A New York Minute In History
A New York Minute In History
The Women's Rights Movement: From Seneca Falls To Today

Credit: New York State Library, Manuscripts and Special Collections, BRO0119+

The second episode of A New York Minute In History explores the Women’s Rights Movement from the Seneca Falls Convention in Central New York in 1848 to equality matters being debated today. We explore the Movement’s progress through the lineage of Coline Jenkins, the great-great granddaughter of suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Jenkins, a women’s rights activist in her own right, has a family tree that touched nearly every major women’s rights milestone in the 19th century and beyond.

WARNING:  A portion of this episode contains graphic language and may not be suitable for young listeners. 

New York’s Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, right, speaking with Jennifer Lemak of the New York State Museum at WAMC’s studios.

The second episode of A New York Minute In History explores the impact of women’s rights activists such as Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Carrie Champan Catt, Harriot Stanton Blatch, Lucrieta Mott and Margaret Sanger. To learn more about the Women’s Rights Movement in New York and beyond, visit the New York State Museum’s online exhibit “Votes For Women.”

Music used in Episode 2 of A New York Minute In History includes “When The Boys Come Home” composed by Oley Speaks, “Since My Margaret Become A Suffragette” composed by Gus Edwards and “Your Mother’s Gone Away To Join The Army” composed by Raymond Walker. “Keep Woman In Her Sphere,” “The Suffrage Flag,” “Give The Ballot To The Mothers,” “Oh Dear, What Can The Matter Be,” “Going to the Polls,” “Uncle Sam’s Wedding” and “Song of Wyoming” by Elizabeth Knight from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings were also used.

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Harriot Stanton Blatch (left) and Mrs. Towsend (right), and the WPU delegation marching up the New York State Capitol steps in Albany on March 12, 1912. Credit: Coline Jenkins, Elizabeth Cady Stanton Family

A New York Minute In History is a podcast about the history of New York and the unique tales of New Yorkers. It is hosted by Devin Lander, the New York State Historian, and Don Wildman. Jim Levulis is the producer. A New York Minute In History is a production of the New York State Museum, WAMC Northeast Public Radio and Archivist Media. 

Support for this podcast comes from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation®, which helps local communities celebrate their history by providing grants for historic markers. As we approach the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the Pomeroy Foundation invites you to commemorate the legacy of women’s suffrage with a Historic Roadside Marker. Recognize the people, places and events in your community that made an impact on the voting rights of women. To apply for a fully funded grant or to learn more about the Foundation’s marker programs, visit: WGPfoundation.org.

National Anti-Suffrage Association Headquarters in New York City. Credit: 1911, Library of Congress

The project is also sponsored by a Humanities New York Action Grant with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.