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If you crack open a conventional history book, you might get the impression that women played only a small part in making the world we live in today. In reality, we know that women have shaped history at every turn and at all levels.

Though often defined primarily by their relationships to powerful men or dismissed as "merely" concerned with domestic pursuits, women throughout the history of New York have been activists, farmers, entrepreneurs, scientists, educators, community leaders, and more.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation invites you to discover some of the State's most extraordinary women. A rich sampling of their notable contributions is included below, and you can learn even more at many state parks, historic sites, museums, and I LOVE NY'S Path Through History: Women's Rights list.Leaving New York State Parks

We hope that you will take the information as a starting point in your exploration of women's history in New York!

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