On Saturday, Jan. 21, members of the HWS community will participate in the Women’s March and Rally in Seneca Falls, which is anticipated to be a record gathering, held in solidarity with the march in the nation’s capital and with scores of simultaneous international demonstrations.
The march in Seneca Falls will begin at 10 a.m. at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, 136 Fall Street, the location of the first convention for women’s rights held in 1848.
“For women’s rights and human rights, Seneca Falls is among the most sacred grounds in the U.S. and certainly in central New York,” says organizer and event spokesperson Melina Carnicelli, who expects a “broad spectrum of people from different perspectives” to attend in unprecedented numbers.
Two vans from HWS will transport students, faculty and staff to Seneca Falls, departing from the Security Building at 8, 8:30, 9 and 9:30 a.m. RSVPs for seats should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20.
Marchers will gather at the First Amendment Declaration Park and walk the five-block route to the First Presbyterian Church on Cayuga Street, where Alice Paul in a 1923 speech introduced what has become known as the proposed Equal Rights Amendment. The afternoon portion of the inclusive, non-partisan, peaceful and free event will feature speakers and musical performances, including Syracuse mayor Stephanie Miner and author and women’s rights historian Sally Roesch Wagner, among others. “Call to Action” information tables by local civic groups will be located in the annex building adjacent to the church.
With this opportunity “to participate in solidarity with those who are marching for women’s rights and human rights,” Carnicelli and other local activists intend “to send a strong visual message to all elected officials that we’re carrying on our tradition of safeguarding our rights,” she says. “It’s a ‘call to action’ for participants and supporters to be vigilant activists each day for the next four years to protect and uplift rights belonging to women and all groups seeking social justice and equality in America.”
“It is about the power of speech, courage on the issues, strength on where our history has been and where it is going,” says HWS Professor of Women’s Studies Betty Bayer, who serves on the Board of the National Women’s Hall of Fame and is also involved in organizing the rally. An expert on the intersections of women’s history, psychology, science, religion and spirituality, Bayer has served as the chair of the HWS Women Studies Program and directed the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men.
Organizers ask participants to wear white, purple or gold hats, gloves or scarves to highlight colors worn by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and activist Suffragists as an instant means of visual recognition of their women’s rights movement.
Event Partners: Friends of WRNHP; Central New York NOW; Emma Bauso Designs; Auburn Public Theater; First Presbyterian Church, Seneca Falls; WomanMade Products; Planned Parenthood of Central & Western NY; Lake Drum Brewing; Eleanor’s Legacy; Waterloo Container; ASL Interpreters; and many individuals who support this cause.