Dueling women's marches held in New York City amid controversy

January 19, 2019 - 2:16 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Women’s marches around the nation are marking two years since President Trump took office and calling for activism to fight discrimination. 

There were two women’s marches held in New York City this year: one on Central Park West and a second in Foley Square.

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was among the speakers uptown.

“Thank you all so much for continuing and be part of this movement and the long history of women not taking nonsense,” she said.

The rally downtown has been the subject of some controversy after its organizers were accused of excluding Jewish women, which they denied.

There are also events in Albany and Saratoga Springs. There was supposed to be one in Buffalo, but it was delayed because of the winter snowstorm.

The organizers billed the rally as a way for women, girls and gender nonconforming people to celebrate victories over the past year and speak out against continued inequality in a variety of issues.

“It’s one thing to have rights on paper. It’s quite a different thing to have those rights fully realized in institutions that honor your existence,” a participant named Sarah told 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria.

Kim from New Jersey said immigration is a top priority for her.

“For all women, especially brown women – mothers who are being separated from their children at the border,” she said.

Among the other speakers Saturday were New York City’s First Lady Chirlane McCray and activist Gloria Steinem.