Matilda Joslyn Gage Center

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Over the weekend, about 20 people gathered outside of the Matilda Joslyn Gage foundation in Fayetteville for a voting rally on the foundation’s front yard.  The rally was meant to inform Onondaga county residents about how votes are being suppressed in the US, and ways they can fight it.  

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The 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment was widely celebrated Tuesday, but one women’s rights expert sees it as an ‘opportunity lost’ as much as a victory.  Doctor Sally Roesch Wagner directs the Matilda Joslyn Gage Center in Fayetteville.  Gage fought for suffrage along with Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and others.  

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Fairgoers may have noticed well dressed women attending the State Fair today on Women’s Day.  They are pausing to remember influential women and the year that women were granted the right to vote in New York State in 1917.  The historical significance of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial in New York State is being observed.  A dedicated display is set up in the Art and home Center.  Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul says there are prominent names of the women's movement who come to mind.

Most people have heard of or seen the Jerry Rescue Story and Monument.  You might also know the Mission Restaurant downtown gave safe harbor to escaped slaves, as did other local homes.  In the last part of C-N-Y Unknown Underground, we’ll fill in some interesting details; each historic connection might have had more significance than you know.

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  Senator Kirsten Gillibrand chose Fayetteville’s connection to women’s rights as a place to announce her bill to promote the anniversary of women’s suffrage.  She’d like to see more attention to the centennial of women’s right to vote, which comes around in 2020.  Gillibrand says the voting rights struggle is connected to women’s issues today.