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The 2018 Seneca Falls Revisited: Women’s Equality Conference kicks off this week. It will include presentations on Frederick Douglass as a suffragist, intersectionality in the women’s movement, and more.

We talk to the conference organizers about what progress in the movement means. Our guests:

Women prepare to march in Seneca Falls a year later

Jan 19, 2018
Greg Cotterill / WXXI News

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.

Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

It was a trip back in time and also a look forward in Pittsford Thursday with five boats traveling along the Erie Canal to celebrate the centennial of  women’s suffrage docked in Carpenter Park.

This was all part of an event called VoteTilla, which set off from Seneca Falls, the home of the first women’s rights convention, and Barbara Blaisdell, who has long portrayed Susan B. Anthony at events around Rochester helped get the crowd in the mood to talk about freedom and the right to vote.

Among those attending, Suzanne Morgan of Rochester and her daughter.

International Women's Day is Wednesday, and our guests discuss gender from a wide range of lenses. At the forefront is the idea that women of color do not often benefit from the progress that the rest of society enjoys.

We discuss what citizenship means, and we explore ways to make society truly equal. Our guests:

What’s set to take place after the Presidential inauguration this week is nothing less than “a global movement.” That’s according to one of the leaders of the Women’s March on Washington. There are nearly 400 women’s marches planned throughout the US and on six continents on January 21st, all inspired by the women-led DC march. The idea is to bring together women and men of all ages, races and backgrounds to be proactive about women’s rights and social justice under a trump presidency. More than twenty of the “Sister Marches” as they’re being called are taking place in upstate New York.

Several busloads of Rochesterians are planning to go to Washington, D.C. next month after the inauguration of Donald Trump. They’ll join the national Women’s March demonstration on January 21st.

We speak with the man helping to organize some of those buses, who says he’s been moved by how intense the interest has been. And we talk about how they’re trying to train demonstrators to engage people they meet – sometimes in tense situations – to help create productive dialogue.

Our guests:

Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the kick-off of New York State Women's Suffrage 100th Anniversary Commemoration Commission, which will be responsible for a series of statewide programs that celebrate women's suffrage in New York State.

The 14-member commission will work to promote the anniversary of women's suffrage between 2017, marking 100 years from when women won the right to vote in New York State and 2020, a century after the 19th Amendment was ratified.

Have you ever wondered what Susan B. Anthony might think of the current presidential campaign? How about what she might think of the debate over "women's issues" in 2016?

The director of the Susan B. Anthony Center at the University of Rochester will make a public presentation titled "If Susan B. Anthony Were Alive Today..." Kate Cerulli will include insight based on a review of letters written by Susan B. Anthony, and will offer ideas about what advice Susan B. Anthony might give to women today. Our guests:

Tennis great and women's equality advocate Billie Jean King is coming to Rochester to headline the annual Susan B. Anthony Birthday Luncheon. First, she joins us on Connections to talk about the state of equality, her impact, and the ways in which female leaders are inspiring the next generation. Our guests:

Some may say we don’t need feminism, because equality is here, but recent events say otherwise. Take for example that – finally – a woman will grace the front of U.S. currency, but it won’t be the $20 bill. Another example came this week, when a Brazilian soccer official stated his reasoning for an increase interest in the Women’s World Cup: “…the shorts are a bit shorter, the hair styles are more done up. It’s not a woman dressed as a man.”

We discuss these recent events and why the fight for equality is still ongoing with our panel:

  • Deborah Hughes, executive director of the Susan B. Anthony House
  • Barbara LeSavoy, director and assistant professor of Women and Gender Studies at SUNY Brockport
  • Haley Johnson, graduate student