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Celebrate 100 Years of Women's Suffrage

The Finger Lakes Region was named among “16 Inspiring Trips to Celebrate International Women's Day” by

Celebrate Women's History Month

In addition to the annual focus on Women's History in March, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women's constitutional right to vote. The passage marked the largest expansion of democracy in the history of our country. By remembering the past, let us all feel inspired by the privilege and responsibility we share in the right to vote. Across the Finger Lakes Region, you’ll find events and tours this year celebrating women.

Ithaca Trailblazers

Did you know? Ithaca has been home to many famous women over the decades who have proven to be beacons of their time in the arts and sciences. 

  • Dorothy Cotton - civil rights activist who worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., established the Ithaca-based Dorothy Cotton Institute.
  • Martha Van Rensselaer - educator & advocate for women, established Cornell’s School of Home Economics in 1919, now known as Cornell’s College of Human Ecology.
  • Irene Castle - dancer, silent film star and animal rights activist, also married to notable Ithacan Robert Treman.

Noteworthy Women-Owned or Operated Businesses in Ithaca and Tompkins County

  • Hammerstone School of Carpentry |
  • The Clay School |
  • The Metal Smithery |
  • The Danby Gathery |
  • Paddle-N-More |
  • Alphabet Soup Toy Store |
  • Wine & Blooms |
  • Gourdlandia |

Female Chefs, Winemakers, Farmers, & Local Connoisseurs

Ithaca's dining scene is world-class. Female chefs, winemakers, farmers, and local connoisseurs have shaped the hospitality experience in our region.

  • Moosewood |
  • Ithaca is Foodies |
  • Experience! The Finger Lakes |
  • Eve’s Cidery |
  • Bet The Farm Winery |
  • Red Feet Wine Market |

    Special Women's History Events and Exhibits

    • Sisters of Change: Dorothy Cotton and Unsung Sheroes for Racial Justice inside the Tompkins Center for History & Culture 

    • League of Women Voters inside the Tompkins Center for History & Culture

    • More Than Reported: images of Black Women from the Cornell Hip Hop Archives, 1970-2005, Kroch Library Cornell University


    For 100 Ways to Celebrate Women Empowerment in the Finger Lakes, check out

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