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The National Women’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony is Saturday. Attorney Gloria Allred, will be recognized as a trailblazer and pioneer for women’s rights. She is known for often taking on controversial and high-profile cases. 

Allred says she’s grateful to be recognized along with other women, some of whom, like Sonia Sotomayor are her “sheros,” as she calls them. 

Gloria Allred:

I’m just looking forward to congratulating them as well.

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The newest in the fleet of tugboats on the Erie Canal was christened Friday in honor of women’s suffrage leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

In the 19th century, the canal was like the interstate highway of the day. It was frequently the path traveled between Seneca Falls and Rochester as Cady Stanton and her fellow suffragists coordinated their campaign for women’s rights.

At Friday morning's dedication at Corn Hill Landing in Rochester, Cady Stanton's great-great-granddaughter, Coline Jenkins, said tugboats are a metaphor for the life's work of her historic ancestor.

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:

One year after worldwide women's marches, thousands more took to the streets in western New York and across the country.

We discuss the issues central to the movement. We also discuss what it means to be active, beyond marching or protesting. Our guests:

  • Mercedes Mike, education organizer for Metro Justice/Alliance for Quality Education who attended marches in Rochester in 2017 and 2018
  • Stephanie Vargas, activist who attended the 2017 march in Washington, D.C.
  • Miriam Zinter, activist who attended the 2017 march in Washington, D.C.
  • Marta Driscoll, program and outreach manager at Causewave Community Partners who attended the 2017 march in Washington, D.C.

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(AP) - The Cuomo administration is inviting teachers across New York to enter a competition to develop classroom projects and activities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women securing the right to vote in the state. 

New York voters approved a woman's right to vote in November 1917, three years before the 19th amendment granted the same right to women nationally. 

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The National Women's Hall of Fame inducted 10 women Saturday, celebrating their pioneering efforts in areas that include medicine, entertainment, the military and politics. There was also a luncheon and ceremony to celebrate 100 years since suffragists gained the right to vote in New York. 

During a conversation before the luncheon at the New York Chiropractic College, the women expressed mostly hope for the future of gender equality, especially in the workplace, which is one of the last frontiers for women's rights activists. 

VoteTilla is a celebration of the 100-year anniversary of woman suffrage in New York State. Boats will take a week-long journey on the Erie Canal, stopping at a number of cities from Clyde to Rochester, to commemorate the history of woman suffrage. Activities include reenactments of speeches by activists, films, a parade, and more.

We talk about the celebrations and the history with our guests:

  • Deborah Hughes, executive director of the Susan B. Anthony Museum and House
  • Bruce Schwendy, co-chair of the Fleet Committee for VoteTilla, and board member for the Canal Society of New York State
  • Jenni Werner, literary director and resident dramaturg at Geva Theatre Center and board member for the ImageOut Film Festival
  • Anne Coon, professor emeritus at the College of Liberal Arts at RIT, writer, and independent scholar

There is a building in Farmington that lost a wall during a windstorm in 2006, and maybe that seemed like no big deal; after all, the building looked old and decrepit. But this was a historic building, the home for debates and discussions on some of the most important subjects in American history: abolition of slavery, women's suffrage, rights for Native Americans. It's called the 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse, which is celebrating its bicentennial on October 22 and 23.

Our discussion focuses on the history, the role of the meetinghouse in advancing equality, and the upcoming events. In studio:

  • Dr. Judith Wellman, professor emerita of history at SUNY Oswego and former coordinator of Meetinghouse restoration
  • Lyle Jenks, president of the 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse organization
  • Veronica (Ronnie) Reitter, park supervisor/interpreter for Ganondagan State Historic Site
  • Meg Joseph, executive director, Friends of Ganondagan

Alternatives for Battered Women is changing their name and expanding their mission. We'll talk to the people involved in efforts to break the cycle of violence. The new organization is called Willow Domestic Violence Center. With us to discuss the changes and future vision:

  • Jaime Saunders, Willow Center CEO
  • Victor Rivers, actor and keynote speaker at Willow's upcoming annual luncheon

Connections: Almost All of The Women's Equality Act

Mar 19, 2015

For the past two years, state Democrats and Republicans have largely been in agreement on 9 of the 10 planks of Governor Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act. The one disagreement – the codification of Roe v. Wade. Democrats want to pass all 10 planks as a single unit, while state Republicans want to vote on each individually. The stalemate between the parties seems to be ending, with Democrats ceding to the Republicans and passing 9 of the 10 planks. So what does this mean for those looking to protect reproductive rights? What does leaving out this one plank mean for women’s rights in the workplace? We ask our guests:

  • Beth Cordello, Pullano & Farrow PLLC
  • Tracy Brooks, CEO Family Planning Advocates

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