Batavia will host GLOW Women’s March on Jan. 19

Photo by Tom Rivers: A crowd of about 10,000 people marched in Seneca Falls on Jan. 21, 2017, the day after Donald Trump was inaugurated as president. Seneca Falls, a small town about a two-hour drive from Orleans County, is the birthplace of the women’s rights movement, where Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and others gathered in 1848.

Posted 7 January 2019 at 8:25 am

‘This march is only the beginning of a larger ongoing effort to bring awareness to the unique challenges faced by rural women’

Press Release, GLOW Women’s March

BATAVIA – This January, the GLOW region aims to prove that not every activist lives in a city.

Many women in Genesee, Orleans, Livingston, and Wyoming counties have been a part of the political scene going back centuries, and more have joined movements and causes since the 2016 election. A large number attended an event for the first-ever Women’s March in January 2017, the largest protest event in world history. But while they might have marched in D.C., Seneca Falls, Rochester or Buffalo in past years, this year the March is coming to GLOW.

On Saturday, January 19, women and allies will gather at Jackson Square in Batavia at 10 a.m. Following remarks and performances, marchers will embark on a short route down Center, Ellicott and Liberty streets, crossing Main and ending at the Mall at Batavia City Center for more speakers and nonprofit vendor tables with information on local causes and resources.

This march is only the beginning of a larger ongoing effort to bring awareness to the unique challenges faced by rural women – rural women of any race, religion, sexual orientation, economic status, citizenship status, and transgender women as well.

Marchers aim to encourage women to take a seat at the tables of local legislative bodies, and support the efforts of pro-women (or rather, pro-human) causes—including reproductive rights, LGBTQ+ rights, sexual and domestic violence prevention, gun violence prevention, racial justice, immigration reform, and climate change awareness, among others. These endeavors crisscross the many intersections of our lives, and by uplifting each other our entire community succeeds.

Marching in January is a demonstration of solidarity with our sisters, daughters, mothers, partners and friends for a future of equality, justice and compassion for all.

For more information, find GLOW.WomenMarch on Facebook and Instagram.

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