It was in a tiny upstate New York town, Seneca Falls, in 1848 that the women’s rights movement got its start. Today, it’s home to the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
This is the 50th anniversary, of the hall. Every other year a new class is inducted, for their enduring contributions to the nation and the world.
There are portraits of 276 women on the walls. Authors, astronauts, actresses, athletes, and of course, the suffragists. Many are world famous, some you’ve never heard of.
Women’s Hall of Fame Board President Betty Bayer said, “that’s the beauty of visiting the hall. People ask, why have I not heard of this person, why don’t I know about the woman who invented pediatric cardiac surgery techniques. That’s the question.”
The biggest question has been what to do about the fact that the Hall has outgrown its space. Here’s the answer. The Seneca Knitting Mills is being transformed into the new Women’s Hall of Fame.
The first phase of the project will be complete by September just in time for the induction of this year’s class.