From the U.S. Senate to Iroquois, a special author’s visit

Senator Gillibrand talking to students with a projected image from her book in the background

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand discusses her book on women’s suffrage

On Friday, Dec. 7, Iroquois Middle School hosted U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who shared the inspiring stories that she chronicles in her new book, “Bold and Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote.”

Against the backdrop of the book’s illustrated pages, Sen. Gillibrand talked to students about how people such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, Alice Paul, and Inez Mulholland organized, marched, sacrificed and worked tirelessly to achieve women’s suffrage. Students from Teams Mohawk and Oneida, as well as fourth grade students from nearby Rosendale, were in attendance for this special author visit.

Sen. Gillibrand told the story of Inez Mulholland, who led suffrage processions on horseback and whose last words heard in public before her death, “Mr. President, how long must women wait for liberty” became a rallying cry of the movement.

“I think her message to us is that your voice matters – in life and in death,” Sen. Gillibrand said.

She asked students what causes were important to them, with answers including equality, peace and the planet.

Students also had the opportunity to ask Sen. Gillibrand some questions. One student asked about how she learned of the people she profiles in the book, which was illustrated by Maira Kalman.

“The way I learned about all of these amazing role models for all of us is by reading biographies,” Sen. Gillibrand said. “There’s so many good books in the library that your librarian can show you if you want to learn about the people who came before us. There are so many people who’ve done unbelievably brave and courageous things.”

Sen. Gillibrand was introduced by Iroquois 8th grade student Finley Watson.

An Iroquois student stands at the front of the cafeteria with Sen. Gillibrand and introduces her to students at the assembly

Sen. Gillibrand stands in the middle of the Iroquois cafeteria where students are seated and hands the microphone to a student to ask a question.