Senator Farley Hosts Women Of Distinction Display At Amsterdam Riverfront Center

Hugh T. Farley

March 10, 2005

To celebrate Women's History Month, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C - Schenectady) today announced that an exhibit honoring historic New York women whose achievements in arts, science, government, labor, education and social reform have earned them recognition as "Women of Distinction" will be on display at the upper level of the Riverfront Center in Amsterdam starting March 14th.

The "Women of Distinction" exhibit features information on 42 historic New York women, from suffragists to geneticists, labor organizers to entertainers, whose contributions are still felt today and who stand as an inspiration to the next generation of inventors, explorers and achievers. This display will be open to the public March 14th through March 18th and March 21th through March 24th, during regular business hours.

In addition to being displayed near his Amsterdam District Office, the exhibit can be viewed at his website, The website contains easy-to-read biographies of these great women, as well as identifying resources, many online, to help visitors learn more. A free booklet version of the display is also available by calling Senator Farley's office at 455-2181 (Albany), 843-2188 (Amsterdam), 762-3733 (Johnstown) or toll-free at (800) 224-5201.

"Women's History Month is a time to take stock of the enormous contributions of great women from our past. The 'Women of Distinction' exhibit singles out just a few of these extraordinary people as an example of women's achievements that continue to this very day," said Senator Farley.

The display includes biographical information on Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton -- who both have ties to Montgomery and Fulton counties -- Lucille Ball, "Grandma Moses" Robinson, Harriet Tubman and Emma Willard, among others, all with strong links to New York. The "Women of Distinction" program was created by the Senate in 1998 to recognize the contributions of historic New Yorkers in celebration of National Women's History Month, held each March.