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Girl Scouts hold Women’s Rights Convention this weekend in Seneca Falls

WHAT: Carrying the Torch: Girl Scout Convention on Women’s Rights in Seneca Falls, N.Y., location of first women’s rights convention in 1848

Second annual collaboration between Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, Women’s Rights National Historical Park, National Women’s Hall of Fame and Friends of Women’s Rights National Historical Park commemorates 101st anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State while celebrating how girls of today carry the torch of equal rights through civic engagement

Participation gives girls the opportunity to not only learn about past achievements made by women but also empowers them to achieve their own goals and dreams

$10 per person – Open to all Girl Scouts, girls and the public – Pre-registration required at gsnypenn.org/torch

WHERE: Convention Headquarters – Seneca Falls Community Center
35 Water St., Seneca Falls, N.Y. – see schedule below for further details/locations

WHEN: Saturday & Sunday, October 6th – 7th, 2018

Saturday

8:30AM to 10AM – Situational Awareness & Self Protection Workshop with June Worden from Syracuse Self Defense at Seneca Falls Community Center (35 Water St.)

9AM to 9:30AM – Re-enactment reading of Declaration of Sentiments with actress portraying Elizabeth Cady Stanton at Wesleyan Chapel (126 Fall St.)

10AM to 4PM – Tours of Women’s Rights National Historical Park (136 Fall St.), Elizabeth Cady Stanton House (32 Washington St.), Wesleyan Chapel (126 Fall St.), National Women’s Hall of Fame (76 Fall St.), M’Clintock House (14 East William St., Waterloo)

10:30AM to 4PM – Girl Scouts complete activities to earn National Global Action Award focused on Global Goals for Sustainable Development (ending extreme poverty, fighting inequality and injustice, tackling climate change, etc.) at Seneca Falls Community Center (35 Water St.)

Sunday

8AM to 9AM – Sunrise Service for All Faith Communities led by Rev. Leah Ntuala at First Presbyterian Church of Seneca Falls (23 Cayuga St.) – site where suffrage leader Alice Paul first proposed Equal Rights Amendment in 1923

9AM to 11AM – Voter education exercise for girls – learn how to exercise your right and what happens when votes are suppressed, at Seneca Falls Community Center (35 Water St.)

10AM to 4PM – Tours of Women’s Rights National Historical Park (136 Fall St.), Elizabeth Cady Stanton House (32 Washington St.), Wesleyan Chapel (126 Fall St.), National Women’s Hall of Fame (76 Fall St.), M’Clintock House (14 East William St., Waterloo)

1PM to 5PM – The Convention with speakers on women’s entrepreneurship and empowerment, history of women’s rights and suffrage movement, the Girl Scout Movement at Seneca Falls Community Center (35 Water St.)

  • Keynote: Jess Ekstrom, Founder/CEO, Headbands of Hope
  • Julie Dale, CEO, Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways
  • Dr. Betty Bayer, President of National Women’s Hall of Fame and Professor of Women’s Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Rebecca Weaver, Girl Scout Alum and Park Ranger at Women’s Rights National Historical Park
  • “The Women Will Gather” closing with Girl Scout Women of Distinction Recipient Dr. Arlette Miller Smith, Associate Professor of English and Program Director of African American Studies Minor at St. John Fisher College

COVERAGE: Photos/footage of Girl Scouts, families and public attending event – Interviews with Girl Scouts/troop leaders/Council staff/key speakers from partner organizations

Please RSVP to coordinate coverage, if possible – Ask for Communications Director Jaime Alvarez upon arrival or call/text her at 315.263.5957

Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, Inc.  
Girl Scouts began over 100 years ago with one woman, Girl Scouts’ founder Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low, who believed in the power of every girl. Today we continue the Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways is chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA to administer the Girl Scout program in 24 counties of New York and two in Pennsylvania. Volunteer, reconnect, donate or join by visiting gsnypenn.org, contacting us at 1.855.213.8555 or following @GSNYPENN on FacebookTwitter,InstagramYouTube and Snapchat.

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