OLEAN, NY – As the nation commemorates the adoption of the 19th Amendment with Women's Equality Day, Olean’s role in giving women the right to vote is on permanent display in Lincoln Park.
On July 10, the Olean Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution dedicated a plaque commemorating a 1915 liberty torch rally that had been held in the park to protest women’s inability to vote. Harriot Stanton Blatch, a suffragist who was the daughter of women's rights activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, led the rally.
The plaque was endowed by the William Pomeroy Foundation.,
Although the 19th amendment was adopted in 1920, New York State granted women the right to vote in 1917. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the state’s historic action.
"In the name of equality and fairness, today and every day, New York stands shoulder-to-shoulder with women everywhere. A woman's place is in the voting booth," said Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who issued a proclamation Wednesday declaring Aug. 26 Women's Equality Day in New York State.