Three years before the federal government granted women the right to vote in 1920, New York State went ahead and did so for state and local elections.

In fact, New York played a huge role in the national movement for women’s suffrage, according to New York Women’s History.

This year, women and men across the state are celebrating the centennial.

In Islip on Sept. 26, the American Association of University Women Islip Area Branch L.I. Suffragists Committee will be presenting “Amazing Women and How They Got the Vote.”

The presentation tells the stories of the courageous militant Long Island suffragists, including Islip’s own Louisine Havemeyer, who co-founded the National Woman’s Party, and their political activism, as well as the activities of the anti- suffragists, according to the the Historical Society of Islip Hamlet.

The Historical Society is also commissioning a new historical marker in honor of its resident suffragist, which will be unveiled at the meeting.

High tea will be served. Anyone attending wearing hats or clothing from that period will be eligible for a door prize. This event is happening at the library located at 71 Monell Avenue, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

But registration is required because seating is limited. Registration will start on Sept. 6.

To register, call 631-245- 0675 and visit for more.


Two Suffolk standouts in the women’s rights movement

Photo courtesy of the Havemeyer family