Hundreds Rally For Women's Rights In NYC Amid Divisions In Movement

January 19, 2019 - 1:38 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – New York City’s third annual Women's March took place on the Upper West Side Saturday – but an offshoot march showed divisions within the movement.

Hundreds marched for women’s rights near Central Park West in an event that has become synonymous with opposition to President Trump’s rhetoric and policies.

Jillian Candelaria form Long Beach says the president is a catalyst for wanting to make change.

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“I think that the most important thing is awareness. And I think that’s what the marches have been doing. Whether you believe in what we’re marching or not, now you’re aware of the inequalities and issues that face our society,” Candelaria said.

The Women's March on NYC is one of two women’s rights events happening in the city Saturday. The second in Foley Square is an off-shoot of the main event whose leaders have been accused of anti-Semitism.

Ruth from the Upper West Side is well aware of the schism.

“Some of the people in the movement are trying to destroy the movement from within, and that’s very dangerous and will hurt the future of any union that we have,” she said.

The march also comes as a winter storm eyes the New York metro area later Saturday.