JOHNSTOWN - Member organizations of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Women's Consortium are planning events for 2015 to honor the 200th anniversary of Stanton's birth.
Stanton, who was born and raised in Johnstown, was a leader in the women's suffrage movement, but died before the passage of the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution, which gave women the right to vote.
The theme of the year's events will be "Our History is Our Strength" from the National Women's History Project, a news release said.
The Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York, who are members of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Women's Consortium, will kick off the events Jan. 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a day geared for area Girl Scouts at the Johnstown Area Community Center. The girls attending will have the opportunity to meet the first Fulton County female judge, learn about Native American women, make a family tree, discover how local women have made history, learn about women's clothing in Victorian times and celebrate Elizabeth Cady Stanton's 200th birthday, according to the release.
Area Girl Scout leaders will receive registration forms for the January event. Former Girl Scouts who would like to assist with the event should contact either of the event's co-chairs: Cindy Rivera of GSNENY at 489-8110, Ext. 126, or Jo-Ann Clear at 725-7791.
Sponsors are being sought to cover the costs of the day. Donations may be sent to Jo-Ann Clear, treasurer, ECSWC, 45 North St., Gloversville, NY 12078. For more information, call Clear or Rivera.
Monthly events focusing on women's accomplishments are being organized by other consortium members to take place throughout 2015. The fifth ECS Women's Symposium, "Herstory - 2015," will be held at the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services Votec Center, Route 67, on March 21.
The next meeting of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Women's Consortium will take place at the Johnstown Public Library at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 26. Representatives from each of the member organizations are encouraged to attend. The agenda will include plans for speakers and workshops for the March 21 symposium, as well as updates on member programs planned for the year.
Consortium member organizations include the Amsterdam-Gloversville-Johnstown branch of the American Association of University Women, Elizabeth Cady Stanton Hometown Association, the Eclectic Society, Women Democrats, the Republican Women's Club of Fulton County, Soroptimist International, Women of FMCC, Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York and the GFWC Century Club.