Women and the Assembly
In 1918, only months
after women were given the vote by an amendment to the United
States Constitution, Ida Sammis
and Mary Lilly
were the first women elected to the New York State Legislature.
Both served in the Assembly.
In 1955, Bessie Buchanan
became the first African-American Assemblywoman.
Established in 1981,
the New York State Assembly Task Force on Women's Issues
reviews legislation that may be in any of the 38 Assembly committees.
The Task Force
identifies issues that affect women, initiates new legislation,
and promotes pending legislation concerned with the specific
problems of New York State's women. In addition, the Task Force
encourages administrative policies that will further women's
rights. The Task Force works closely with women's groups, service
organizations and concerned individuals across the state, as
well as with state agencies, the Governor's office and other