Seneca Falls (WSYR-TV) - March is Women’s History Month and Central New Yorkers don’t have to travel any farther than Seneca Falls to witness the history of women’s suffrage.
This year, the Women’s Hall of Fame will welcome its 2013 inductees including Betty Ford and Nancy Pelosi, as well as Mary Joseph Rodgers.
“Women lacked a lot of basic rights that men had in this country, and it was the beginning of the struggle to gain those rights,” said Anne DeRousie, park historian of the Women’s Rights National Historical Park.
The movement is commemorated in bronze figures frozen in time, as well as the documents from the site of the women’s movement’s birth.
The Declaration of Sentiments was modeled on the Declaration of Independence. Its most controversial element was a call for the right of women to vote.
“This is the place where the first women’s rights convention was held in the 1948 formal beginning declaration of the sentiments enduring document goal of equality of all people regardless of sex,” DeRousie said.
To learn more about the inductees, visit the National Women’s Hall of Fame website