Women of New York State played major roles in the Women's Rights movements of the late-19th and early-20th centuries. Chautauqua County's Kate Stoneman was among the prime movers, breaking barriers in the legal profession still significant today.
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In the late 1800s, crusaders in Chautauqua County led a movement by launching the state’s first county suffrage association, influencing public sentiment and hosting several highly attended pro-suffrage events.
Not everyone in Western New York in the late 1800s was a fan of the drink. Fredonia’s Women’s Temperance Union took a stand against alcohol in December 1873, successfully closing many drinking establishments and laying the roots for the national W.C.T.U..
The Board of Women Directors at the Pan Am used their power and social standing to overtly claim public space for women and challenge traditional Victorian gender norms.