Kathy Hochul was sworn in as New York state’s first female governor, a circumstance that arose out of her predecessor’s disgrace over charges of sexual harassment, during Women’s Equality Week, marking the 101th anniversary of women getting the right to vote. She issued a proclamation declaring Aug. 26 Women’s Equality Day.
“Fifty-six governors led New York before me and they were all men. I am honored to be the first woman to hold this office in our great state, which is the birthplace of the Women’s Rights Movement,” Gov. Hochul said. “Women around the world should follow whatever dreams they have for themselves and rest assured they can overcome any obstacle in their way.”