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Wednesday, July 15, 1998

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  • Celebrating Women’s Rights

    One hundred fifty years ago the women’s rights movement grew out of the fight to abolish slavery. Angered by their exclusion from leadership and public speaking at abolitionist conventions and inspired by the power of the Iroquois women, a small dedicated group of women and men built a movement.

  • Sisters in the Spirit: The Iroquois Influence On the Early Women’s Rights Movement

    Seneca Falls, the seat of the women’s rights movement, is located in the territory of the Iroquois Confederacy. The impact of the Iroquois people on the feminist movement is a story that had been forgotten. While it was against the law for women to vote in every state in the union, the suffragists knew that women of the neighboring Indian Nations selected their chiefs. Leading feminists like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Matilda Joslyn Gage specifically described the greater rights of Iroquois women as proof that the subordinate position of women was neither natural nor divinely inspired.

  • N.O.W. Rally

    Yesterday the National Organization for Women held a rally commemorating the sesquicentennial of Seneca Falls, but they billed it as only partly a celebration, and partly a protest. New York governor George Pataki has come under fire from NOW and other feminist organizations for leaving the state’s Lieutenant Governor, and only woman delegate, Betsy McCaughey Ross, out of the opening events of the Seneca Falls commemoration, billed as Celebrate 98.