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Hochul urges students to take on women’s rights fight

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul is well aware of the history this region has when it comes to an issue close to her heart: women’s rights.

On the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges Tuesday afternoon to highlight the Cuomo administration’s 2019 Women’s Justice Agenda, Hochul pointed east to Seneca Falls, the site of the nation’s first women’s rights convention in 1848, where those gathered outlined a host of justice issues, including the right to vote.

She was speaking on a campus that shares firsts for women, including Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the nation’s first female doctor, who studied at Geneva Medical College, an early incarnation of HWS, a point noted by HWS Acting President Pat McGuire.

He also provided a contemporary example of positive change for women on the HWS campus: Joyce Jacobsen, who earlier this year was named the Colleges’ next president.

Hochul called Jacobsen’s presidency, which takes effect in July, a “huge, huge thing to celebrate,” adding that only about 20 percent of college presidential posts are held by women.

All those things are good, said Hochul, but there is much more to be done, and she said it’s future generations that must work to ensure that women are on equal footing with men.

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