Beyond Suffrage

A Century of New York Women in Politics

Opens October 11, 2017

Women's March sign by Rene Lynch, 2001.
  • 1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St., Open Daily 10am–6pm

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    Discover a century of women’s political activism in New York City.

    Beyond Suffrage: A Century of New York Women in Politics traces women’s political activism in New York City from the struggle to win the vote, through the 20th century, and into our own times. Beginning with the long battle for women’s voting rights that culminated in 1917 statewide and 1920 nationally, the exhibition highlights women at the center of New York’s politics over the course of 100 years. It features a diverse range of activists both familiar and lesser known, the battles they fought, and the many issues they championed.

    The exhibition examines how women navigated New York politics in the 1920s through 1940s, often working behind the scenes for causes like health, labor, and good government; the central role of New York in the women’s liberation movement of the 1960s and its redefining of women’s roles in politics and government; and continued campaigns for women’s political power and grassroots mobilizations that demand equal gender rights today.

    Beyond Suffrage features rare artifacts, documents, costumes, photographs, and audio-visual materials  spanning more than a century that show how women have been politicized—and in turn changed politics—in New York and beyond.

    Poster by Rene Lynch. Museum of the City of New York, 2017.27.1b


    Gloria Steinem (Chair)
    Liz J. Abzug
    Carol Bellamy
    Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer
    Ellen Chesler
    Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke
    Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton
    Jacqueline Ebanks
    U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
    Betsy Gotbaum
    NYS Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul
    Elizabeth Holtzman
    Public Advocate Tish James
    Queens Borough President Melinda Katz
    Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney
    Sarah Maslin Nir
    Melissa Mark-Viverito, Speaker, New York City Council
    First Lady Chirlane McCray
    Congresswoman Grace Meng
    Ruth Messinger
    Kate Millett
    Robin Morgan
    Rosemonde Pierre-Louis
    Dorothy Pitman Hughes
    Congresswoman Kathleen Rice
    Reshma Saujani
    Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter
    Congresswoman Elise Stefanik
    Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Democratic Conference Leader
    Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez
    Faye Wattleton
    Bonnie Wong
    (as of July 25, 2017)


    Beyond Suffrage: A Century of New York Women in Politics is made possible in part by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The Derald H. Ruttenberg Foundation, the Puffin Foundation Ltd., Time Warner Inc., Melissa Mark-Viverito, Speaker, New York City Council, Humanities New York, Barbara Lee Family Foundation, Elizabeth Sackler Foundation, William E. Weiss Foundation, Diane and Adam Max, Betsy and Andrew Fippinger, and Martha and Alex Wallau. 

    Committee to Celebrate Women in New York


    Loreen Arbus

    Shawn and Brook Byers




    Diane and Adam Max

    Daryl Brown Uber



    Patricia A. M. Riley 

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