Batavia will host Women’s March on Jan. 20

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 28 August 2018 at 8:01 am

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.

BATAVIA – Some members of the GLOW Democrats are planning a Women’s March in Batavia on Jan. 20, 2019.

Communities across the country have had women’s marches beginning on Jan. 21, 2017, the day after President Donald Trump was inaugurated. The second march was on Jan. 20, 2018, the one-year anniversary of Trump taking power as president.

Dorothy Avery of Bergen attended the first march in Washington, D.C. and then in January drove to the event in Seneca Falls. She is leading the effort to have a march in Batavia.

“We’re going to bring rural women together,” Avery said. “We need to stand up and make our voices heard.”

Avery helped plan the “March for Our Lives” event on March 24 in Batavia, part of a national protest against gun violence in schools. Avery was estimating about 30 people to turn out, but the crowd topped 200.

“It was amazing,” she said. “I was kind of floored by that.”

The response showed her rural New Yorkers in the GLOW region want to make their voices heard in their own community. The events help like-minded people develop a network to push for change, she said.

Organizers of the Batavia Women’s March will meet at 7 p.m. today at 31 Woodcrest Drive in Batavia. For more information, click here or email Avery at

“It’s a piece of the puzzle,” Avery said about the marches and the push for women’s rights and representation. “We’ve always been up against an old boys’ club. We’re trying to get women more involved in the community.”

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