October 11, 2017
ELMIRA, NY (WENY) -- Multiple community organizations in Elmira are teaming up to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage in New York.
Elmira College is partnering with Community Arts of Elmira, the YWCA Elmira and the Twin Tiers to present three events marking the anniversary.
Wednesday evening, Community Arts of Elmira kicked the series off to highlight the milestone.
Author and political analyst Destiny Kinal presented a lecture discussing Iroquois influences on the women suffragette movement through her historically researched books.
"I'm going to be reviewing some of the messages I've taken away from writing my own books which are about the 19th century and how much we lost there and how much we left behind in our love affair with modernity," says Kinal, author of the 'Textile Trilogy.'
"We feel that New York State being the first eastern state to pass the suffrage is a leader, and this is about women leading a movement, achieving a movement and doing that through an informed intelligent, powerful voice," says Lynne Rusinko, President of Community Arts of Elmira.
The next event will be a movie viewing featuring the PBS documentary titled "Awakening." That will take place next Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at the YWCA Elmira.
On Wednesday, October 25th at 6:00 p.m. the series will conclude with a discussion on empowering women for success. The event will take place on Elmira College's campus in the Peterson Chapel, Cowles Hall.