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Glen Cove, a ‘Woman Suffrage City’ for August

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The plight for women’s voting rights is currently being in the city. This comes after the Glen Cove City Council voted on July 28 in favor of designating Glen Cove as a “Woman Suffrage City” for the month of August.

Because of the efforts of suffragists’ like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, who organized the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, N.Y., a national movement began to gain stamina towards equality for women, along with the right for women to vote.

New York passed a referendum granting women the right to vote on Nov. 6, 1917. And nationally, women across the states were granted the right to vote with the ratification of the 19th Amendment on Aug. 18, 1920.

“It acknowledges the struggle that women had to fight for the right to vote and it’s really a ceremonial acknowledgement of that,” City of Glen Cove Mayor Tim Tenke said.

“Mayor Tenke is proud to recognize the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment,” City of Glen Cove Public Relations Officer Shannon Vulin said. “This milestone of democracy is still relevant to equal rights today.”

Antonia Petrash, the founder of the Long Island Woman Suffrage Association, had suggested to Councilman Gaitley Stevenson-Mathews that, in remembrance of the 100th anniversary of women receiving the right to vote, Glen Cove become a “Woman Suffrage City” for the month of August.

“The idea is that it’s not only important for our nation, but also certainly here in Glen Cove where the Pratt sisters lived who were very much involved with that,” Stevenson-Mathews said during the July 28 City Council meeting.

Petrash is also the author of “Long Island and the Woman Suffrage Movement” and it was through her research for her book that she discovered the important role of Glen Cove Suffragists Helen Sherman Pratt and Florence Gibb Pratt [see sidebar].

In 2017, the City of Glen Cove and the Long Island Woman Suffrage Association had dedicated a Woman Suffrage historic marker on Dosoris Lane to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in New York and the effort of the Pratt sisters.

“I think it’s important for people to know the history of Women’s Suffrage and how long and hard women had to fight to get the vote,” Petrash said in 2017. “It’s important for the women for all the work they did.”