A new Girls Scouts patch was released this week to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in New York.

Courtesy of NYS Governors Office
Courtesy of NYS Governors Office

At a special gathering held on Monday representatives from all seven New York Girl Scout Councils along with New York's Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul met to announce the addition of a new patch which they say will allow the girls to learn about the history of the women’s movement in New York and envision how they can lead for justice.

"From the birth of the women’s suffrage movement with the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 to the strongest in-the-nation paid family leave and the Women’s Equality Act, New York has remained on the forefront of the battle for women’s rights and gender equality," Governor Cuomo said. "This new patch is a great opportunity for girls across New York to learn about the importance of the fight for women’s suffrage as they become the next generation to lead the movement for equality and justice for all."

Officials say the patch program will; "ask scouts to think about what justice means to them, how the Women’s Rights Movement is a part of their lives today, and encourages them to make advocacy a part of their lives." To earn the patch the Girls Scouts must learn about key suffrage leaders, learn the definition of civil disobedience,visit key sites in the women's rights movement (in person or virtually) and also create a suffrage banner, among other activities.

Fore more information on the Women's Suffrage movement in New York visit www.ny.gov/suffrage.