Seneca Falls is set to consider a resolution Tuesday night on whether or not to drop its financial support for the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
The resolution, proposed by Seneca Falls Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro, would end the town’s financial donations to the hall due to its decision to induct actress Jane Fonda.
Fonda was announced in March as a member of the 2019 class along with nine other women including Louise Slaughter and prominent attorney Gloria Allred.
Back in 1972, Fonda sparked controversy, that follows her to this day, over her decision to visit Hanoi, the enemy capital, during the Vietnam War, as part of a protest against U.S. bombing.
In the resolution, Supervisor Lazzaro writes, “Out of respect for the town’s many veterans who proudly served our nation and support for this outrageous induction choice should be vehemently opposed.”
The town says it has given $278,750 to the hall of fame over the last decade and has secured a $420,000 grant. But, if the resolution is approved, the town will end “any financial donations, cooperation, and in-kind services during all events associated with the National Women’s Hall of Fame” to take effect immediately.
The meeting on the matter is set for Tuesday night.
In a statement to News 8, the National Women’s Hall of Fame said:
The National Women’s Hall of Fame selected Seneca Falls, N.Y., as its home 50 years ago. Since its incorporation in 1969, the Hall has helped bring thousands of visitors to the region each year and has been an economic generator for the Town of Seneca Falls and the entire Finger Lakes Region. With the upcoming rehabilitation of the 1844 Seneca Knitting Mill, an historical treasure, we are on the cusp of opening the $8M facility’s first floor which will bring additional tourists to the Town, helping to keep its mark on the national map.
The National Women’s Hall of Fame has always honored and respected the Town’s important decisions to stand up for what was not historically deemed popular. The Hall is forever grateful for the steady hand that has always guided the Town to celebrate women’s achievements. We are, however, disappointed that we have not had the opportunity to meet with the Town to discuss its proposed resolution or the basis behind it. The National Women’s Hall of Fame board welcomes the opportunity to create an open dialogue to discuss the Town’s concerns. We believe that all voices should be heard before there is such a drastic step as the proposed resolution. That’s what democracy, and the efforts of women’s suffrage, are all about.
The induction ceremony for this year’s finalists will be September 14.