ERA Centennial March & Rally – Save the Date! – 100 Years & Still Marching …. July 21, 2023

We are excited to share plans for our ERA Centennial March and Rally, hosted by Women March In Seneca Falls (WMISF), the Central New York National Organization of Women ( NOW), the Rochester NOW, the Women’s Institute for Leadership and Learning (WILL Seneca Falls) and Equal Rights Action, on July 21, 2023 at 5 PM at the First Presbyterian Church of Seneca Falls, located at 23 Cayuga Street. The ERA Centennial March and Rally is the culminating event on day one of the ERA Centennial Convention, occurring the same weekend, Friday, July 21 & 22nd, 2023. The ERA Centennial Convention is an intergenerational convening on the exact 100 year anniversary of the ERA in Seneca Falls. Make sure you check in at our event page to let us know you are going and visit the event page for the ERA Centennial Convention at the link above.

Past Events

Rematriation: Restoring Balance to Humanity

Seneca Falls Dialogues 2022 and Special Concert Honoring Joanne Shenandoah at Auburn Public Theater

The Women’s Institute for Leadership and Learning (WILL) will be hosting its biennial Seneca Falls Dialogues live this year, starting on October 7th. The weekend-long event will take place at the Quality Inn in Seneca Falls, then conclude on October 10th with a special tribute concert honoring Joanne Shenandoah at the Auburn Public Theater, in nearby Auburn, NY. 


Register for all or parts of the Dialogues weekend, and find event details at:  . Purchase tickets for the the Musical Concert & Memorial to honor the legacy of Joanne Shenandoah at Auburn Public Theater.

“This year is a different from our traditional Dialogue event,” said Emmo. “We’ve broadened the program and will present a unique and engaging experience that we are confident will interest everyone,” she stated.  The event is open to the public, and participants can choose to register for all, or just portions of the event. Registration will begin this week. The theme for the 2022 Dialogues is “Rematriation: Restoring Balance to Humanity,” a concept promoted by Michelle Schenandoah, who was keynote speaker at the 2020 Seneca Falls Dialogues event. Schenandoah’s work seeks a stronger voice for Native American women, and explores the cultural differences and impacts of governance and decision-making by Clan Mothers. She will open the Dialogues at 6 pm on Friday, October 7, and co-facilitate with many presenters in workshops on Saturday. An interfaith panel on the Doctrine of Discovery will conclude the discussions over brunch on Sunday. 

Workshops will discuss the history, cultural influences, spiritualism, and philosophies of women of the Haudenausaunee Confederacy, the oldest Democracy in the world, and the model from which America’s founders created an independent nation. 

According to Emmo, Rematriation: Restoring Balance to Humanity will look at Haudenausaunee governance, and ask several key questions about women’s critical role. 

“Isn’t it ironic that our forefathers aspired to create the Democracy the Haudenausaunee achieved, but then left an entire gender – its leadership – out of their model? There is no better place than Seneca Falls to discuss the astonishing lack of women in American government and leadership,” Emmo said. 

Two other organizations, WomenMarch in Seneca Falls, and the Central New York Chapter of the National Organization for Women are joining WILL to sponsor a Memorial Tribute concert on Sunday, October 10 at 7 pm. In celebration of Indigenous People’s Day, the special event will honor the legacy of Grammy winner and famed Native American singer/songwriter, Joanne Shenandoah, at the Auburn Public Theater, located in downtown Auburn, NY. 

The tribute concert will feature a number of musicians who are also Shenandoah’s friends and family members, including The Ripcords, with Rex Lyons & Irv Lyons, Jr. (Oneida Nation) featuring Blues, Latin and Tex-Mex music; Pura Fe (Tuscarora/Taino) providing soulful vocals; recording artist and humanitarian Joanelle Romero (Apache/Cheyenne); Joanne’s performing partners: sister, Diane, and daughter, Leah (Oneida Nation); and others. Additional sponsors honoring Shenandoah include Dr. Bob and Zohara Hieronimus, the Cayuga Community College Student Activities Board, and Wells College. Tickets for the concert event can be purchased separately through the Auburn Public Theater, or online at 

Protest Rally to Defend U.S. Reproductive Rights October 2nd, 2021


October 01, 2021 / 2:50pm

(Seneca Falls, NY). Women March in Seneca Falls 2021 invites supporters to this civic action in solidarity with all Women Marches in America on October 2, 2021:
October 2, 2021
10:00 am(outdoors)
First Amendment Space @ Women’s Rights National Historical Park
136 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Susan Scheuerman, Lead Organizer, Women March in Seneca Falls
  • New York Governor Kathy Hochul
  • Michelle Casey, President & CEO, Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York
  • May Summer Farnsworth, Spanish Language Professor, Hobart and William Smith Colleges; Feminist Activist, and Riot grrrl
  • Renee-Noelle Felice, Living Historian portraying Lucretia Mott
  • Mickey Belosi, President, CNY National Organization for Women
  • Layla Influencer:, JaRhea Dixon, Jaiyah Pierce, Brea Williams

