Ida was a suffragist from Huntington, Long Island. She challenged incumbent Assemblyman Henry A. Murphy in that June’s Republican primary to represent the 2nd A.D., won the primary and general election. There were more women than men registered to vote in her hometown.
Generations of elected women have applauded Ida’s first act in the state assembly: she took the brass spittoon issued to members, polished it, filled it with roses and transformed it into a vase for her desk.
Like Ida, the first women elected in New York have transformed our politics and governments – from the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to our state house, county seats, cities, towns and villages.
The Anthony Center’s First Women project presents the lives and work of these political pioneers as a resource for students and scholars and for citizens looking to be inspired by women’s active commitment to your country's democratic ideals.
First Women State Executives of NY:
First Women Justice of NY Supreme Court:
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View Anthony Center Director Nora Bredes give an introduction to the First Women Project here.
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