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Feminists to visit Seneca Falls to celebrate centennial of women’s suffrage

Talk about plenty of advance notice.

Feminists from across the nation are invited to visit the Birthplace of the Women’s Rights Movement Jan. 17-19, 2020, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in America.

The gathering coincides with the fourth annual Women March in Seneca Falls.

On that January weekend, activists with Women March in Seneca Falls will conduct a three-day event celebrating the centennial of women’s suffrage, honoring the 700 historic, worldwide women’s marches of 2017 and encouraging all eligible Americans to exercise their right to vote in the 2020 election.

“In January 2020, we’ll march in the footsteps of my great-great-grandmother in Seneca Falls, where she and our foremothers first publicly demanded women’s right to vote,” said Coline Jenkins, great-great-granddaughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

The Wesleyan Chapel on Fall Street is the location of the first women’s rights convention in the United States, organized in 1848 by women’s rights and voting rights activist Stanton of Seneca Falls. The convention and its Declaration of Sentiments helped launch the women’s suffrage movement.

Women’s right to vote was realized by passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in 1920.

Activities planned for next January include a welcome gathering at the New York State Equal Rights Heritage Center in Auburn, the home and final resting place of Harriet Tubman. That will be followed by entertainment at Auburn Public Theater and in Seneca Falls.

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