Women's rights trailblazers from New York

Letitia James being sworn in as New York City Public Advocate.
Letitia James being sworn in as New York City Public Advocate.
Rob Bennett for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio
Public Advocates James was the first African-American woman to hold citywide elected office in New York City. In 2018, she was elected state attorney general, the first woman – and the first black person – to do so.

Women's rights trailblazers from New York

Many groundbreaking women in politics were from the Empire State.
May 11, 2018

New York has been the backdrop for the women’s equality movement in the United States for two centuries. In 1848, the state hosted the Seneca Falls Convention, a the first prominent gathering of women’s rights advocates. Just last fall, Letitia James made history by being the first woman elected attorney general, while state Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins became the first female to lead a majority conference in Albany. From Susan B. Anthony to James, here is a rundown of influential women in New York political history, and how their work contributed to achieving social and political equality.

New York has been the backdrop for the women’s equality movement in the United States for two centuries. In 1848, the state hosted the Seneca Falls Convention, a the first prominent gathering of women’s rights advocates. Now women such as New York City Public Advocate Letitia James are among the top contenders to be the next state attorney general. From Susan B. Anthony to James, here is a rundown of influential women in New York political history, and how their work contributed to achieving social and political equality.



 

Rep. Shirley Chisolm in 1965.
Grace Segers
is City & State’s digital reporter. She writes daily content on New York City and New York state politics.
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