100 Years Ago This Week, Women Got The Vote, Thanks To Buffalo
100 years sounds like a long time, but in the scheme of things, not so long, right?
My mom loves to tell the story of how excited her mother, my grandmother, Margaret, was to finally vote. She countered my grandfather's vote, and that always made them laugh!
What's really cool is that WNY, Buffalo right in there, had a big part of the suffrage movement that made it happen.
Just a few hours drive away is home to the 1948 Seneca Falls Women's Convention. Many of the WNY women there had ties to Buffalo, Susan B. Anthony the most notable.
The next big meeting actually took place here in Buffalo. According to the Teddy Roosevelt Inaugural website,
1908 was an important year for the women’s suffrage movement in WNY. That was when, after several failed attempts, Buffalo suffragists persuaded the leaders of both the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) and the New York State Woman Suffrage Association (NYSWSA) to hold their annual meetings in the Queen City... By the end of the conference, membership in Buffalo’s women’s suffrage organization had risen from 114 to 193.
For more on Buffalo and women's right to vote you can explore this New York State site.