Fullis Conroy, of Ithaca, said she and her friends marched on Wednesday because they "don’t want to go back to the ’50s."

Jeeah Eom / Sun Staff Photographer

Fullis Conroy, of Ithaca, said she and her friends marched on Wednesday because they "don’t want to go back to the ’50s."

March 8, 2017

200 Protest ‘Creepy Tweeter’-in-Chief at Women’s March in Ithaca

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Gusts of wind howled through the Ithaca Commons on Wednesday, flapping banners and dragging a rattling tambourine along the ground. But Ithaca’s women were louder.

Nearly 200 women and men stomped along a one-mile loop from City Hall to the Commons in a march that served to both celebrate International Women’s Day and protest proposals from President Donald Trump and other Republicans on issues including health care and immigration.

Nearly 200 people marched along a 1-mile route in Ithaca on Wednesday for International Women's Day.

Michael Suguitan / Sun Staff Photographer

Nearly 200 people marched along a 1-mile route in Ithaca on Wednesday for International Women’s Day.

Women around the country wore red to their jobs or stayed home from work to march or write postcards to representatives on Wednesday as part of a national strike.

Julie Kulik teaches children in a mentor program run by Earth Arts of Ithaca and said she was able to participate in the march because two stay-at-home fathers offered to teach her class for her.

Other women took extended lunches to wear pink hats and advocate for women’s rights along Ithaca’s streets.

“I am working today but I’m taking several hours off so that they’ll feel my absence,” said Maggie Walsh, who works as a consultant for a contact lens manufacturer. Walsh said her co-workers “all know I’m here and are all supportive of it.”

“They’ll get by without me for a little while,” she added, laughing.

One of many children donning red at the Women's March on Wednesday, Leo holds a sign outside of City Hall.

Jeeah Eom / Sun Staff Photographer

One of many children donning red at the Women’s March on Wednesday, Leo holds a sign outside of City Hall.

A plethora of signs included etchings such as, “I am a woman, what’s your superpower?” and “Females are strong as hell.”

Kristi Taylor, education director for the Advocacy Center of Tompkins County, said an event at Autumn Leaves bookstore later in the day would encourage Ithacans to write letters to Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.), whose district includes Ithaca, to support the Violence Against Women Act.

The march and strike, which some commentators have said is a protest largely for privileged women, was encouraged with honks of approval from cars and trucks on Green Street and by employees of shops on The Commons.

“It’s beautiful — it’s wonderful,” Abby Schnellinger of My American Crafts said as marchers passed by near the Bernie Milton Pavilion. “I wish I could be more a part of it, but I get to at least show my support from this far.”

Chants of “This is what democracy looks like” and “We want a leader, not a creepy tweeter,” rang out from women and men of all ages as they carried banners around downtown Ithaca.

Walsh, who said she also attended the Women’s March on Jan. 21 in Washington, D.C., said she wanted to continue “the resistance” and show solidarity with refugees and other groups in addition to women. Her dog, Nell, was one of several canines who trotted along with the marchers on Wednesday.

Another woman, Fullis Conroy, said she wanted to stop what she sees as regressive policies and rhetoric from the Trump administration on women’s issues.

“We don’t want to go back to the ’50s,” she said of the marchers. “We want to make sure that women’s rights as well as human rights are covered, and that means reproductive rights, that means LGBTQ rights and that means women’s pay should be equal to men’s.”

“With this administration, we’re going backwards,” she said.

  • Sea Diver Lost in Space

    A creep? You mean like Bill Clinton sticking a lit cigar into an intern’s vagina? Or creepy Joe Biden putting his hands on every girl – no matter how young – who came to the White House?

  • Sea Diver Lost in Space

    look at those beautiful women marching hahahahaha … looks like prize heffers in a 4H competition

    • what the fuck

      Comments like this only validate the point of those who are marching… Talking about another person like that is disgusting.

      • CU


    • Ignorance showcases your low IQ level

      Women are more than just physical appearances , they are people just like you

      • CU


    • CU

      Not nice. Not helpful.

  • Ben

    Keep it up with the identity politics. Republicans will end up with 60 Senate seats in 2018 and the Dems will become invisible.

  • Ben

    The poster is great. It glorifies an actress who agreed to have sex with a slug.

    • Captain Jack

      Question is: did Princess Leia keep her slug baby or abort it? lolz

  • Ezra Tank

    If these women really want to protest on the behalf of TRULY oppressed women then they should start by marching to the embassy’s of Saudi Arabia and other Muslim nations that truly oppress their women. But not this was nothing more than a veiled Trump protest by a bunch of sore losers that will continue to DIVIDE the nation because they think identity politics is more important than the country itself.

    LOL at the false narratives these women are espousing …

    I’m glad these women were able to take off work and voice their opinions. But in some school districts (Alexandria, VA) schools were closed for this! WTH? So now you’ve inconvenienced everyone else who suddenly has to go find child care for the day because you can’t march on a Saturday. These women are selfish clueless individuals.

    My wife laughed at all the women yesterday marching around in their veiled hatred of Trump funded by $246 million from none other than George Soros.

  • Walls

    I graduated from Cornell in the early 1970’s. Glad to see Ithaca is still Ithaca.