For New York Women, an Inspiration.

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look at fear in the face.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Our Inspiration

Our work is inspired by Eleanor Roosevelt’s example of leadership and her commitment to promoting women in politics and government. She transformed the role of First Lady, challenged the Democratic Party to practice what it preached, and jump-started the international conversation on human rights.

As a teacher, party activist, First Lady, journalist, social reformer, and diplomat—Eleanor lent her considerable energy to issues of grave concern to women: education, health care, equal employment, and child care. She also insisted that women have seats at every table the Democratic Party assembled and that “women learn to the play the game” as well as “men do,” that it was “up to the women” to craft policies that address their concerns.

Modern Inspirations

Eleanor Roosevelt isn’t the only New York woman who inspires us every day. From the clan mothers of the Iroquois Confederacy, who chose the tribal leaders, to Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton hosting the Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, to Sojourner Truth, emancipated in 1827, urging equal rights for all, New York women have given the country great political leaders:

  • Frances Perkins, first woman Secretary of Labor
  • Bella Abzug, New York Congresswoman
  • Shirley Chisholm, New York Congresswoman, first black woman elected to U.S. Congress
  • Geraldine Ferraro, first woman vice presidential candidate
  • Hillary Clinton, New York Senator, Secretary of State and first woman presidential candidate on a major ticket
  • Kirsten Gillibrand, New York Senator

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