In 1969, the National Women’s Hall of Fame opened in Seneca Falls, NY. Seneca Falls is considered the “birthplace” of women’s rights because of the 1848 convention organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott. The National Women’s Hall of Fame is “the nation’s oldest membership organization dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the achievements of great American women.”
My husband and I were able to tour the Hall of Fame in 1996 on a vacation to that scenic region of New York. I was impressed by the accomplishments of women from all races and ethnicities throughout the history of our country represented there.
From the National Women’s Hall of Fame mission statement:
Women’s stories are not told. More than 90% of the content of history books references men. Students cannot name 20 famous American women through history, excluding sports figures, celebrities and First Ladies. Only 20% of news articles are about women. A society that values women values all of its members. By telling the stories of great American women through exhibits and educational resources, the Hall will make a future where all members of society are valued a reality.
If you can’t visit in person, you can do the next best thing by taking a virtual tour on the website. You can learn more about the women in the Hall of Fame with the website’s alphabetical listing of all the inductees. There is a brief biography of each woman on the site.
The National Women’s Hall of Fame also maintains a Book of Lives and Legacies. For a donation of $100, you can share the story of a woman you admire and it will be preserved in the Book of Lives & Legacies online. You will also receive a commemorative plaque and one will be displayed at the Hall.
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