All Women. Or Men

Today we mark the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. On Aug. 26, 1920, the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution officially took effect when Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby signed a proclamation certifying its ratification. However, as NPR's Melissa Block reports, it did not guarantee enfranchisement for all women.

Along with African Americans, other groups who continued to be excluded from the vote included Asian American immigrants, who were long ineligible for naturalized citizenship on account of race, and only won the vote starting in 1943.

The 19th amendment secured all women the right to vote, but in practice many women of color were excluded. This continues to resonate today with voter suppression among marginalized communities.

Suffrage at 100: A Visual History
08/19/2020
Suffrage at 100: A Visual History

Suffrage at 100: A Visual History

How did American women win the right to vote? These images help bring their decades-long movement into focus.

One hundred years ago today, August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified by Congress, gran...
08/18/2020
Winning the Vote - HNY

One hundred years ago today, August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified by Congress, granting all American women the right to vote.

Read this brilliant piece on the history of the fight for that right, by Lisa Tetrault, renowned author and historian of the women's suffrage movement.

A divided movement brought about the Nineteenth Amendment. By Lisa Tetrault In 1869, a bold new idea was born. It would have been inconceivable a few years earlier. Upending everything about the balance between state and federal power, this idea strove to remake American democracy. It proved so vexi...

What Does It Take to Get Women Elected?
08/18/2020
What Does It Take to Get Women Elected?

What Does It Take to Get Women Elected?

If women’s suffrage was the battle of the twentieth century, women’s representation will be the battle of the twenty-first.

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Rath Building, 95 Franklin St
Buffalo, NY
14202

General information

The Commission was established by a unanimous vote of the Erie County Legislature in 1987 to remove gender based inequities for women. In 1988, the Commission became a department of Erie County government. The Commission conducts policy studies; analyzes current legislation, programs and trends affecting women; develops collaborative programs with local and regional organizations and public officials; provides educational awareness; and recommends measures to coordinate, consolidate or expand the resources and services available to women in Erie County. Please visit our website at www.erie.gov/csw for a listing of resources available for women at a national level, as well as here in Erie County!

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Sunday 11:00 - 17:00

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A very special thank you to Dr. Karen King, Executive Director, Erie County Commissioner on the Status of Women, for honoring this writer during Women's History Month, 2018.
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