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We have been advancing equity for women and girls as individuals and nationally since 1881 and as a local branch since 1925! We invite you to visit the pages of our website to explore the many parts of our organization. Our work continues. We welcome you to join us!


Upcoming Events


The Times They Are a Changin’:
How Protest Music Helped Shape America

THURSDAY MAY 13, 2021
7:00 pm on Zoom

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The link to register for the program will be sent to members by email and will be available here closer to the date of the presentation.  Non-members are welcome and may register here.

Professor William McKeen

Join us for a fascinating and entertaining evening exploring the role “music with a message” plays in social and political change. Presented by both video with musical clips of your favorite artists and live Q&A by Professor William McKeen, Boston University – all brought to us by One Day University. 

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Recent Events


Votes for Women, Laws for Birds: The Suffragists Who Saved America’s Wildlife

New York Times Review of Beloved Beasts

On April 8, 2021, Michelle Nijhuis, author of the new book Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction, discussed the key role of suffrage activists in the early conservation movement and how their accomplishments still benefit us today. She also talk about her own experiences as a science journalist and first-time book author.   To order signed copies, visit https://www.waucomabookstore.com/michelle-nijhuis-signed-books.  To order regular copies and learn more about the book, visit https://wwnorton.com/books/beloved-beasts. Beloved Beasts is a vibrant history of the modern conservation movement, told through the lives and ideas of the people who built it.

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A Long & Winding Road: the Local Path to Women’s Suffrage on its 100th Anniversary

On March 11th, we  commemorated this milestone of democracy by welcoming Dutchess County Historical Society’s Executive Director Bill Jeffway and Head of Collections, Trustee Melodye Moore. Together they offered a fascinating look at the persons and events within Dutchess County that led up to the adoption of the US Constitutional Amendment in August of 1920 granting women across the nation the right to vote. From the beginning of organized efforts at the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, to influences prior to that, Dutchess County has had a unique influence in part due to its large Quaker community and the presence of Vassar College.

Top: Lucretia Mott, one of the five organizers of the Seneca Falls convention in 1848 was a student and teacher at the Nine Partners Boarding School in what is today Millbrook. Bottom: Vassar College faculty were not allowed to publicly advocate for women’s suffrage until after 1910. The leader of the Equal Suffrage League who did emerge at that time was Vassar Professor Laura J. Wylie.

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The Local Path to 1920 “Votes for Women” by Bill Jeffway will give you an overview of this journey to voter rights for women.  You will find a link to the article at https://dchsny.org/1920path/