Voting Rights: From Cicero to Seneca Falls

The Town of Cicero, NY has been a longtime General Code client. But did you know that it also played an important role in the history of the woman’s suffrage movement?

Matilda Joslyn Gage is rarely mentioned in the same breath with Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, arguably two of the most prominent figures in the woman’s suffrage movement. Yet her passionate efforts to secure voting rights for women are just as significant.

Born in Cicero, NY in 1826, Gage is best known as the co-author (with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony) of The History of Women’s Suffrage. Though Gage, Anthony and Stanton pursued separate endeavors and had different experiences during the late 1800s, they banded together to become founding members of the National Woman Suffrage Association from 1869 to 1889 which focused on changing the U.S. Constitution. Gage did not see the 19th amendment ratified, yet her efforts and those of Anthony and Stanton helped make it possible.

Matilda Joslyn Gage was posthumously inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY in 1995.

Read more about her contributions here.

Learn about the 2017 inductees to the National Women’s Hall of Fame

Ten inductees are set to join more than 250 distinguished women as new members of the National Women’s Hall of Fame. This year’s induction ceremony takes place on September 16th and is part of New York’s celebration of 100 years of women’s voting rights in the State.
Learn more about the class of 2017 here.

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