Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the opening of the 2013 Women’s Equality exhibit at the Capitol today, which demonstrates women’s roles in the workforce and promotes gender equality, Gannett’s Haley Viccaro reports.
The exhibit is located in the War Room of the Capitol and includes events from the 1820s to the 1980s, showcasing women’s challenges during the Industrial Revolution, the Civil War, the Depression and World War II. Cuomo toured the exhibit today.
“As the birth place of the women’s rights movement in 1848, it is important that we continue that tradition by working toward achieving women’s equality in all areas of our society,” Cuomo said in a statement.
The Women’s Equality exhibit highlights descriptions of each period and biographies of some influential women that fought for gender equality. The display includes artifacts that coincide with the exhibit’s theme.
Women featured in the exhibit include:
? Lavinia Wright, co-leader of the first garment workers’ strike
- Louise Mitchell, co-leader of the first garment workers’ strike
- Jane Hunt, Seneca Falls Convention organizer
- Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, only woman to earn a Congressional Medal of Honor
- Belva Ann Lockwood, pioneering female attorney and political activist
- Rose Schneiderman, Triangle Shirtwaist Factory workers’ advocate
- Belle Moskowitz, social reform activist and advisor to Governor Al Smith
- Frances Perkins, first female member of the U.S. Cabinet, served as Secretary of Labor under Presidents Roosevelt and Truman
- Eleanor Roosevelt, influential First Lady and Human Rights activist
- Pauline Newman, organizer of the women’s labor movement in New York
- Kate Mullaney, founder of the Collar Laundry Union in Troy, New York
- Luisa Moreno, immigrant workers’ rights advocate
- Mary McLeod Bethune, African American community rights activist
Artifacts featured in the exhibit include:
- Sewing machine from the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire
- ERA ratification propaganda
- Letter from Clara Barton
- Original copy of the 1848 Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments
- U.S. Navy WAVES uniform
- First women’s property rights law in New York