If you crack a conventional history book, you might get the impression that women played only a small part in making the world we live in today. In reality, we know that women have shaped history at every level, at every turn.
Though often defined primarily by their relationships to powerful men or dismissed as "merely" concerned with domestic pursuits, women throughout the history of New York have been activists, farmers, entrepreneurs, scientists, educators, and community leaders.
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation invites you to discover some of the state's most extraordinary women. A rich sampling of their notable contributions are included below, and you can learn even more at many state parks, historic sites, museums, and I LOVE NY'S Path Through History: Women's Rights list.
We hope that you will take the information as merely a starting point in your exploration of women's history in New York!