NYS Announces Campaign That Promotes The State's Equal Rights History

May 6, 2017

Governor Cuomo is announcing a new campaign designed to promote tourism at historic sites  related to equal rights. The campaign is being rolled out in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State. 


The first TV commercial of the campaign features the Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester (see below).

Additional commercials planned for the campaign will feature destinations like the Harriet Tubman home in Auburn and the Stonewall National Monument in Manhattan.

"New York has a proud legacy of promoting equal rights, and this campaign will raise awareness of our state’s destinations surrounding those historic events," Governor Cuomo said. "I encourage visitors from near and far to get out and experience these attractions to learn about the critical role that the state played in shaping history and enacting progressive change for future generations."

A new I LOVE NEW YORK brochure highlighting New York State’s history of equal rights and related destinations will be available in-person at select locations, or online at www.iloveny.com/equalrights.

Attractions listed include events and sites dedicated to abolition and African-American history, suffrage and women’s rights, and LGBT and human rights.

New York State has played a critical role in the fight for women’s equality, from hosting the first-ever Women's Rights Convention in 1848, to the passage of the Women’s Equality Agenda in 2015.

New York State was at the forefront of the Underground Railroad, and a national leader in the abolition and anti-slavery movements. Abolition leaders like Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman made their home in the Empire State (Douglass lived in Rochester, and Tubman in Auburn)

A 14-member NYS Women’s Suffrage Commission, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, will plan and execute a series of statewide programs commemorating suffrage efforts in New York.