Ganondagan State Historic Site

The native Seneca and Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) women who lived in the region long before European settlers arrived also played an important role in the evolution of women's rights. Jigöhsahsë’, known as the Mother of Nations, passed her title down through generations, and is credited for establishing the rights and responsibilities of male and female leadership role in the Iroquois Confederacy in this matrilineal society. While there is gender-distinct roles of leadership divided between men and women, women have equal responsibility in Haudenosaunee/Iroquois society. You can learn about the Seneca and Haudenosaunee people and their culture at the Seneca Art and Culture Center.