Oneida County Tourism marks anniversary of 19th Amendment with Sunflower Selfie Project

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Oneida County Tourism is celebrating its 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment — the Women’s Right to Vote — with its 2020 Sunflower Selfie Project.

The purpose of this project is to educate locals on the history of the state and encourage them to visit Wagner Farms now through mid-September and post a selfie in the sunflower fields with the hashtag #SunflowerSelfieNY. 

“New York State has led the nation in women’s rights initiatives,” Oneida County Tourism President Kelly Blazosky said. “To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote, we launched a fun and creative way for people of all ages and abilities to connect with one of the founders of our nation’s women’s rights, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, born in nearby Johnstown.

She said, “Stanton, who wrote under the pseudonym ‘Sunflower,’ captured the important role of women in society, advocated for children and the less fortunate, and inspired movements that forever transformed our state and nation. The sunflower fields are awe-inspiring and represent the beauty of nature. We encourage everyone to visit the sunflower fields this summer, take and post a selfie from your favorite spot, and show appreciation for the important women in your life.”

Tuesday marked the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment when the words, “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged...on account of sex,” were added to the U.S. Constitution. 

Earlier this year, Oneida County Tourism released its 2020 Travel Guide which featured a sunflower field image from Wagner Farms in Rome.

The image is used to highlight the Sunflower Selfie campaign. The project is also a wonderful way to explore locally at a location where people can enjoy space, nature and events safely, officials said, adding that Ron Wagner, the owner of Wagner Farms, is also selling merchandise promoting the campaign.

Stanton was an American suffragist, social activist and abolitionist.

Using the pseudonym, “Sunflower,” Stanton wrote articles about women’s rights for The Lily, the first newspaper for women, between 1849 and 1853.

Stanton’s home in nearby Seneca Falls is now part of the Women’s Rights National Historical Park.

For more information about Stanton or the movement, visit the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Hometown Association at https://www.ecstantonhometown.org.

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