Several Upcoming Events Celebrating Haudenosaunee Influence on the Women’s Rights Movement

The Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation and Women’s Rights National Historical Park Present Exhibits, Dialogues and Programs Celebrating Haudenosaunee Influence on the Women’s Rights Movement

Fayetteville and Seneca Falls, NY – Exhibits highlighting the influence of Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) women on the vision of the woman’s rights movement will open at Women’s Rights National Historic Park in Seneca Falls on October 7 and the Matilda Joslyn Gage Center for Social Justice Dialogue in Fayetteville on October 14. Programs and dialogues at both sites will invite visitors to explore the often-untold story of Haudenosaunee influence, survival, and legacy. These Six Nations Confederacy women, with their legal, political, economic and personal authority, gave New York women a model to emulate.

The exhibit The Haudenosaunee Confederacy: Leading the Way to Women’s Rights will open October 7 at Women’s Rights National Historical Park, 136 Fall St. in Seneca Falls. Programs highlighting Indigenous culture will take place through the weekend with ranger dialogue programs, artwork and a hands-on, outdoor timeline demonstrating the continuity of Indigenous cultures in the area at the park.

Women Voted in New York Before Columbus, a Humanities N.Y.-sponsored talk by Sally Roesch Wagner takes place Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. at ArtRage Gallery, 505 Hawley Ave., Syracuse.

The Gage Center begins their programming on Thursday, October 12, at 7:00-8:30 with Witness to Injustice: Unraveling Historic Native & U.S. Relations, a 1 ½ hour inter-active group exercise to raise awareness of the history of the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the part of the world now known as the United States. Registration is limited to 25. Call 315-637-9511 or email to reserve your place.

The Gage Center opens the exhibit, The Haudenosaunee Confederacy: Leading the Way to Women’s Rights on October 14 at 210 East Genesee St. in Fayetteville, with programs beginning at 10:00 a.m., including films, talks and dialogue on, “Should we celebrate Columbus Day or Indigenous People’s Day?”

A full schedule of events at both sites are available on their websites: and All programs are free and open to the public

The exhibits were created by the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation. This project was supported by the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, a network of historic sites and museums dedicated to interpreting themes of human rights through dialogue-based approaches, with additional funding from Humanities New York and the Governor’s New York Suffrage Centennial Commission.


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