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Gov. Hochul urges enactment of Equal Rights Amendment at 175th anniversary of Seneca Falls Convention (full coverage)

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Governor Kathy Hochul and Attorney General Letitia James were in Seneca Falls on Friday for the Women’s March ERA Rally.


Hochul marked the 175th anniversary for the historic Seneca Falls Convention by delivering remarks and calling for the Equal Rights Amendment.

During her address, Hochul reiterated the urgency of achieving gender equality.

“It is long overdue. We’ve been talking about the ERA since I was a kid, practically. Time is up. We’ve waited too long for those basic rights to be enshrined in our constitution,” she said.

Celebrating the landmark women’s rights convention, Governor Hochul acknowledged several key individuals who have been instrumental in championing women’s rights. Among these were Susan Scheuerman, Melina Carnicelli, Lydia Rosell, Attorney General Tish James, Congresswoman Cori Bush, Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia, Carolyn Maloney, and Eleanor Smeal.

Hochul emphasized the critical role women play in shaping history and challenged her audience, especially younger women, to continue the fight for gender equality.

Reflecting on her own role Hochul shared her pride in the work she does each day. “I could not be prouder to be the first woman governor of the great State of New York,” she said. “I didn’t come here to make history. I came here to make a difference.” She concluded her speech by looking forward to November 2024, expressing her determination to guarantee equality in the constitution.”

More photos from the night in Seneca Falls here: