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Marchers celebrate 100 years of voting in New York State

July 22, 2017 06:21 PM

It has been one hundred years since women in New York State won the right to vote. The suffrage movement had roots here in Rochester, thanks in large part to Susan B. Anthony.

Saturday, women from across the area gathered in Rochester to celebrate this history making event. 

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A parade this morning paid tribute to Anthony and the success of women. 

Tessa Meyer is one of the many who participated in the Suffragist parade.

“I just think that women having the right to vote for a hundred years is a big thing.”

A hundred years ago, women marched the streets in New York pushing for the right to vote.

A hundred years later, women marched the streets in New York to celebrate their right to vote.

People honored Anthony and thanked her in different ways. 

Georgia Carney says, “You look at a woman like Susan B. Anthony who when she had to stand up for women, she did it in an era that was very difficult.”

Carney was out on the street, sewing materials using a sewing machine from 1911. “Women's work was very much about sewing machines and taking care of their families.”

“To see all women coming together to recognize that this woman, Susan B. Anthony, spent her life fighting for us. Now all we have to do is get women to vote,” says Nancy Pagano.

Within a century, women have not just earned the right to vote. They've also been elected leaders.

And last year, when this country had the first female presidential nominee for a major political party, people in our area lined up near Susan B. Anthony's grave, leaving 'I Voted' stickers.

Some say we have come a long way, but we can go further.

“I feel like it's always going to be a fight, but i feel like, by the time I’m older there's always going to be some changes that have happened,” says Meyer.

The Suffrage Movement celebration continues Sunday afternoon. A picnic is scheduled at Perkins Mansion on East Avenue in Rochester.

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Nina Porciuncula

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