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NY Women’s Suffrage Centennial: UFS & USS Commemorate 100 CUNY Women

posted Mar 1, 2017, 12:55 PM by Emily Tai   [ updated Mar 2, 2017, 12:02 AM by Jay Weiser ]
by Emily Tai 

In a ground-breaking collaboration, the University Faculty Senate and the University Student Senate will be joining forces to help celebrate the coming centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State. New York was not only at the center of the campaign for women’s suffrage, beginning with the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848, but became one of the first states to support women’s suffrage, a full three years before national ratification, on November 6, 1917.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has established a Commission to commemorate New York State's historic role in the fight for women's suffrage, and several resources are being made available to commemorate African-American and Women’s history months that support teaching and learning in these areas and feature CUNY faculty. They include: grant opportunities from the New York Council for the Humanities; lectures and films at the New York Historical Society; and events at Lehman College; Borough of Manhattan Community College; and the Gotham Center for New York History and the Center for the Study of Women and Society at the CUNY Graduate Center.

In addition, the UFS and USS, working with the CUNY Office of Student Affairs, announce the a campaign to add the names of 100 CUNY Women to the database of New York Women Activists established by the New York City Records and Information Services.

Proposed names may be eminent female CUNY graduates; past or present CUNY scholars; or currently attending CUNY students who have distinguished themselves as activists and leaders. Please send your names by: June 1, 2017 to etai@qcc.cuny.edu and stevek@uss.gmail.com.

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Emily S. Tai is a professor of History at Queensborough Community College who serves on the UFS Executive Committee, and edits the UFS Blog. She would like to acknowledge the other committee members working on this project: Chika Onyejiukwa, Chair, University Student Senate; Kay Conway, Chair, University Faculty Senate; Fernando Araujo, Executive Director, CUNY University Student Senate; Andrea Shapiro Davis, Associate Vice Chancellor for Corporate, Foundation and Major Gifts Development; Zina Richardson, Coordinator, CUNY Women’s Centers; Nyisha Howell; Farouk Abdallah, Deputy Director of CUNY NYPIRG; and Steve Kleinberg, Women’s Suffrage Project, University Student Senate.

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