The volume of participants certainly exceeded expectation. An estimated 10,000 marchers gathered in Seneca Falls at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park at 10 am for a march to stand in solidarity with women across the U.S.
Several marches and rallies were scheduled around the country. Locally, similar events took place in Ithaca, Rochester, and Syracuse. However, only one of those events took place in the birthplace of Women’s Rights.
Women March in Seneca Falls 2017 is an opportunity on January 21 to participate in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington to demonstrate the strength, power, and courage of women in America. The March begins at 10am with an outdoor rally at the Women's Rights National Historical Park, 136 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, New York, site of the first convention for women's rights held in 1848.
Marchers are asked to convene at First Amendment Declaration Park, between Visitor's Center & Wesleyan Chapel, and wear white, purple or gold hat/cap, gloves, scarves to highlight colors worn by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and activist Suffragettes as an instant means of visual recognition of their women's rights movement.
Historic Seneca Falls is the US Birthplace of Women's Rights; it was chosen for this local march by central New York organizers as a reminder to EVERY local, state, and national elected and appointed government official that women's rights activists are carrying on the political traditions of their foremothers. Organizer and event spokesperson, Melina Carnicelli, said, "As a result of the 2016 US election cycle, women are recommitted to be ever vigilant in their political activism. Women, and men, who support the hard-fought gains made over the past 150 years, are watching that rights belonging to women MUST NEVER BE DIMINISHED in our country, only uplifted. We call on all supporters of women's rights as human rights to walk with us on January 21."
Marchers will walk the five block route from First Amendment Declaration Park to First Presbyterian Church on Cayuga Street, where Alice Paul in a 1923 speech introduced what has become known as the proposed Equal Rights Amendment. A 2-hour indoor rally at the Church is free and open to all at the end of the march route. The program schedule features speakers and musical performances on political issues of deep concern to activists throughout the United States. "Call to Action" information tables by local civic groups will be located in the annex building adjacent to the Church.
Women March in Seneca Falls2017 is an inclusive march and is free to join.
Event Partners: Women's Rights National Historical Park; Friends of WRNHP; Central New York NOW Chapter; Emma Bauso Designs; Auburn Public Theater; Town of Seneca Falls, NY; First Presbyterian Church, Seneca Falls; WomanMade Products; Planned Parenthood Council of Western & Central NY; and many individuals who support this cause.
"We've chosen the path to equality; don't let them turn us around."
Seneca Falls, NY- Women’s Rights National Historical Park Presents “All Things Wild and Wonderful” an exhibit of quilts and hangings by Sylvia R. Apple January 4th, 2017 through January 31st. The quilts in the exhibit will focus on nature and wildlife. The quilts are created using hand painting, three-dimensional piecing, and applique. Found objects and unusual fabrics add drama and life to the pieces.
The Friends of Women’s Rights National Historical Park, Inc., is a not-for-profit organization that supports the mission of the Park to promote awareness of the 1848 Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls and its significance.
Our Mission is to inspire individuals to support this Park, the birthplace of Women’s Rights in America.
Our Vision is to insure, in perpetuity, the preservation of the Park for the inspiration and full achievement of equality for all.
To achieve this end, the national Friends organization raises funds for Park initiatives, including the preservation of Park historical sites and educational programs.
The Centennial Goal of the National Park Service is to connect with and create the next generation of Park visitors, supporters and advocates.
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