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Womens suffrage centennial celebrations kick off in Rochester

Jan 17, 2017

A reception held at the Memorial Art Gallery Monday kicked off a year of events celebrating the centennial of women’s right to vote in New York.

The evening was hosted by The University of Rochester's Susan B Anthony Center, the National Susan B Anthony Museum and House and the American Association of University Women.

Plenty of events are scheduled throughout the year to celebrate 100 years of women having the right to vote in the state. But while many will be centered on this anniversary, Catherine Cerulli, the Director of the Susan B Anthony Center at the University of Rochester said they will cover a wide range of women’s rights.

"The right for women to vote really becomes a proxy for so many other ways that women are not empowered."

Cerulli said there is work that still needs to be done.

"While this is a year to celebrate, it’s also a year to organize, educate and agitate. We want to continue the legacy of Susan B. Anthony, and continue to push ourselves, our organizations and our community."

Events include partnerships with the Eastman School of Music and Coalition on Pay Equity, as well as various plays and shows with the Lyric Theater.

Cerulli said they will host a variety of events tailoring to all demographics, including a number of luncheons and other daytime celebrations.