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Greg Cotterill

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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Greg Cotterill

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.

National Women's Hall of Fame

It was back in September the Hall learned it was a finalist in a program called Partners in Preservation, which featured 20 sites around the country that celebrate diversity and the struggle for equality.

This week, the National Women’s Hall of Fame  learned it is one of the 11 winning historic sites, something they accomplished with the help of an online public voting campaign.

Rebecca Petropolous is operations manager at the Hall.  She says the funding will help them in their ongoing effort to renovate the 1844 Seneca Knitting Mill into their new home.

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People participating in marches in the United States and around the world walked in support of female empowerment and denounced President Donald Trump's views on immigration, abortion, LGBT rights and women's rights on the anniversary of his inauguration.

That included the location often referred to as the birthplace of the women’s rights movement, Seneca Falls, where a large crowd marched Saturday by the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, and the National Women’s Hall of Fame, among other landmarks.

Women prepare to march in Seneca Falls a year later

Jan 19, 2018
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This weekend, women will be marching all over the nation in the name of equality. Reverend Leah Ntuala is  pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Seneca Falls and one of the organizers for a Women’s March happening in Seneca Falls on Saturday. She says it’s time to check in since last year and ensure all women are being heard and advocated for.

We're broadcasting from WEOS, Finger Lakes Public Radio in Geneva, and we're talking to the co-presidents of the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls.

On September 16, ten new women were inducted into the Hall. We hear about their achievements, the induction process, and the Hall's goal to renovate the historic former Seneca Knitting Mill as its new home. Our guests:

  • Betty Bayer, co-president of the National Women's Hall of Fame
  • Eileen Hartmann, co-president of the National Women's Hall of Fame

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