“Every women’s march arises in a moment,” writes Betty Bayer, professor of women’s studies and co-president of the National Women’s Hall of Fame board of directors. “Every march logs its protest in countless stories — told from person to person and sung out loud and clear in communities organizing for equality, justice and social change.”
Bayer’s op-ed, “Marching on: Women march in Seneca Falls,” was published recently in the Democrat & Chronicle in advance of the anniversary of the largest movement in U.S. history, the 2017 Women’s March, which drew more than 10,000 protesters to Seneca Falls, N.Y.
This year’s march on Saturday, Jan. 20, “is energized by a year full of activism” around a host of political issues, local, national and global,” Bayer writes. “There is a strong sense of energy and direction this year, and that holds for the Women’s March in Seneca Falls, ‘per-Sisters for Women’s Equality.’…We join with others to create inclusive and peaceful efforts to refuse injustice and to ensure candidates for office demonstrate records centered on justice and equality.”
The 2018 events in Seneca Falls will begin at First Amendment Park of the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, where speakers and performers will welcome and convene marchers at 10 a.m. The march will follow at 11 a.m., with a rally at noon at Seneca Falls Community Center.