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The National Women’s Hall of Fame has announced the 9 women who will be inducted this fall, and among them is Michelle Obama.    

It’s not known yet if  the former First Lady will be at the October 2 event in Seneca Falls in-person, or virtually.

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A virtual ceremony hosted by the National Women's Hall of Fame Thursday night honored six women for their pioneering efforts toward equality.


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It's been 172 years since the first convention in the Finger Lakes kicked off the fight for women's rights. A new chapter in that story unfolded Saturday as news spread of the election of the first woman to a national office.

But when Ella Jordan and her family set out from Fairport for Seneca Falls on Saturday morning, the news of Kamala Harris' election as the first female vice president hadn't broken yet.

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This past weekend marked the annual Convention Days in Seneca Falls, which highlights the Women’s Rights Convention held in that community in 1848.

But, with COVID-19, most of this year’s activities had to be handled online. There was a significant outdoor event on Saturday when four women, who are part of a professional skydiving team, landed near the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

This year also marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment, which helped women secure the right to vote.

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About 2,000 people braved bitterly cold temperatures and snow for a rally and march in Seneca Falls on Saturday.

The event was part of three days of activities designed to “inspire all Americans to take an active role in democracy," encourage eligible voters to get out the vote and honor the legacy of women in leadership.

Thousands gathered in cities across the country Saturday as part of the nationwide Women's March rallies that focused on issues such as climate change, pay equity, reproductive rights and immigration. 

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Seneca Falls will be getting a big economic boost from New York state.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that the town will get $10 million in funding as part of the state’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul delivered the news Wednesday at the new home of the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

“It is gifted with a history that others can only dream of; what happened here, an epicenter of social movements that literally propelled our nation into a far better place,” Hochul told those gathered in Seneca Falls.

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The Seneca Falls Town Board on Tuesday night rejected a resolution to end funding for the Women's Hall of Fame if it inducts Jane Fonda.

But that was only after over an hour of passionate debate between Hall supporters and Vietnam veterans on Fonda's actions in the 1970s.

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A town official in the Finger Lakes wants to pull funding from the National Women’s Hall of Fame because he is not happy with one of this year’s inductees.

Seneca Falls Supervisor Greg Lazzaro has a resolution he’d like to see considered at the Town Board meeting next week which would end financial donations for events associated with the Hall, because one of this year’s inductees is Jane Fonda.

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Hundreds of people turned out in the bitter cold and snow on Saturday in Seneca Falls for the 3rd annual Women March. It was held in conjunction with events around the country with marchers advocating for women, immigrants, people of color and LGBTQ rights. 

The starting point for Saturday’s events had to be changed due to the partial government shutdown. A morning  rally at the Women's Rights National Historical Park was moved two blocks down Fall Street to Trinity Park.

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