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People participating in marches in the United States and around the world walked in support of female empowerment and denounced President Donald Trump's views on immigration, abortion, LGBT rights and women's rights on the anniversary of his inauguration.

That included the location often referred to as the birthplace of the women’s rights movement, Seneca Falls, where a large crowd marched Saturday by the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, and the National Women’s Hall of Fame, among other landmarks.

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Washington Square Park was filled with pink hats and protest signs once again as the second Womens March gathered in downtown Rochester on Saturday.

Caroline Benec was out with a group of friends, she said as University of Rochester students they felt it was important to attend.


The organization that provides a variety of services to the LGBTQ+ community in the Greater Rochester area is looking for a new executive director.

The Out Alliance (formerly, the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley), has announced that Scott Fearing has resigned as executive director of the organization. Fearing has led the organization since 2013.

Fearing says that, “Helping to guide the growth of this incredible organization has been the honor of a lifetime. I am so excited to see where the agency will go in the future.” 

Tianna Manon

Classes have only been in session for two days at the University of Rochester. But already students are protesting the findings of an independent investigation into the allegations against professor Florian Jaeger and the University.

United Way

It’s a big year for the United Way of Greater Rochester. The organization is being led by a new president and CEO, Jaime Saunders, and is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The United Way is also changing how it conducts its campaign, focusing on – what it calls – a year-round cycle of giving and service.

“Our launch is in January this year,” Saunders said. “Not in March, not in April, because we are now making a turning point for a year-round of service.”


The longtime president and CEO of the YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County says it's become even more challenging for women to move out of poverty since she joined the organization in 1985.

Jean Carroll is leaving her position in April.  But she says the effort to empower women, promote peace, and eliminate racism must continue.

Carroll does believe there is more awareness in the Rochester community of the challenges facing the women the YWCA serves.

Rochester will not be the home for Amazon’s second headquarters.

On Thursday morning, Amazon released the list of 20 finalist cities, pared down from an initial list of 238. Rochester did not make the cut.

Leaders in local economic development and government had recently expressed optimism that Rochester would land on the list of possible destinations.


After 33 years as the head of the YWCA of Rochester & Monroe County, Jeanne Carroll is stepping down. Her last day will be April 30.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Carroll recalled her first board meeting in 1985 and “Feeling so energized about the organization, its mission and its people.” The YWCA’s goal is to help empower women, promote peace, and eliminate racism.


The University of Rochester campus newspaper, the Campus Times, is exploring more stories of students claiming their sexual harassment cases were mishandled by the administration.

The series is called, "When the Process Fails” and looks at stories of sexual assault allegations at UR other than the Jaeger case.

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb: