State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) will display his New York State Senate "Women of Distinction" exhibit at the Fonda Fair from August 30th through September 5th. The display will be located on the walls near his booth inside the Grandstand building.
"The New York State Senate's "Women of Distinction" program celebrates not only the contributions of those who are highlighted in the display, but those of all New York women in the arts, sciences, academics, social reform, business and government. Our state has a proud history of women who have enriched life not only in New York, but also throughout the nation and the world," Senator Farley said.
Several women with ties to Fulton and Montgomery Counties are highlighted in the display. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a native of Johnstown, Fulton County, and Susan B. Anthony, a teacher who once taught in Canajoharie, Montgomery County, were social reformers that helped push for the right of women to vote. They laid the groundwork for the eventual adoption of the 19th Amendment on August 26th, 1920 when the United States Constitution was amended to grant women the right to vote. Native American Kateri Tekakwitha (1656-1680) hailed from Auriesville, Montgomery County, and was known for her ministrations on behalf of her people and for her physical sacrifice, a practice credited with bringing her in perfect union with God in prayer. Upon her death on April 7, 1680, at the young age of 24, the pockmarks from childhood miraculously disappeared. She was declared venerable and beatified by the Catholic Church, and an effort is underway to have her canonized.