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WGST-290: American Women's and Gender History: Carroll: Rochester Area Organizations


Local Organizations

Rochester is profoundly rich in its connections to the people and events of the Women's Rights Movement. Because of this, there are many organizations dedicated to honoring the history of women's rights that call Rochester, and the surrounding upstate New York region, home.

Susan B. Anthony House

The National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House in Rochester, New York, was the home of the legendary American civil rights leader, and the site of her famous arrest for voting in 1872. This home was the headquarters of the National American Woman Suffrage Association when she was its president. This is also where she died in 1906 at age 86, following her “Failure is Impossible” speech in Baltimore.

National Women's Hall of Fame at Seneca Falls

On October 13th, 2018, the National Women’s Hall of Fame celebrated its 50th anniversary. Founded in 1968 and incorporated in 1969. The National Women’s Hall of Fame is the nation’s oldest membership organization dedicated to honoring and celebrating the achievements of distinguished American women. The Hall uses the stories of its Inductees as tools for inspiration, innovation and imagination. Seneca Falls is less than an hours drive east of RIT.

League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters was founded by Carrie Chapman Catt in 1920, just six months before the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution gave women the right to vote after a 72-year struggle.

Rochester Voices

Rochester Voices is an online resource from the collection of the Local History & Genealogy Division of the Rochester Public Library; it offers the study of local, state, national, and global history, by exploring the stories of Rochesterians who experienced the past first-hand.

Mt. Hope Cemetery

"Mount Hope is more than a cemetery. It’s where Rochester’s history is celebrated!

The final resting place of an eminent human rights leader, a tireless advocate for women’s rights, a media mogul, an influential landscape architect, an innovative poet, and tens of thousands of people who shaped Rochester’s past as well as that of the country."

With almost 200 acres of land, Mount Hope is an active municipal cemetery that also serves as a park, arboretum and historic resource. 

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