Students, faculty and alums from HWS community convene at Women's Rights Rally in Washington, D.C.
(April 29, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.– More than 1 million people descended on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., April 25 to participate in the March for Women's Lives–the largest crowd ever convened for a Women's Rights Rally in our nation's capital. Among the marchers were more than 70 students, faculty and alums, carrying the Hobart and William Smith Colleges banner.
Support from HWS came from six organizations–NARAL Pro-Choice NY @ HWS, Women's Collective, the Progressive Student Union, College Democrats, Pride Alliance and the Caribbean Students Association. Students sold T-shirts to help fund the cost of the trip.
HWS faculty and staff members who marched include Donna Albro, Betty Bayer, Anita Canizares, Alan Frishman, Susan Henking, George Joseph, Thelma Pinto, Cynthia Sutton, Lisa Tetrault and Margaret Weitekamp. Alums include Carol Brotman-White '75, Elizabeth Keim '85, Carolyn Lesemann-Happy '86, Erika Piik '87, Nancy Nowak Rutherford '71 and Susan Yolen '72.
William Smith first-year Stephanie Feinman, of New York City, said the rally was an effort to give an urgent wake-up call to government leaders and the nation, stressing that women's lives are at risk when lawmakers intrude on a woman's right to access reproductive health services.
“One of the reasons why we are marching is to prevent unplanned pregnancies and reduce the number of abortions that need to happen,” says Feinman. “We can do this by access to emergency contraceptive, birth control and comprehensive sexual health education.”
The pro-choice march was a collaborative effort of seven leading national women's rights groups: the American Civil Liberties Union, the Black Women's Health Imperative, the Feminist Majority, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, the National Organization for Women and Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
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