Women March in Seneca Falls organizers wholeheartedly agree with New York Governor Kathy Hochul’s “Safe Harbor” remarks of September 27, 2021; the Governor said, “The weight of fighting for women’s rights is in New York’s DNA…So when we all watched as Texas effectively banned abortions in the state and other states introduced similar oppressive laws, I knew as New Yorkers we had to step up to our values.”
Susan Scheuerman, Lead Organizer, says, “We are against roll-backs, bans, and any type of infringement on our reproductive freedoms. As Elizabeth Cady Stanton stated, “self-sovereignty” of our bodies is what we want! We look forward to welcoming Governor Hochul and members of the public to the Birthplace of Women’s Rights in America,once again. The rally is scheduled outdoors, rain or shine. We encourage hand-made signs and expect a peaceful demonstration.”

Attendees are required to wear masks and to practice social distancing.
Susan Scheuerman, Lead Organizer
Women March in Seneca Falls

Women March in Seneca Falls 2021 presents: A Feminist Declaration for a Just America

Women March in Seneca Falls 2021 (WMinSF) celebrates the First 100 Days of the Biden/Harris Administration via our free virtual Manifesta, A Feminist Declaration for a Just America.  This event highlights women’s rights rallies & marches over the past four years of grassroots activism and leadership in the 35-minute videographic Declaration. The video’s 14 Manifesta Aims are each imagined as unique vignettes by the “Per-Sister” producers, highlighting overarching themes of Justice, Equity, and Inclusion necessary for a more just America. Read more about Women March in Seneca Falls’ A Feminist Declaration for a Just America HERE.

THEME: Celebrating the first 100 days of the Biden/Harris Administration with a free, virtual Manifesta

WHEN & WHERE? Friday, April 30th at NOON (EST), premiering virtually on Facebook Live and YouTube Live.

WHO? United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY); Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul (NY); Marley Mars, musician;  Jazmine Ghent, saxophonist; members of the CNYC chapter of NOW; Peg Eisenhardt, Emergency Room nurse; Marti Palmieri, actor, portraying Carrie Chapman Catt; Maggie Moore Holly, actor, portraying Harriet Tubman; Eunice White, actor, portraying Sojourner Truth; Barbara Blaisdell, actor, portraying Susan B.Anthony; Holly Near, Author/Composer “Fired Up,” performing with Emma’s Revolution; Christine Chin, Professor, Hobart and William Smith Colleges; Emma DeGroff, ballet performer/choreographer; Mimi McHale, vocalist; Nancy Sheehe, pianist; Casey O’Neill, Early Childhood Educator, Summit School of Ahwatukee; Rene Sanchez-Kazacos, Teacher, Roth Junior High School, Pittsford Central School District Board of Education; Susan Henking, Interim President, Salem Academy & College; Shanelle France, Special Education Teacher; Bronte Burleigh-Jones, Vice President for Finance and Administration, Dickinson College; May Summer Farnsworth, Professor, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva City School District Board of Education Member, Bilingual Education Action Team Leader for Geneva 2030 (Vamos Geneva 2030); Joyce P. Jacobsen, President, Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

CONTACT: Susan Scheuerman, Lead Organizer

2020 Weekend Event

4th Annual
Women March in Seneca Falls Weekend January 17-19, 2020


(Seneca Falls, NY) Women March in Seneca Falls 2020 Weekend is an inclusive, non-partisan 3-day event to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment. This January event is to inspire all Americans to take an active role in democracy: encouraging eligible voters to “get out the vote” in this centennial year; commemorating the historic 700+ global women’s marches of 2017; honoring the legacy of women in leadership from Haudenosaunee Clan Mothers (Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy) to today’s activist of all ages, smashing glass ceilings, and to champion Gen Z girls & Millennial young women.

THEME: 2020 is the centennial of women’s suffrage in America, and WMinSF2020 inSISTS that all eligible voters exercise their right to vote NOV 3, 2020.

WHEN & WHERE? Friday, January 17 – Sunday, January 19, 2020 in Seneca Falls, New York, the birthplace of women’s rights in America, and in nearby Auburn, home and final resting place of human rights icon Harriet Tubman.

WHO? Confirmed to date: Coline Jenkins, Great-great granddaughter of Elizabeth Cade Stanton; Diane Shenandoah & Michelle Shenandoah Powless, Haudenosaunee Faith Keepers; Holly Near, legendary American feminist singer/songwriter; Toni Van Pelt, National President NOW; BETTY, internationally-known activist rock trio; Sally Roesch Wagner, author and Women’s Suffrage Historian; Louise Herne, Clan Mother-Bear Clan Mohawk; Megan Smith, Chief Technology Officer for President Obama, former Google VP and CEO of Shift7 Technology; Katie Eder, Future Coalition founder; Rev Jacqueline Lewis, Pastor Middle Collegiate Church/NYC; Congressman Joseph Morelle, NY25.

