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.
Locally, the Historical Society of Islip Hamlet recently dedicated a new historical marker in honor of its resident suffragist, Islip’s own Louisine Havemeyer.
Havemeyer was a militant suffragette who co-founded the National Woman’s Party.
The new marker is located at the very end of Ocean Avenue at Bayberry Point Park.
Click here for map and details at all of Islip’s historical markers.
Pictured above are members of the Havemeyer family (L-R): Catherine Havemeyer, Tanya Thomas, Eugenie & Harry Havemeyer, Ann Havemeyer and Linden Havemeyer Wise.