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The TOU is friends of the American Indian Law Alliance and so shares information about this upcoming outstanding event.

While we celebrate the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in the United States, to celebrate the fact that women of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy have exercised political voice in this land for 1,000 years. These Indigenous women were the model for early suffragists like Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Matilda Joslyn Gage. In the mid-1800s, women of the United States were considered “dead in the law” after they married, which meant they had no rights and were under the control of their husbands. They looked at their Indigenous sisters, with whom they had formed friendships, and saw another society, one in which women and men were equals. Women were able to choose their political representatives, while having responsibility for the economy, land, and spiritual ceremonies. This model became the impetus for American women to demand equality under the law and the right to vote.

To learn more about this amazing confluence of cultures and to celebrate the 100th anniversary of woman suffrage in 2020, join us as we honor our Haudenosaunee Sisters for their inspiration and guidance.

  • Gloria Steinem, writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist organizer
  • Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner, Executive Director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation
  • Jeanne Shenandoah, Onondaga Nation Eel Clan Traditional Medicine Keeper
  • Gaeñ hia uh/Betty Lyons, Onondaga Nation, Snipe Clan, Executive Director of the American Indian Law Alliance

More Info here.

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