FRIDAY, Jan 17, 2020 – At the NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center & Auburn Public Theater, Auburn, NY

5:30pm: Diane & Michelle Shenandoah, Haudenosaunee Faith Keepers; Opening Ceremony; Gathering Reception immediately following. Open to Public. No admission fee/donations accepted. 8:00pm: Holly Near in Concert, legendary American feminist singer/songwriter, social change activist & Women’s Music Movement founder

SATURDAY, Jan 18, 2020 – Seneca Falls, NY

4th Annual RALLY & MARCH, Trinity Park, 12:30pm.
Leader of Ceremonies: Maureen Quigley.
Invited Speakers & Performers: Coline Jenkins; Holly Near; Toni Van Pelt; Rev Jacqueline Lewis; Hon Joseph Morelle; BETTY.
1:00pm: Featuring the Nationwide “1@1 Minute” with Alyson Palmer

Women March in Seneca Falls STEP-OFF, 1:30pm (route less than 1 mile)

4:00pm: BETTY in Concert, iconic activist rock trio, 4pm; Seneca Falls venue TBA; opening performance by Central New York musical phenom, Madison Yearsley
(doors open @ 3pm)

SUNDAY, Jan 19, 2020 – First Presbyterian Church of Seneca Falls, 1pm

UNVEILING – ALICE PAUL Bronze Bust Rhode Island-based sculptor Victoria Guerina has gifted her monumental new work to this church’s congregation. This piece, part of the sculptor’s Notable Women series, commemorates the day and place in Seneca Falls when Alice Paul spoke from the church’s pulpit which remains in use to this day. On July 21, 1923 Alice Paul, suffragist, political activist and civic leader, delivered remarks seeking equality for both women and men under federal law. Her words became the text of the Equal Rights Amendment, and today almost 100 years later, the ERA is still only proposed and NOT YET ratified for inclusion into the US Constitution!

“An EPIC CONVERSATION”- moderated panel discussion tracing the legacy of women in leadership for social change in America and passing the leadership torch to activist Millennial young women and Gen Z girls. Confirmed: Louise Herne, Mama Bear Clan Mother; Coline Jenkins; Toni Van Pelt, National NOW President; Sally Roesch Wagner, Women’s Suffrage historian; Megan Smith, Shift7 Technology CEO & LGBTQ Activist; Katie Eder, Future Coalition, Founder; Gwen Webber-McLeod, Gwen, Inc, CEO; Leslie Myers-Small, New York State Assistant Commissioner of School Reform and Innovation;

MODERATOR: Betty Bayer, Hobart William Smith Colleges, Women Studies professor. CONVENER: Sheri Dozier-Owens, Women March in Seneca Falls Organizer

Women March in Seneca Falls 2020 is hosting a three-day commemorative celebration in collaboration with NYS Women’s Suffrage Commission; NYS ERHC; Women’s Institute for Leadership & Learning (WILL); First Presbyterian Church of Seneca Falls; Auburn Public Theater; CNY NOW; Town Board of Seneca Falls; Seneca Falls Public Works & Public Safety Departments; NYS Troopers & DOT; Local Emergency Management Teams; Generations Bank; WomanMade Products; Sandra Shutter Fine Art and Design; Seneca Falls Business Association.

WMinSF2020 UNITY PRINCIPLES: Women March in Seneca Falls is a non-partisan, grassroots group working to end systematic racism and sexism; and seeks gender parity in elected office; environmental justice and equal pay; an end to violence against women; support for LGBTQIA, immigrant and disability rights; passing the proposed ERA; and advocating for reproductive rights and self-sovereignty for all women.

SUPPORT ALLIES: WMinSF2020 Weekend in collaboration with NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center; Women in Leadership & Learning (WILL); First Presbyterian Church of Seneca Falls; Auburn Public Theater; NYS Women’s Suffrage Commission; CNY NOW; Town of Seneca Falls Town Council, Public Safety & Public Works; Generations Bank; Seneca Meadows Waste Management, Inc; Waterloo Container; WomenMade Products; Sandra Shutter Fine Art and Design; Seneca Falls Business Association; “19Campaign” donors.

CONTACT: Melina Carnicelli, Lead Organizer

Women March in Seneca Falls is an inclusive, non-partisan group dedicated to providing opportunities to publicly demonstrate the strength, power, and courage of women in America. It is committed to protecting and enhancing rights belonging to women through awareness and fundraising, meaningful collaborations, and community education in Seneca Falls, New York, US birthplace of women’s rights, and throughout New York state. Through frequent “calls to action,” Women March in Seneca Falls continually reminds local, state, and national elected and appointed government officials that women’s rights activists are vigilantly carrying on the political activism of their foremothers.

“We’ve chosen the path to equality; don’t let them turn us around.”
-Geraldine Ferraro

Unity Principles…
  1. Equal Pay
  2. Gender parity in elected office
  3. Passage of the proposed Equal Rights Amendment
  4. Reproductive rights/Self-sovereignty
  5. LGBTQ Rights
  6. Immigrant Rights
  7. Environmental Justice
  8. Disability Rights
  9. Ending systemic racism and sexism
  10. Eradicating violence against women