Seneca Falls proud to host Women's Equality Act announcement
There has been incredible progress but it also frustrates Becky Bly that equal pay and discrimination are still problems one hundred and fifteen years after the first women's convention met in Seneca Falls.
"It's frustrating that it has taken so long but heartwarming and gives us hope that finally we're going to move in the right direction," said Bly.
Bly owns a store in Seneca Falls focused on crafts made by women or supporting. She hopes Governor Cuomo's Women's Equality Act will renew awareness of the rights Seneca Falls is known for. The village is home to the Women's Rights National Park and the National Women's Hall of Fame. Tanya Warren from the Seneca Falls Visitor's Center hopes the next generation - including her own daughters - do not forget what it took to get here.
"In their mind, they've got all the freedoms they could want so they don't realize all the fights that went on before or that there is more to fight for. So hopefully this will reach the next generation of women and men," said Warren.
Supporters lined up outside the Women's Rights Park more than hour before Cuomo's presentation but across the street, anti-abortion protestors also let Cuomo know they did not want to see New York's abortion laws expanded.