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Gloria Steinem

The event was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns

Haudenosaunee Women’s Influence on the Women’s Rights Movement

Featuring: Gloria Steinem, Sally Roesch Wagner, Jeanne Shenandoah, & Betty Lyons

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.

Haudenosaunee Women's Influence Poster

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

After the panel, we will present the first Annual Matilda Effect Project Award to the family of Audrey Shenandoah held the title of Deer Clanmother of the Onondaga Nation. Audrey has represented the Haudenosaunee Confederacy internationally as a writer, teacher, and adviser of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy to the United Nations.

Matilda Effect

The term “Matilda Effect” was created by scientist Margaret Rossiter to refer to women like Gage who are not recognized for their achievements and inventions. The Matilda Effect Project will design a database that will memorialize their important contributions in an effort to repopulate our history with intersectional women who, like Gage, have worked for social justice and peace by creating a database that will memorialize their important efforts.

The event is a fundraiser for the American Indian Law Alliance and the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation and is co-sponsored by the American Indian Community House and the Ethical NYC. For TICKETS visit:

Event Details

  • Date: March 9th, 2020
  • Time:
    • VIP: 6:00-6:45PM
    • Event: 7:00-9:00PM
  • Place: Ethical NYC, 2 West 64th Street New York, NY 10023
  • Tickets:
    • VIP $200
    • Event & autographed copy of Sally Roesch Wagner’s The Women’s Suffrage Movement: $75
    • Event: $50

source: Matilda Effect

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