ITHACA, NY (WSKG) – Women’s Marches took place across the country this past weekend, including a few in upstate New York.
In Seneca Falls, home of the first Convention on Women’s Rights, the march was held for the fourth year in a row.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was one of the leading suffragists at the 1848 convention. Her great-great-grandaughter, Coline Jenkins, marched on the same grounds Saturday, pushing people to exercise those rights.
“I think it’s incredibly important that everybody get out there,” Jenkins said. “People fought very hard for your right to vote, so that’s the least you can do is show up.”
The marches started after President Trump’s election in 2016 and have continued every year since. While organizers claim the marches are non-partisan, most marchers chanted and displayed signs opposing the President.
Rochester Congressman Joe Morelle is a Democrat and thinks turnout at the marches may signal strong turnout and success for his party in the 2020 election.
“I think this is an indication of how energized people will be and I think turnout is going to be one of the highest in American history,” Morelle said.
A few hundred people participated in the march and the turnout was similar 2019 despite blizzard conditions both years.