Thursday, 13 June 2024 13:07

SSDC to Host June 23 Luncheon to Honor Legacy of Saratoga Springs’ Kathryn Starbuck

SARATOGA SPRINGS —Kathryn Starbuck, a Saratoga Springs resident born in 1887, was an organizer and leader in the local suffrage movement throughout her life, delivering speeches,  organizing events and galvanizing women across Saratoga County into the 20th century.   

In 1914, Starbuck became one of the first women to graduate from Albany Law School. She would later work as a professor of law at Skidmore College, serve as president of the Saratoga Springs Board of Education and become the first chairperson of the Saratoga County League of Woman Voters, according to the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, who in 2022 erected a historical marker in front of the Fifth Avenue residence in Saratoga Springs where the leader in Saratoga County women’s suffrage events made her home. 

On June 23, the Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee will host the Kathryn Starbuck Legacy Luncheon in memory and honor of Kathryn Starbuck. 

Sasha Neha Ahuja, Campaign Director for New Yorkers for Equal Rights, will serve as principal speaker, and the 2024 Kathryn Starbuck Lifetime Achievement Award will be received Barbara Thomas, best known as a volunteer leader supporting the NY Equal Rights Amendment, League of Women Voters of Saratoga and NYS.

“The Starbuck Luncheon rises above politics to acknowledge our shared belief in equal rights for all.  said Otis Maxwell, Chair of the SSDC. “Kathryn Starbuck’s life and legacy have inspired us for decades.”

Patricia Nugent, author, advocate, and chair of the Women’s Rights Awareness Campaign for Saratoga County LWV and member of the NY ERA Task Force, Robin Chappelle Golston, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts, and former Executive Deputy Secretary in Governor Kathy Hochul’s administration will also be recognized. Additionally, two students from Saratoga Springs High School will receive Kathryn Starbuck Future Leaders awards. 

The event takes place from noon – 2 p.m. Sunday, June 23 at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in the Saratoga Spa State Park. Tickets are available at:  https://secure.actblue.com/donate/starbuck2024.

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