One hundred years ago there were two monumental events that greatly affected Yates County. The first was in April when the United States entered the war against Germany in Europe and the second was in November, when an amendment to the New York Constitution granted the vote to the women of the state.
The Yates County History Center in Penn Yan has developed major exhibits to commemorate both events. Although Yates County men voted against the women’s suffrage amendment 2 to 1, there was an active group of women who campaigned for suffrage in the years leading up to the vote. The exhibit “Hear Our One Voice” in the L. Caroline Underwood Museum on Chapel Street recognizes the campaign that these brave women waged to earn the vote and demonstrates how the role of women in society changed in the 20th century.